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What to see in Bordeaux

Bordeaux Attractions

Although Bordeaux has a reputation for being a little seedy the city is making a colossal effort to spruce itself up and it has some magnificent architecture to show off. Visitors will be impressed by the attractions in Bordeaux and will find plenty of worthwhile things to see and do in this proud old city, especially if they like wine.

Vieux Bordeaux, the old town, is a treasure trove of magnificent buildings and a lovely area to stroll around. Most of the city's attractions are clumped together in this charming area, which makes it convenient to tackle sightseeing on foot. Boat rides are also a popular and fun way to see the old town. There are a number of must-see attractions in Vieux Bordeaux. The Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, considered one of the grandest 18th-century theatres in the world, is a really special place to watch an opera or ballet. The Basilique St-Michel, a magnificent Gothic cathedral and a feature on the Santiago de Compostello pilgrimage, has windows designed by Modernist artist Max Ingrand. The Musee des Beaux-Arts is home to a fine collection of European paintings.

Two venerable old squares to visit are the Esplanade des Quinconces, which is enormous, and the smaller but more beautiful Place de la Bourse. A walk along the river from Place de la Bourse to the Port of the Moon is a wonderful experience and encompasses the best of Bordeaux.

Of course, for many the main attraction of Bordeaux is the wine and there are numerous vineyards and cellars to be explored. Most of the famous wineries in the area offer tours and tastings and Bordeaux certainly doesn't fail to impress in this regard.

Basilique St-Michel

Constructed in stages between the 14th and 16th centuries, the Basilique St-Michel is a typical Gothic-style church and the main place of Catholic worship in Bordeaux. The main distinguishing feature,…

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Bordeaux Wine Country

The area surrounding Bordeaux produces more than 70 million gallons of wine each year, including some of the world's best red wine. Many vineyards are small family-run businesses without staff to cater…

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Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

Designed by renowned architect Victor Louis, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux was built between 1773 and 1780 and is one of the grandest 18th-century theatres remaining in the world. It served…

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Musée des Beaux-Arts

The Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1801 and is one of the largest French galleries outside of the capital city of Paris. Featuring the works of artists from the 15th to the 20th centuries,…

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Vieux Bordeaux

Vieux Bordeaux (old town) centres on the Quartier St-Pierre, which is surrounded by narrow streets, and lined with old churches and grand mansions adorned by wrought-iron balconies and arcading.…

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