Regarded as the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux is an exciting destination for many reasons. Located on the banks of the Garonne in south-west France, Bordeaux was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007 in recognition of its priceless cultural riches and legacy which has survived through the centuries without losing any of its splendour.

You can wander through the iconic columns of the Grand Théâtre; sample vintage wines at the Cité du Vin; enjoy the local speciality canelé cake; visit the impressive Place de la Bourse or take in the reflections of the Miroir d’Eau, the largest reflecting pool in the world. Alternatively, on the right bank of the river, marvel at the curiosities you will find at Darwin, a new, ecologically restored, creative space where skaters, street artists and green entrepreneurs mingle.

In contradiction to its nickname of ‘Belle Endormie’ (Sleeping Beauty), Bordeaux has been the venue for many memorable public celebrations during major sporting events, including Rugby World Cup 2007 and UEFA Euro 2016. Many more memories will be created during Rugby World Cup 2023 at the brand-new, ultra-modern Stade de Bordeaux, the largest sports arena in the south-west of France.

(Photo: Christophe Bouthe – Bordeaux)