Since sprucing up its 18th-century architecture and banning cars from the city centre, Bordeaux is ‘La Belle Endormie’ (Sleeping Beauty) no more. Bordeaux is home to over 70,000 students and one-third of the population are under 25. There is a burgeoning nightlife scene and since the quays of the Garonne River were overhauled, the public gardens and fountains are filled with chattering students during the summer months.
Bordeaux is antique and vintage, yet also one of France's most forward-thinking cities.
- Bordeaux is the largest metropolitan area in France.
- There are nearly 300,000 acres of vineyard in the Bordeaux wine region.