Sleeping Beauty

Le miroir d'eau de Bordeaux

Today, the city of Bordeaux may be one of the best kept secrets of France. Locally referred to as La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Bordeaux has been transformed throughout.  Since 2002 Bordeaux has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By mid-2007 half of the entire city (18 sq km, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne) was Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site. Today, Bordeaux boasts pedestrian friendly boulevards with a high-tech public transport system, a new tramway referred to as “Le Tram”.  It has also been called as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world with the significant development of its bicycle path network. Greater Bordeaux, boasting more than 400 miles of bicycle paths, is now one of the major league green cities of France, inviting each and every person to hop on a bicycle and go for a ride.