Bordeaux is the undisputed wine capital of the world. Over 70 million gallons of wine are produced here each year, and you can visit many of the vineyards during your stay, where you will be given guided tours and wine tastings. The Maison du Vin de Bordeaux can offer you maps and information on where to go. Many chateaux also open up their cellars to visitors to offer samples of their produce.
Itís not all wine however. The local university attracts many students from around the world each year, making Bordeaux an exciting melting pot of cultures. As is expected of a French city, food is highly regarded and the numerous restaurants will no doubt keep any foodie happy.
In terms of history, Vieux Bordeaux (Old Bordeaux) contains many churches and buildings. The Grand Theatre Place de la Comedie is situated here; built in the 18th century, its beautiful interior plays host to many ballets and operas. Place de la Bourse, home to the stock exchange, is another picturesque sight complete with a pretty fountain.
The 13th century Cathedrale St. Andre offers sweeping views from its tower, and Bordeauxís museums are dotted around here. The Musee des Beaux Arts will be of interest to fans of fine European Art.
The Pont de Pierre, a bridge constructed in Napoleonís time, is an impressive sight at night, when floodlights shine through its 17 arches, each one a tribute to Napoleonís triumphs.