in southwest France. With over 1 million inhabitants, Bordeaux is the fifth largest metropolitan area in France. Bordeaux is well known as one of the world s major wine industry centres. Wine has been produced in this area since the 8th century and today, Bordeaux has over 117,000 hectars of vineyards, 9,000 wine producing chateaus, 13,000 grape growers and produces over 700 million bottles each year for an annual sales of 14.5 billion euros.
Aside from wine, Bordeaux has many other attractions to keep visitors entertained. Due to the numerous beautiful gothic cathedrals and 18th century mansions, the historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble". There are more sites woth a visit to be mentioned here but some of the highlights include the Esplanade des Quinconces, the Colonnes des Girondins, the Grand Theatre , the All es de Tourny, and the Cours de l'Intendance. Bordeaux is also home to many world class museums. Some of the best include the Musee d'Aquitaine, the CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporian, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, the Musee des Douanes, and the Centre Jean-Moulin.
Shopaholics will inevitably find their way to Rue Sainte-Catherine in the heart of Bordeaux. This pedestrian shopping street is the longest in Europe at 1.2km. Enjoy a little people watching at one of the many cafes and restaurants along this road.