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Signing up for French courses at the Alliance Française Bordeaux also means taking part in Bordeaux’s culture,
discover the Bordeaux way of life, its gastronomy and the unmissable activities to do during your stay!


Bordeaux: the sleeping beauty wakes up

Long nicknamed “Sleeping Beauty”, Bordeaux has for several years proved to be one of the most attractive and dynamic cities in France. Loved for its vineyards, its gastronomy but also more and more for its artistic and cultural effervescence, Bordeaux is the symbol of dynamism and the French art of living.

Bordeaux is a city that is widely recognised and rewarded for its exceptional architecture and unique way of life. In 2007, Bordeaux was included on the UNESCO world heritage list as an exceptional urban ensemble, in 2015 it overtook Rome and Lisbon to become the top European destination, and in 2017 it was voted “most attractive city in the world” by Lonely Planet.


World Wine Capital

In the eyes of wine lovers, Bordeaux has established itself as the wine capital of the world thanks to its ancestral know-how and the wealth of production from the prestigious châteaux and vineyards that dot the region.

Only a few kilometres from the city, you can visit many castles and wineries, taste the greatest wines of France and learn more about these precious nectars. Bordeaux is surrounded by the 5 great wine regions recognised throughout the world: Médoc, Graves and Sauternes, Blaye and Bourg, Saint-Emilion Pomerol and Fronsac, Entre-deux-mers, each rich in history, heritage and wines.


Very close to the Alliance Française Bordeaux, you will have the opportunity to visit the emblematic Cité du Vin, a unique cultural place in the world dedicated to the history of wine, its production and the different traditions from all over the world.

Did you know that? The following châteaux are the closest to Bordeaux city centre and accessible by public transport (tram or bus):

  • Château Pape Clément
  • Château Luchey Halde
  • Château du Taillan

The gastronomy of Bordeaux

The capital of the South-West is one of the best cities to eat in France! It will make you discover specialities not to be missed and a rich gastronomy full of diversity.

Rich in the best products from the land or the sea, Bordeaux gastronomy offers you unique specialities, sublimated by a good glass of wine: entrecote bordelaise, oysters from the Bassin d’Arcachon, cannelés, duck breast, or “puits d’amour”, your taste buds won’t know what to make of it!

But don’t panic, when you arrive at the Alliance Française Bordeaux, our team will be happy to advise you on the best restaurants in the city and provide you with a list of specialities not to be missed during your stay.

Did you know that? Bordeaux is the city with the most restaurants per inhabitant…another good reason to come and join us!

The Bordeaux region

The Bordeaux region is just as rich and offers you a multitude of activities and landscapes to discover. In just one hour by car, accessible during the day, in the afternoon or at the weekend, by train, car, bus or boat, you can experience a complete change of scenery.

Surroundings of Bordeaux: Bassin d’Arcachon, Saint Emilion, Blaye, Médoc…

A little further afield: Basque Country and Biarritz, La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré, Cognac and the Charente, Sarlat and the caves of Lascaux, Paris 2 hours by train…