The legendary city of Bordeaux is one of France’s most popular holiday destinations after its recent transformation, and a wander around the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site makes it very easy to see why; verdant vineyards give the city a picturesque perimeter while magnificent monuments dance with an array of architectural styles; the vibrant river front buzzes with the convivial chatter of coffee shops; and within the ornate art galleries, masterpieces hang proudly from crisp and clean walls.
An integral activity on any Bordeaux itinerary is the exploration of its vineyards, which are considered the most culturally diverse in France; distinctive tours can be enjoyed on bicycles or on foot, and take you through winding lanes of grapes to discover medieval castles and ocean vistas.
The city’s Cathedral St. Andre is an arresting vision of filigreed spires and elaborate windows that presents a typical example of beautiful Baroque architecture.
Occupying 2 wings of the opulent Hotel de Ville, the Musee des Beaux-Arts presents a fine collection of pieces from artistic pioneers; the exhibition straddles every movement from Occidental to Renaissance, and provides refreshing insight into seminal works from the likes of Picasso and Goyen.
Le Passage Saint Michel also offers a visual banquet of antique treasures dating as far back as the 19th century; it’s a glittering trove of memorabilia begging to be purchased or perused.
Bordeaux’s chic and sophisticated style has ensured its culinary offerings are nothing short of spectacular; an exquisite eatery in which to enjoy classic French cuisine in all of its splendour is La Tupina, a rustic yet refine establishment that serves delightfully decadent dishes such as foie gras terrine, confit duck and chocolate gateau smothered in crème anglaise. Relax by the warm fireplace and enjoy the fabulous French ambience of this culinary gem.(6 Rue Porte de la Monnaie, 33800, Bordeaux)