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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is the final port of Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018. The vibrant and high-spirited capital of south-west France hasn’t hosted a Tall Ships event since 1990… so we can’t wait to return to these cultured shores.

The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 coincides with the leading European wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin (Bordeaux Wine Festival), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the event. So, visitors can expect a wide range of entertainment over four days, including nightly sound and light shows, projected onto the majestic façades of the Palais de la Bourse, impressive fireworks displays over the river, and vineyard tours.

Bordeaux is located on a bend of the Garonne River, around 500 km south-west of Paris. The city lies close to the Atlantic coastline, in the north of the Aquitaine region.

Bordeaux boasts richly preserved historical architecture, pristine pedestrianised boulevards, tramways, and reclaimed industrial docks. In 2007, half the city (18 sq km) was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site – the largest urban area to receive this accolade.

The city will welcome the international fleet of Tall Ships along a two-kilometre stretch of the river, within easy walking distance of the 18th-century old town. The downtown area has maintained its classical and neoclassical architecture, which has remained almost unchanged for more than two centuries. Bordeaux has experienced intense renovation over the past few years, which has brought the city’s architectural, culinary and cultural heritage into the 21st century.

The Bordeaux Fête Le Vin Village will be open from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June from 10.30am to midnight (last tastings at 11.30pm) and Monday 18 June from 10am to 3pm (instead of 6pm).

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