France’s sixth-largest city, Bordeaux, is its de facto wine capital, hemmed in by the sun-soaked vineyards of the country’s largest wine-producing region. This UNESCO World Heritage city is rich in stately architecture and grand boulevards, nestled in the crescent-shaped curve of the Garonne River—the Port de la Lune (Port of the Moon)—and bursting with bistros, boutiques, and museums.
Wine tasting tours are a staple of a Bordeaux city break, and you don’t have to travel far to find yourself amid rolling vines and Grand Cru châteaux. To the east, the storybook village of Saint-Émilion also boasts UNESCO status, while further south, the pine forests of Les Landes fringe the golden beaches of Arcachon Bay, and Europe’s highest sand dune, the Dune of Pilat, affords views along the Atlantic Coast.
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Admire the architecture on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed historic centre, browse the boutiques of the Golden Triangle, Bordeaux’s central shopping district, then pick up some lunch from the Marché des Capucins. Swing by the Cité du Vin to sip some Bordeaux reds before hopping aboard for a sunset cruise along the Garonne River.