Bordeaux is the capital of the Aquitaine region and is one of France’s oldest cities, founded in 3BC by the Romans. The city is the world’s wine industry capital and wine has been produced here since the 8th century. Bordeaux wine can be sampled at one of the many chateaux in the region where one can see the vineyards and learn more about the history of these fine concoctions. Bordeaux has good transport links and its own airport.
Bordeaux is a great place to visit and has amazing architecture; in 2007 the city was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site because of the beauty and unity that the city’s buildings have maintained over the centuries. It is a classified city of “Art and History.” The Grand Théâter has a fabulous neo-classical building and is the centre of artistic life in Bordeaux. One of the most spectacular bridges in France is Bordeaux’s Pont de Pierre, commissioned by Napoleon.
In total the city does in fact have 350 historic monuments and in the district of St Michel is one of the main landmarks St Michel Church. The Jardin Public is a lovely place to stroll and picnic on a summer’s day. Bordeaux boasts Europe’s longest shopping street Rue Saint Catherine it has 1.2km of shops, restaurants and cafés and is pedestrian only. The city has a superb selection of restaurants and bars.
Many of Bordeaux’s French residents live in the centre of the city, while overseas buyers tend to buy in the suburbs. This has led to suburban house prices being not much cheaper than in the heart of the city. The houses towards the centre are very high and the streets narrow, many of which are apartments and townhouses with courtyards; if you want a big garden or a detached property, then a property in the city’s suburbs or beyond may suit you better.