Bordeaux is a jewel of architecture, culture, history, gastronomy and the Arts


Bordeaux is in the southwest of France, has 150,000 inhabitants and is the ninth-largest city in France.

Bordeaux is known for its world-renowned wines.

The centre of Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is where there are more protected historical monuments after Paris.

Bordeaux has been voted by the French as the most attractive city in France for its quality of life and was chosen as the most “fashionable” city to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet.

With a lively nightlife, Bordeaux welcomes thousands of students each year attracted by the quality of education.

The landscape of the Bordeaux region, with its vineyards, its Atlantic vegetation, its forests, its natural parks and, of course, its coastline, create a wonderful ensemble of nature.

In Bordeaux are the famous castles Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Mouton Rothschild.

Enjoy the typical Bordeaux cake “Canelé” (made with rum and vanilla) in Sainte Catherine, the busiest street in the pedestrian zone of central Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is full of museums, the second-largest museum city in France behind Paris.

You can visit the classics like the Musée des Beaux-arts, one of the oldest museums in the country, or the Musée d'Aquitaine dedicated to the history of Bordeaux and Aquitaine from prehistory to the present day.

You can also discover more modern places of contemporary creation, such as the surprising MECA of Base sous-marine or the spectacular Cité du Vin, the 7th best museum in the world by National Geographic.

Bordeaux's essentials are visiting the wineries and the wine castles and tasting the great vintage wines.

Discover its astonishing architecture, stroll through the narrow streets of the city centre, sit on the terrace of a café located in a 15th-century building, and discover the banks of the Garonne that have nothing to envy the River Seine, everything is as essential as the wines when coming to Bordeaux.

Why Bordeaux is the best city to live and study French in France

  • A lively city welcoming about 70000 students each year.
  • Historical city: the city centre is a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Located less than an hour from the Atlantic Ocean (Bassin d’Arcachon/ Lacanau).
  • World Wine Capital is surrounded by some of the most famous vineyards in the world.

Most popular sights, tourist attractions and things to do and see in Bordeaux

  • Aquitaine Museum (Musée d’Aquitaine).
  • Big Bell (Grosse Cloche).
  • Cailhau gate (Porte Cailhau).
  • CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Cathedral and Pey Berland Tower (Cathédrale et Tour Pey Berland).
  • City of Wine (Cité du Vin).
  • Cruise on river Garonne.
  • Darwin Ecosystem (Darwin Ecosysteme).
  • Grand Theater (Grand Théâtre).
  • Public garden (Jardin Public).
  • St Michel Arrow (Flèche St Michel).
  • Water mirror (Miroir d’eau).

Most important events and festivals in Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux Wine Festival (Fête du Vin), every 2 years in June
  • Climax Festival, every year in September.
  • Food Festival (Les Epicuriales) every year in June.
  • River Festival (Fête du Fleuve), every 2 years in June.


Population (hab)254,436
Altitude (m.a.s.l.)6

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Les Ateliers FL Bordeaux

Les Ateliers FL Bordeaux

French language school IH Bordeaux is located in a typical 19th-century mansion in the city centre of Bordeaux