Bordeaux is a major cultural centre in south-west France, the capital of the country's Aquitaine region. Its crescent-shaped harbour, formed by a bend in the River Garonne where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, is colourfully nicknamed Le Port de la Lune (the Port of the Moon). Bordeaux's history is long and resonates with history: Neanderthal man settled in the region during prehistoric times and the area has been continuously inhabited ever since by a succession of Celtic tribes, Roman conquerors, Vandals, Visigoths, Franks, the British and then the French. Even today it is considered the most "un-French" city in France.
The city is a rich melange of grand squares, elegant tree-lined boulevards, landscaped quaysides, trendy cafes, clubs and restaurants and impressive buildings, with more preserved historic buildings than any other French city except Paris. Bordeaux, at the centre of one of the world's foremost wine regions, is also renowned for its fine wine. Bordeaux is a city that knows all about life's earthly pleasures, and visitors on cheap holidays to Bordeaux can stroll along the Garonne, enjoy the mild year-round climate from a cafe terrace, admire magnificent architecture and art collections, and of course sample some of the world's finest wines and local cuisine.
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Many of Bordeaux's historic monuments, beautiful buildings and fine museums are within easy walking distance of each other. The beautiful Esplanade des Quincones overlooks the Garonne River, and along the Garonne are the neoclassical Grand Théâtre, the elegant Palais de la Bourse and the Hôtel des Douanes (Customs House). The nearby Rue des Trois Conils features the Gothic Cathédrale St-André, one of three Bordeaux churches listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the majestic Hôtel de Ville and the Musée des Beaux Arts, featuring works by Perugino, Titian, Rubens, Brueghel, Matisse, Renoir, Delacroix, Seurat and other masters.
The superb collection at the Musée de l'Aquitaine is one of the city's finest, but don't miss out on the Croiseur Colbert, a museum of a different type. This French warship is now a floating museum where visitors on cheap holidays to Bordeaux can tour the engine room, galley and Admiral's flat for a fascinating glimpse of life on the high seas. Bordeaux's Quartier des Chartrons is the home of the city's Museum of Contemporary Art along with trendy shops, bars and restaurants housed in the restored centuries-old residences of wealthy wine merchants. Direct Flights will help you plan your discount travel to Bordeaux and then set up your arrangements from the convenience of your computer. Direct Flights will help you get the best travel deals available, and it's fast, easy and convenient.
Rue Ste-Catherine, a major road even during Roman times, is in the heart of Bordeaux and is the city's busiest shopping street. You might also want to take a cruise-tour up the Garonne River, allowing you to see nearby Blaye, Cadillac and Libourne. And you can use your accommodation in Bordeaux as a base for day trips to some of the area's renowned vineyards, including châteaux LaTour Martillac, Margaux, Lafite-Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild.
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