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Bordeaux


Located near the Atlantic Coast on the River Garonne in southwestern France, Bordeaux is the capital city of both the Aquitaine region and the prefecture of the Gironde department. As of 2010, the city had a population of 239,157, with 1,127,776 people living in the city's metropolitan area.


Key Facts about Bordeaux


Here are some facts about Bordeaux:
  1. Bordeaux is a port city in southwestern France.

  2. Bordeaux is located on the Rver Garonne near the Atlantic Coast.

  3. Bordeaux is the capital city of both the Aquitaine region and the prefecture of the Gironde department.

  4. As of 2010, Bordeaux had a population of 239,157, with 1,127,776 people living in the metropolitan area.

  5. People who live in Bordeaux are known as "Bordelais" (men) or "Bordelaises" (women).

  6. Bordeaux's nicknames are "La perle d'Aquitaine" (the pearl of Aquitaine), and "La Belle Endormie" (the Sleeping Beauty). The latter nickname refers to the center of city, which was once blackened by pollution (although this is in fact no longer the case).

  7. Bordeaux is known as a key city in the wine industry:

    • Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since at least the 8th century.

    • Bordeaux is home to the world's largest wine fair, Vinexpo.

    • Wine is a major contributor to Bordeaux's economy. It has been estimated it contributes 14.5 billion euro's to the city's economy each year.

  8. The historic part of Bordeaux is listed a UNESCOM World Heritage Site for its 18th century buildings.



Weather in Bordeaux


Bordeaux is generally considered to have an oceanic climate, although Winters can be milder (because of westerly winds from the Atlantic), and Summers warmer (because of the influence of the nearby Bay of Biscay), than many other areas classified similarly.

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Books about Bordeaux


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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast

By DK Travel

Dk Pub
Released: 2016-07-19
Paperback (320 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast will lead you straight to the best attractions this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

Taste the best vineyards, discover prehistoric cave paintings, and indulge in the flavors of Aquitaine's local produce and classic dishes. Explore the major sites, beaches, and resorts with town-by-town listings and practical information on getting around by train, boat, and bike.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day trips and itineraries to explore beyond the cities and town.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations. 

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast truly shows you this region as no one else can.

Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to France, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: France, which offers the most complete coverage of the country, trip-planning itineraries, and more.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Bordeaux & surrounding areas - Zoom Map 126 (Michelin Zoom Maps)

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Bordeaux Travel Guide (Quick Trips Series): Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun

By Crystal Stewart

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Paperback (54 pages)

Bordeaux Travel Guide (Quick Trips Series): Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun
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Enjoy your trip to France with the Bordeaux Travel Guide: Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun.

The Quick Trips to France Series provides key information about the best sights and experiences if you have just a few days to spend in the exciting destination of Bordeaux.

So don't waste time! We give you sharp facts and opinions that are accessible to you quickly when in Bordeaux. Like the best and most famous sightseeing attractions & fun activities (including Biarritz, History Museum, Virgin on the Rock, Museum of the Sea, City of the Ocean, Asiatic and Oriental Art Museum, Biarritz Lighthouse, Bayonne, Cazenave Chocolate Shop & Tea Room, Saint Mary’s Cathedral & Cloister, History Museum of the Basques, Bonnat Museum, Saint Jean-de-Luz, Saint John the Baptist Church, House of Louis XIV, St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Cheese Cave, Bishop’s Prison, Route de Corniche (between Saint-Jean-de-Luz & Hendaye), Little Train of La Rhune, Villa Arnaga House & Gardens, Grottos of Isturitz & Oxocelhaya, Basque Cake Museum, Chateau Abbadia, La-Pierre-St-Martin Ski Resort, Etxola Animal Park), where to experience the local culture, great local restaurant choices and accommodation for the budget-minded. Where to shop until you drop, party the night away and then relax and recover!

Also included is information about the typical weather conditions in Bordeaux, Entry Requirements, Health Insurance, Travelling with Pets, Airports & Airlines in France, Currency, Banking & ATMs, Credit Cards, Reclaiming VAT, Tipping Policy, Mobile Phones, Dialling Code, Emergency numbers, Public Holidays in France, Time Zone, Daylight Savings Time, School Holidays, Trading Hours, Driving Laws, Smoking Laws, Drinking Laws, Electricity, Tourist Information (TI), Food & Drink Trends, and a list of useful travel websites.

The Bordeaux Travel Guide: Sights, Culture, Food, Shopping & Fun - don't visit France without it!

Available in print and in ebook formats.

The Complete Bordeaux

By Stephen Brook

Mitchell Beazley
Released: 2017-05-30
Hardcover (720 pages)

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The wines of Bordeaux are universally recognized as being among the finest in the world and in this fully revised and updated edition of his classic text, renowned wine expert Stephen Brook provides an unrivalled survey of the region and its wines.

The Complete Bordeaux offers detailed information on the many communes and appellations of Bordeaux as well as descriptions and assessments of all its major properties. As well as incisive portraits of the leading properties and their produce, Stephen Brook provides a detailed look at Bordeaux's lesser-known areas and chateaux.

There is also an invaluable vintage guide to the last four decades. Bordeaux encapsulates an incredible 13,000 wineries throughout 54 appellations and this book includes a thorough explanation of Bordeaux's history, terroir, and winemaking styles.


 
 
 

 
 
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