UNESCO World Heritage city, a city center port, world famous vineyards, world-beating wines. The downtown area with its quays and historical old town center has maintained its classical architecture almost unchanged for over two centuries. Intense renovation in recent years has seen the city bring its architectural, culinary, and cultural heritage to the 21st century.

Bordeaux: A Living Treasure
Today, Bordeaux stands proud among the most beautiful places in France, boasting more protected historical buildings than any other French city after Paris.The port itself has new berthing facilities that run thelength of the docks along the river downtown. The very heart of the city is pedestrian, allowing passengers to easily discover the town on foot, participate in the many festivals throughout the year, enjoy a drink at an outside café or shop at international or local boutiques.

Lonely Planet declares Bordeaux in France the top city in the world for 2017

The city receives the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. The bestselling, inspirational travel yearbook from the world’s leading travel authority highlights the top ten countries, cities, regions and best value destinations that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travelers experience in 2017.

As the book highlights, “The new LGV Sud-Ouest line, due for completion in mid-2017, connects the city with Europe’s high-speed train network and cuts travel time from Paris to just two hours. Its timing is perfect. The recently opened Cité du Vin continues the impressive redevelopment of the Garonne riverfront, with a state-of-the-art wine-lovers’ experience, and the city’s gastronomic revolution keeps building on its own success.

Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, explained, “Bordeaux topped our list of cities for 2017 because it has completely transformed in recent years. It has an enviable food and wine scene as well as mesmerizing history allowing you to lose yourself among the graceful and grandiose medieval side streets of the city. Bordeaux has come into its own and deserves to be seen. ”

Port of Bordeaux: an Atlantic Hub
Bordeaux can be seen as a profitable and engaging destination through all four seasons of the year and offers a unique and stunning city center call with 2 berths for ships up to 255 m long. Larger ships are also welcomed in Le Verdon terminal.


Laurence Bouchardie
Atlantic Port of Bordeaux - Head of Development Department
Cruise Bordeaux Manager
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