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Historical center of Bordeaux

Symbol of universal beauty

Bordeaux is the 6th largest city in France, situated in the south west, 6 hours from Paris and 2 ½ hours from Lourdes.

Its port “de la Lune (moon)” and its historic center are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.

Bordeaux is a port city with its beginnings going back to the 3rd century BCE. Its prosperity is thanks to its port which favored commercial trading with the Atlantic coast and with England. The mild climate and the talent of the region’s wine producers, as well as the port of commerce, were responsible for making Bordeaux wines famous.

These wines were much sought after in the Middle Ages especially in 1214. The English had invaded the region and had exonerated the people of the Bordeaux region from taxes on wines in order to increase commercial trading.

Today the historic center of the port city is exceptional, both for its urban context and its architecture. Its remarkable unity of style is both classical and neo-classical, along with its fountains, private city homes and wide avenues. The city, built during the Enlightenment, is still a symbol of culture and universal beauty.

After a day of discovering the city center of Bordeaux, one can discover the Basin of Arcachon, one hour away.

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