Vacations in Bordeaux, France, put you in the heart of the largest wine-making region in the world, but you don't need to be an avid oenophile to enjoy the varied treasures of this beautiful port city on the Garonne River. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port of the Moon, centuries-old monuments, and many splendid parks and gardens make Bordeaux vacation packages appealing to all.
Bordeaux has approximately 350 listed heritage buildings, making a stroll along its historic streets a pleasant way to spend a day. Notable among them are the Saint-Andre Cathedral, consecrated in 1096 and mostly built in the 14th and 15th centuries and the Basilica of Saint Michael, one of many exemplary Gothic and Baroque churches in Bordeaux. The city's Musee des Beaux Arts, considered one of the top galleries in France, presents works by such artists as Delacroix, Renoir, Picasso, and Matisse. Find cheap hotels in Bordeaux and save your money to spend along the mile of shops, cafes, and restaurants of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest pedestrian street in France. A great destination for families is Parc Bordelais, a park with around 3,000 trees. It offers a puppet theater, miniature train ride, and petting barn for children.
The Bordeaux region has produced wine since the eighth century, making it a fitting host for Vinexpo, one of the largest wine fairs in the world. The event attracts thousands of exhibitors and is held on odd-numbered years. On even-numbered years, the Bordeaux Wine Festival takes place over four days in late-June. Visit tasting booths along the left bank of the Garonne, attend wine tasting workshops, and enjoy live music every night. Find Bordeaux package deals during the holiday season and you can shop at the 200-plus chalets that pop up for the city's annual Christmas Market.
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