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You'll be raising your glass many times in Bordeaux, which is renowned for its wines, considered among the best in the world. After years of neglect, the former wet docks are the country's new hot spot, with a number of cafés, gardens, and museums springing up all the time.

Bordeaux is a historic city with many tourist attractions. One of them is Les Quais. It is great for going for a nice walk on the shores of the Garonne, enjoying a ride on a ferry boat, viewing a stunning landscape over the bridges of Bordeaux, or dancing the night away in the city's many nightclubs. The Aquitaine Bridge is an architectural achievement unique in France. Do not miss the Victory Arch (Roman architecture), at the center of La Victoire and a great example of the town's Roman roots.

If you plan on shopping, or are looking for cultural activities, Bordeaux has a lot to offer and it starts at The Pedestrian Center. Have a walk along the Sainte-Catherine street in the Pedestrian Center and enjoy the scenery. The Pedestrian Center is basically full of stores of all kinds, from clothes to art, craftworks, food and wine etc. If you're looking for luxury items, head to Gambetta square and its surroundings. Gambetta Square is the rich districts of Bordeaux. This part of the town is nicknamed "Little Paris".

Climb the 243 steps of the tower of Saint-Michel, and enjoy the panoramic view of Bordeaux. You can also spend some time at the miroir d'eau (water mirror) at the border of the river. Every now and then, it is filled with 2 cm of water, alternated with a cloud of mist.

Touring the vineyards and sampling the local wines are one of the greatest pleasures when visiting Bordeaux. It is the second largest wine-growing region in the world and produces over 800 million bottles annually. It produces some of the best and most prestigious wines in the world. The annual summer wine festivals are held in tandem with the "Bordeaux-fête-le-fleuve" celebrating the river, land and international community.

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