Bordeaux

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Arcachon

The Bassin d'Arcachon is France's fourth largest oyster producer. Consequently Arcachon, 55km (34 miles) from Bordeaux, has many seafood restaurants where the excellent oysters can be sampled. Around Arcachon are many sheltered beaches popular with the Bordelais, as well as the Dune du Pilat, the largest sand dune in Europe.

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Arcachon
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Musee Daquitaine

This superb museum has a rich collection of archaeological, historical and ethnographic artefacts illustrating Bordeaux's history from prehistoric times to the present. The highlight is a magnificent bronze statue of Hercules, which once stood at the entrance to the port.

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Musee Daquitaine
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Quartier Des Chartrons

Fabulously rich European wine merchants built sumptuous residences in this Bordeaux quarter. The area declined after the French Revolution, but was recently spruced up and is now home to swanky shops, trendy bars and restaurants and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Quartier Des Chartrons
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One of three Bordeaux churches listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, the gothic Cathedrale St-Andre, built during the 13th and 15th centuries, was on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The top of the lofty bell tower commands superb views over Bordeaux.

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