Strong of its history and dynamism, Bordeaux is a city with a rich heritage, numerous sites and monuments, and a traditional and typical way of life. The city is only 2 hours away from Paris by fast train and its airport has a lot of direct flights to major European cities.
Bordeaux is of course the (world!) capital of wine and one of the main gastronomic place in France. The must-see visits include the new ‘city of wine‘ (and its panoramic view on the Garonne river from the wine bar) or a tour of the most prestigious chateaux. One should also discover the old town and the beauty of its middle age sites, such as the old gate known as Porte Cailhau:
or the Grosse Cloche (the ‘Big bell’):
as well as the Royal square, known as Place de la Bourse, and its magic water mirror:
While walking around, one should stop at a local delicatessen for a coffee with a cannelé.
From Bordeaux, it is easy to reach the Pyrénées mountains for hiking, the Basques country and its huge waves for surfing, the Landes forest and the gigantic dune of Pilat:
or the picturesque villages and gastronomic charms of Dordogne, Lot or Gers:
where you can meet both Cyrano and d’Artagnan :