Bordeaux is a city of bustling markets, one-off boutiques that are shopping heaven, theatre and museums and a packed calendar of events. Then there are the fabulous restaurants and not forgetting, of course, the world-class wine.
Bordeaux’s UNESCO listing makes it the largest urban world heritage site and Bordeaux is now France’s second favourite city after the capital, Paris.
The riverside Chartrons quarter, once little more than derelict warehouses, today it is a lively quarter of town with interesting little boutiques, great restaurants, market, and the city’s Museum of Modern Art. The rest of city-centre Bordeaux has been similarly transformed over the past decade or so.
The old town is a fascinating area to walk around, with its mix of grand boulevards and narrow streets, neo-classical squares, stately mansions and historic monuments.