It is a city with many faces from its distinctly English flavor right through to its reputation as a little Paris of sorts. But it is Bordeaux’s world-famous vintages which have placed it firmly on the map making it one of France’s top tourist destinations. The world’s number one wine producing city sits close to the Bay of Biscay, on the banks of the River Garonne which runs right through it. It is also located to the north of Bayonne, Pau and Toulouse, while Limoges lies to its northeast. With the opportunity for loads of fun activities such as touring its expansive Musée d’Aquitaine, indulging in retail therapy on its Rue Sainte-Catherine or attending the Bordeaux National Opera, there can be no doubt that your visit to Bordeaux is bound to be a thoroughly enjoyable one.

During your vacation in Bordeaux you will be able to go on wine tours, admire the engineering marvel that is Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas and stroll through the vast Esplanade des Quinconces. If you happen to be arriving from Paris, home to the glittering Eiffel tower by train, your trip will last approximately four and half hours while a journey from sunlit Nice would take about five hours. And while there are several choices for getting around in Bordeaux, bus and bicycle are two favorite options. It is also possible to explore the city by train, tram and ferry. One of the best places to embark on an adventure of discovery in the city is the vast Musée d’Aquitaine and thanks to the wealth of artifacts on display, you will come away extremely knowledgeable on the history of the city and the Aquitaine region. No visit to the world’s wine capital would be complete without a tour of La Cité du Vin, which once completed will leave you feeling like an expert on the city’s vintages.

Because nothing quite beats shopping on holiday, a visit to Rue Sainte-Catherine might just turn out to be one of the highlights of your vacation. It’s even better during sales season which takes place in February and July when you will be able to snag several delightful bargains. And one of the very best places for relaxing and enjoying a hint of tranquility after all your adventures is the Jardin Public. An elegant, English style garden, it is the perfect setting for settling down to a pleasant picnic right next to its lake.