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Road to France - UEFA EURO 2016™ Venue Guides

Road to France - Bordeaux - with Clive Allen

Road to France - Bordeaux

Bordeaux, the capital of the Aquitaine region, is world-renowned for its wine. The Romans planted the first vineyards over 2,000 years ago and the area around Bordeaux is now a major wine-producing region as a result of its maritime climate and calcium-rich soils. Producing some 800 million bottles a year and with sales topping 3 billion euros, Bordeaux is a serious contender for the title of the world capital of wine.

Bordeaux is equally famous for its classical and neoclassical architecture that has remained practically unchanged for 200 years. Today, the city offers a variety of architecture, from magnificent façades and prestigious buildings to renovated wine cellars and warehouses, as well as modern developments and contemporary buildings. Bordeaux is a lively city that retains major trading links as a result of its geographical position.

A 2015 survey concluded that French people considered Bordeaux the best place to live, while the city also won the title European Best Destination 2015 with an unprecedented number of votes in a fierce competition against metropolises such as London, Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin.

Finally, the European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES) named Bordeaux a European City of Sport 2015, an award based on eight criteria, including existing and future sports facilities and access to them, policies promoting mass participation in sport, and high-level sport.

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18 June – Belgium vs Republic of Ireland – Group E

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