Bordeaux, a UEFA Euro 2016 host city
The capital city of the Aquitaine region has earned itself a world-wide reputation thanks to its grand cru wines and renowned wine estates. For Euro 2016, Bordeaux has built a magnificent new stadium and a brand-new museum dedicated to wine civilisations (Musée des Civilisations du Vin), which is now part of the city’s must-see monuments. The city itself is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts attractions that include the Miroir d’eau on Place de la Bourse and the Grand Théâtre.
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Stade de Bordeaux, Matmut Atlantique – capacity: 42,000
- 1st round: Wales v Slovakia 11/06/2016 and Austria v Hungary 14/06/2016.
- 2nd round: Belgium v Ireland 18/06/2016.
- 3rd round: Croatia v Spain 21/06/2016.
- Quarter-final: 02/07/2016.
Bordeaux’s new stadium, the Matmut Atlantique, designed by architects Herzog & De Meuron, is situated on the left bank in the heart of the Bordeaux-Lac district to the north of the city and near the Parc des Expositions and the Palais des Congrès.
Address: Cours Jules Ladoumègue - 33000 Bordeaux
Getting to the stadium by public transport:
By tram: line C to “Parc des Expositions/Stade”; line B to “Porte de Brande bourg”
By bus: line 14, “Vergne” bus stop; line 37, “Carsat” bus stop
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Only one hour from Paris by plane, and three hours by train (TGV), Bordeaux is the capital of southwestern France.
It is distinguished by its exceptional 18th century architecture that has earned it the title of “Little Paris” around 200 years ago, and more recently its World Heritage status by UNESCO.
Its recent urban developments are in a city where life is good, and where gastronomy, culture, shopping and services are held, near the famous vineyards of the world’s finest wines.
Many discovery tours and gourmet strolls are offered in order to taste the local produce, and particularly the prestigious wines.
Did you know that every two years, the Bordeaux Wine Festival takes place in the last week of June? It was the first tourism event for wines in France, and it is a very unique program which boasts many simultaneous festivals.
Bordeaux, look no farther!
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- The Esplanade des Quinconces, the largest downtown city square in Europe
- The facade of the dock, its walkways, taverns and river excursions
- The Grand Théâtre, the Rohan Palace and the Palace of the Bourse… Masterpieces of the eighteenth century
- The cathedral and the two basilicas, historical steps on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle
- The squares of old Bordeaux, its many craft shops and vast number of outdoor cafés
- The “Bordeaux Triangle”, the four-seasons market, its palace, opera house and luxurious boutiques
- St. Catherine Street, with its many shops and sidewalk cafés
- The district of Chartrons, a former headquarters for traders, antique dealers, and artists alike
- The Saint-Michel district, its many flea-markets and their hidden treasures
- The numerous museums and antique art galleries
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- Antiques Fair (January), the most important event of the year in this region
- Horsemen of the World Cup (February), international horse-jumping show
- Carnival of the Two River Banks (March)
- The Traveling Photographer’s route and book stop (April)
- Biannual event of architecture (April)
- International Golf Open of Bordeaux (May), the rendez-vous of champions!
- The Bordeaux Quartet (May): European collaboration of chamber music
- Bordeaux Wine Festival (June), a biannual event, and the largest gathering of Bordeaux wine connoisseurs
- International Organ Festival (July/August), a large musical gathering
- The stage for the Tour de France (July) – International cycling event (August)
- European Heritage Days (September), and Heritage Night
- Wine festival of Brocante (October), a very festive and friendly weekend
- Novart (November), biannual event of contemporary art
- Christmas Market (December), the traditional market in the prestigious passageways of Tourny
- SNCF Train Station: 3 hours from Paris, 5 hours from Lille by the TGV (10 minutes from downtown by tram)
- Airport: 1 hour from Paris (approximately 30 minutes from downtown)
- Highways: A10 (580km/360mi arriving from Paris), A62 (arriving from Spain), A63 (arriving from Italy)
Source: Atout France (France.fr)