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Bordeaux (33 Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine) has improved its image and facilities in recent years and now celebrates its river (Garonne) with a River Festival (20-23 June 2019) every other year – Bordeaux Fête le Fleuve with singing and dancing on the quays throughout the weekend.

Previously the riverside tended to be more industrial and delapidated – or bordered by heavy traffic – so along with many other aspects of the city it has become more visitor-friendly and relaxed.

Bordeaux will play host to a new festival open to the public and centred on the Garonne river, music, and dance . In previous years this has coincided with the arrival of the Belem, France’s last surviving three-masted tall ship, which will drop anchor in the Port de la Lune, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. For 10 days, the Bordeaux waterfront will be swarming with experienced yachtsmen and sailing enthusiasts: excitement and atmosphere guaranteed!

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For more recommendations on where to stay, eat, visit etc see “le weekend in Bordeaux”

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Only one hour from Paris by plane, and three hours by train (TGV), Bordeaux is the capital of southwestern France. It is distinguished by its exceptional 18th century architecture that has earned it the title of “Little Paris” around 200 years ago, and more recently its World Heritage status by UNESCO. Its recent urban developments are in a city where life is good, and where gastronomy, culture, shopping and services are held, near the famous vineyards of the world’s finest wines. Many discovery tours and gourmet strolls are offered in order to taste the local produce, and particularly the prestigious wines. Every two years, the Bordeaux Wine Festival takes place in the last week of June. It was the first tourism event for wines in France, and it is a very unique program which boasts many simultaneous festivals.

Things to be sure not to miss in Bordeaux:

  • The Esplanade des Quinconces, the largest downtown city square in Europe
  • The facade of the dock, its walkways, taverns and river excursions
  • The Grand Théâtre, the Rohan Palace and the Palace of the Bourse… Masterpieces of the eighteenth century
  • The cathedral and the two basilicas, historical steps on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle
  • The squares of old Bordeaux, its many craft shops and vast number of outdoor cafés
  • The “Bordeaux Triangle,” the four-seasons market, its palace, opera house and luxurious boutiques St. Catherine Street, with its many shops and sidewalk cafés
  • The district of Chartrons, a former headquarters for traders, antique dealers, and artists alike
  • The Saint-Michel district, its many flea-markets and their hidden treasures The numerous museums and antique art galleries

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