When her majesty The Queen visited Bordeaux, she described it as ‘the very essence of elegance’. You may be familiar with Bordeaux’s reputation for producing high quality wines, but there is much more to France’s eighth largest city. An extensive programme of restoration has ensured that there has never been a better time to explore the streets, buildings, riverbank and museums of Bordeaux.Located in South West France, Bordeaux combines a rich and luxurious history with new cultural influences. To illustrate the historic importance of the area, 1,810 hectares of Bordeaux is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. You can request details and maps of walking tours around the city from the Tourist Information Centre. Following these routes you will discover a wealth of delights including the Place des Quinconces, Grand Theatre, Porte Caihau and Grosse Cloche, all of which are located along the bend of the Garonne River. You can also get details of guided wine tours from the Tourist Information Centre.The city is quite widely spread, so it can be advisable to make use of the tram and bus services to reach sites and areas that are outside of the main city centre. Let’s just say that driving through Bordeaux’s streets is a challenge! If you prefer there are guided bus tours through the city, with tickets that allow you to hop on and off at the main attractions. As you would expect from an exceptionally stylish city, Bordeaux has plenty of boutiques and department stores for those who enjoy shopping. Coupled with a fantastic selection of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, city gardens and boat trips along the river, the city is ideal for short break or for a day out from one of France’s West Coast resorts. Combining Bordeaux and Biscarrosse for the perfect holidayBordeaux is just over an hour’s drive from the Carisma campsite in Biscarrosse. It can offer a great place to stop on route to this lakeside destination, but to fully explore the city, it is better to make plans for a day trip. Combining the elegance of Bordeaux with the delights of a sunny lakeside location can add up to the perfect holiday experience.Biscarrosse Plage boasts miles of sandy beaches and the inland lake is also surrounded by golden sand which is ideal for sunbathing. If you are looking for more activity, the lake is big enough to try out wind surfing and a range of other water sports. It is also possible to explore the area on horseback or bicycle, or head off to Bisc’Aventure for high wire games and courses through the trees of Landes Forest.If you are looking to combine a city break with a relaxing beach holiday, Bordeaux and Biscarrosse could offer the perfect solution.
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