Bordeaux made its fortune with wine and its overseas trade in the 18C. Its historic centre, forming a magnific townscape designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, is one of the largest in France. Defiantly dynamic, the city transformed itself in the 1990s through a number of urban developments: the opening of the tramway network, the enhancement of its pale stone façades, the regeneration of its quaysides to make the river accessible and the development of a new district with abundant green spaces on the right bank. Today, Bordeaux has locals as well as visitors under its spell, thanks to its beauty, an atmosphere that is at once chic and festive, and the animation that goes with being a large southern city.
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