Bordeaux guide - Victoria Nabholz
Bordeaux guide - Victoria Nabholz
Bordeaux guide - Victoria Nabholz
Bordeaux Centuries of History

Bordeaux Centuries of History

Discover the rich history of the Port of the Moon with Bordeaux guide tours! The first settlement was detected in the 6th century before J.C. Due to its valuable strategic location, Bordeaux (which was christened ...

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Wine and water – River tours

Bordeaux’s home along the banks of the Garonne River is the perfect place to begin a river cruise Bordeaux tour. A city that flourished in large part because of the river, Bordeaux is now paying tribute to the Garonne...

The great chateaux tours

The great chateaux tours

One of the world’s most renowned wine regions, Bordeaux wine tours are among the top activity for all levels of oenophiles. Whether an amateur, a connoisseur, or one looking to relax among the vines that have made ...

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Architecture and wine

Classified as a “City of Art and History,” Bordeaux has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a “great urban and architectural ensemble" and the city’s preserved historical buildings are not to be missed.

 

The best guide to Bordeaux

Stroll the most graceful streets in France, eat well, drink better and then have the liveliest possible time in a city lately in touch with its Latin side. It is no hazard that, following its 2007 classification as a World Heritage Site, Bordeaux in 2015 bagged the title of Europe's Best Destination - against opposition from many of the continent's finest cities. In the past, the place was indeed full of good taste and tradition. “The very essence of elegance,” concluded HM Queen last time she visited Bordeaux. The centre had a grandiose 18th-century harmony unmatched in Europe. It seemed quite possible that the French Revolution never made it this far.

Poor people looked rich and rich people didn’t look at all. But the city felt haughty and aloof. It had also grown shabby round the edges. No longer. Bordeaux has had the renovators in with a vengeance. Most recently, the city has welcomed the riverside Cité-du-Vin- a wine centre-cum-museum-cum-gallery without equal in Europe. It dusts off the wine world, and gives it a playful sheen for the 21st-century. Then again, Bordeaux was already getting up to speed-restoring noble façades, installing trams and reclaiming from dereliction the vast swathe of riverbank. There are few more graceful urban sights in France than the miroir-d'eau reflecting the splendid Palais-de- la-Bourse.

Culture, once all bow-ties and long frocks, has now embraced hip-hop. You may still wear collar studs to the Grand Theatre, but nose studs are rife in the bars and clubs of the St Pierre district or down on the Quai Paludate strip, where only dead-beats duck out before dawn.

This remains the world HQ of wine and château-owning folk. Many do their business in the Chartrons district, where there’s a lingering air of aristocratic commerce. But there’s also a cracking museum of modern art next door, tapas bars up the road and fusion food in the restaurants. Talking of which, the top-end restaurant scene has been renewing itself in recent years, underlining that Bordeaux really is in the vibe. Multi-Michelin star man, Joël Robuchonn has now ceded his place at the ultra-luxurious Grande Maison hotel to the no-less exceptional Pierre Gagnaire. Philippe Etchebest - lethal host of French TV's version of Kitchen Nightmare - took over the ovens at the Grand Theatre's restaurant in September 2015, while- with pleasing symetry- the original Kitchen Nightmare, Britain's Gordon Ramsay, started running gastronomic operations within the terribly swish Grand Hotel directly opposite.