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Bordeaux is a City in France

Aug 22, 2007
Bordeaux is a port city in the south west of France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais.

Bordeaux traces its origins to Roman times, when a settlement was founded on the Rive Gauche left bank of the River Garonne. The site chosen was on a bend of the river, which formed a crescent shaped harbour, known as Port de la Lune. It was under English rule from 1154 to 1453 and was the seat of the French government in 1914 and again in 1940.

A network of trams makes the city easily accessible and has had a major effect on the volume of traffic.

With almost 100,000 students, the cities university is renowned for its research units in crop science and new materials.

Tourism in Bordeaux had already developed considerably following the cities extensive facelift. However, it will now be entering a new dimension thanks to the UNESCO listing, undoubtedly exceeding the 3 million visitors a year Bordeaux currently welcomes.

Bordeaux is the trading centre of a notable wine producing region. The city in west of France, is worldwide famous for its wines, but lately the city itself is drawing the attention of tourists thanks to its splendid gothic cathedrals and 18th century mansions. Night owls head for the bars and clubs open until the early morning hours around the quai du Paludate.

The Aquitaine Bridge is an architectural achievement unique in France not to be missed. Do not miss the Victory Arch Roman architecture, at the centre of La Victoire. Rest for a while in the wide Public Garden, north of Gambetta square. Finally checkout the statues and the Girondins memorial on the Quinconces square.

There is a wide selection of properties including budget, business, tourist, luxury, bed and breakfasts and apartments accommodation. Hotels offer comfort, quality and great value for the money, ideal for leisure and business travellers.

Bordeaux is packed with numerous restaurants, many of them top-notch, and due to its position close to the Atlantic coast, fresh seafood features prominently on many a Bordelais menu. The best place to look for restaurants is around place du Parliament and place St Pierre, where youll find something to satisfy all tastes and budgets.

A mild temperature can be enjoyed all year round. So go on take a trip and have a lot of fun.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Bordeaux Rental Site
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