Spotlight on Bordeaux

Spotlight on Bordeaux

 

Bordeaux is the sixth biggest city in France, with an inner city population of around 250,000. The locals are known as Bordelais and Bordelaises.  The part of the city known as “Le Port de La Lune” is a Unesco World Heritage site. The region is the wine capital of the world, bringing in around €14.5 billion each year.

Bordeaux’s economy is in good health compared to the rest of the country. It was ranked as the fourth most “dynamic” city in France for jobs in a 2013 table that saw Nantes finish on top and Toulouse in second place.

Ranked as the fourth most desirable French city to live in, Bordeaux beats Paris in both financial and meteorological climate.

While it is rich port city, your euro will go much further here than in the capital. And if you share the French preference for countryside living, the city is even more attractive; it’s just a day-trip away from the Atlantic coast and boasts a wealth of public parks within the city limits.

And then there is the wine!

Bordelaise wine is renowned for a reason.

Living within this wine culture gives you access to not only an abundance of tasting opportunities at local restaurants and nearby vineyards, but also two wine museums that specialise in the history of Bordeaux wine culture (and which also happen to offer tastings).

Your everyday diet will literally be infused with wine – many traditional sauces and meat dishes incorporate local wines. Pro tip for wine lovers: when in doubt, any dish described as à la bordelaise will likely be steeped in a local wine sauce.

Wine crawl through the streets of Bordeaux

New Urban Wine Trail to explore the city and its wine bars
The Bordeaux Tourist Office have created the Urban Wine Trail, a route that allows you to explore the centre of the city and its wine bars. So, if you’re a wine expert, embark on this new type of wine tourism! Check it out here https://www.cirkwi.com/en/circuit/36819-urban-wine-trail

Suzanna Clarke

Originally from New Zealand, in the past decade I've renovated several properties, written a book ("A House in Fez"), and helped to start a library for children in the Fez Medina. I really enjoy helping our guests make the most of their holiday. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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