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Maison du Vin, Bordeaux Every two years Bordeaux hosts a famous celebration that attracts thousands of travelers from different countries of the world. This is the famous wine festival «Bordeaux Fete le Vin». This festival is visited by wine manufacturers and connoisseurs of this amazing drink. Experienced collectors are also not rare guests of this event. As a rule, they come there to buy new valuable additions to cellars of collections of wine. The festival is organized on even years and usually takes place in the last couple of weekends of June. Despite the fact that the festival is quite young, it has already gained a lot of fans.
Your rest in Bordeaux will bring you lots of unforgettable memories. Tourists are welcome to mix walks to historical places and sightseeing with visits to various entertainment centers, … Open
For the first time «Bordeaux Fete le Vin» was held in 1998. The idea of the celebration belongs to the mayor of Bordeaux. In this way he wanted to tell visitors of the celebration about the local wine manufacturers and, thus, increase their popularity. The idea was successful, and within just several years a modest city-level festival has grown into a global event. The program of the modern festival is very rich and diverse. The celebration is started by a gorgeous parade, which is attended by all regional manufacturers of wine.
The participants of the procession dress up in beautiful costumes and go through all main streets of the city. The procession ends on Place de la Bourse Square. Next the city’s mayor makes a welcome speech and announces the opening of the holiday. After the speech attention of all guests is automatically captured by the drink. The square becomes the location of mass wine tasting. Visitors are also offered to try delicious local delicacies. Each year the tasting includes at least 80 varieties of wine, and each drink differs by its unique taste and aroma. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. A large part of the local malls and shops open around 10:00 and work until 18:00 - 20:00. Some shops close for a small lunch break. Saturday is usually considered a short working day, … Open
The waterfront of the city becomes the location of multiple trading platforms. Here guests of the city can taste and buy their favorite sorts of wine. Guests of the festival are also invited to attend interesting lectures and master classes. Numerous theater performances and concerts, colorful parades and competitions are held here until late in the evening. At night the waterfront turns into a true wine feast. Everyone is welcome to come with their own wine and snacks, and relax at a long table in a large company.
Bordeaux France Tourists are also invited to participate in fascinating tours, which take place in urban wineries and vineyards. Just like any other festival, «Bordeaux Fete le Vin» would not be complete without nice souvenirs. In the memory of the festival tourists and local people can purchase interesting tableware, glass and decanter sets, and other cute and useful items that are necessary for wine ceremony.
Do you associate Bordeaux only with historical monuments and French restaurants? It's time to take a look at this wonderful French town in another way. On weekdays, the central Quinconce … Open
The inhabitants of the capital of Aquitaine combine a lot of seemingly incompatible traits - emotionality combined with restraint, and some pride combined with affability. To get an idea their mentality, it is enough to remember D'Artagnan from Aleksandr Dumas's famous historical novel. It fits the description of a passionate but at the same time discreet local resident of Bordeaux like no one else. A feature of their character is cohesion - they often gather in groups of friends, but there is no problem with joining them. And having joined the group, you can find that there are many decent people among them.
They are like the most popular wine eponymous with the city's name - soft but deep at the same time. They have a relaxed attitude to life and love it in all its manifestations - that's what we can learn from them. There is a special attitude to the most famous product of the region - of course, we are talking about wine. You should definitely try it while in Bordeaux. As well as typical local dishes — oysters, foie gras, kanele (small cakes). It should also be noted that the region is dominated by Basque (Gascon) language, a dialect of French, and sometimes you can hear Saintongeais and Occitan dialects.
In the central district of Bordeaux, you will find one of the most refined and elegant hotels in the city - Chambre en Ville. Housed in a chic historic building, it offers customers a choice … Open
People in Bordeaux know how to have fun like nowhere else. Thus, at the end of May, Les Epicuriales begins that lasts until early June. It is an extraordinarily interesting holiday of food and drinks regularly attended by many tourists from all over Europe; the festival is highly appreciated among gourmets. At this time, Allées-de-Tourny is filled with amazing smells that can not be confused with anything else - this is delicious food from all over the region of South-Eastern France. Local restaurants participate in the celebration as well. At this time, you can taste many specialties and even attend some master classes from eminent chefs.
In early August, Domaine de Nodris becomes the venue for open-air Reggae Sun Ska festival. This is a real fun - if you have not been to the festival, then you've never experienced it. Famous ska and reggae performers come here from all over the world. During the festival, Bordeaux becomes the world capital of these genres. You do not have to languish in a stuffy concert hall - at this time, it is customary to arrange a tent camp and enjoy music and dancing all night long. More precisely, all three nights, because the event lasts 3 days.
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Late June is time for Jazz - the city of St-Émilion located near Bordeaux hosts a jazz festival. The atmosphere reigning in the event is positioned as family-friendly - therefore, when arriving at the concert venue where the fest is held, just imagine that it is a regular family dinner. During the performance, musicians open their souls, getting to know the visitors more closely. The event is recommended to all fans of jazz music, as well as related subgenres such as soul, blues, funk. The festival takes place on 14 rue Guadet.
Bordeaux Circus The end of May is marked by holding Fête de la Morue. The main large-scale actions in the region are held in the town of Bègles, just on its central streets. The event is accompanied by such activities as theatrical performances, musical concerts, exhibitions of fine arts, creative and intellectual games and competitions, culinary workshops and local food tasting (of course, all the dishes traditionally include cod). Arriving in the capital of Aquitaine in mid-September, you can witness Les Journées européennes du Patrimoine. The action is accompanied by musical parades, dance performances in the central city streets, as well as concerts in churches.
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Médoc Marathon taking place around the same time, in the middle of September, includes very colorful events - parades and processions, as well as a rich gastronomic program. During this time, you can taste oysters, ham, steaks, and, of course, wine - no holiday in Bordeaux can do without Dionysus' beloved drink. The holiday ends with fireworks and traditional celebrations. But there is one nuance - you need to register to attend the event. However, if this did not happen, you will still not be bored on the day of Médoc Marathon - local restaurants offer many interesting dishes and drinks.
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Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Bordeaux
♥   Basilique Saint-Michel, Bordeaux, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Saint-André, Bordeaux, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Seurin, Bordeaux, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame, Verdelais, 37 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame, Arcachon, 52.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Bazas, 52.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-Terres, Soulac-sur-Mer, 87.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Bordeaux
♥   Castle 'Château de Blanquefort' Gironde, 9.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de la Brède' Gironde, 17.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Lagorce' Gironde, 19.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Curton' Gironde, 25 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Rauzan' Gironde, 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Budos' Gironde, 35.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Hâ' Gironde, 44.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Bordeaux. Learn the best periods to visit Bordeaux to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Bordeaux.
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