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Bordeaux Holidays Overview
Located on the lower Atlantic coast, Bordeaux is the capital of the French Aquitaine region and is the largest urban World Heritage site. It underwent a major revamp in the first few years of the new millennium, when the central boulevards were pedestrianised, architectural gems were restored, and a state of the art public transport system was installed.
Bordeaux is best known for its high quality wines, which were made popular by the English when they governed the Aquitaine region from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. Once known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, or Sleeping Beauty, Bordeaux is no longer a sleepy laid back town, but a vibrant city with a booming tourist trade and a lively student population.
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Internationale Foire de Bordeaux
Bordeaux’s International Fair takes place in May and features four ‘poles’. The house and home pole features exhibits relating to furniture, home improvements, garden, wellness, and sustainability. The international pole showcases crafts, clothes, and food from around the world. The spare time and emotions pole exhibits indoor and outdoor leisure activities, and the local products, farming and animal pole provides displays about local agriculture.
Marathon du Medoc
The Medoc Marathon began in 1984 and follows a beautiful route through the vineyards of the area, taking place in September each year. The four pillars of the marathon are intended to be health, sport, conviviality and fun, and the eight thousand five hundred runners are rewarded with personal gifts such as a bottle of Medoc wine. As well as the race itself there are shows and events including the famous centipede event the previous evening.
Les Grands Crus Musicaux
Held over two weeks in July, this classical music festival showcases talented musicians from the area. The festival was launched in 2003 by the pianist Marc Laforet and combines superb musical performances with wine and food tasting. The events are held at various châteaux throughout the area.
holidays - How to Get There
Flight time from Australia to Bordeaux is around twenty four to twenty eight hours. Air France flies on that route, stopping in Singapore and Paris, while a combination of Emirates and Air France has stopovers in Dubai and Paris.