“They used to call her the 'Sleeping Beauty', but – though she’s hit the snooze button a few times – Bordeaux is now wide awake and ready for action,” trumpets Lonely Planet.
The travel guide ranked the south western city above the likes of Cape Town and Los Angeles in its new list, which aims to offer readers the top choices for a city getaway.
Lonely Planet's top ten cities to visit in 2017:
1. Bordeaux, France
2. Cape Town, South Africa
3. Los Angeles, US
4. Merida, Mexico
5. Ohrid, Macedonia
6. Pistoia, Italy
7. Seoul, South Korea
8. Lisbon, Portugal
9. Moscow, Russia
10. Portland, Oregon
Lonely Planet noted that Bordeaux is soon to be ultra-connected to Paris next year thanks to the new TGV line between the cities.
It also praised the recently opened Cité du Vin wine museum and announced itself as fans of the city's “gastronomic revolution”.
In a lengthy piece on the city, the travel guide called Bordeaux “a wine lover's holiday”.
Photo: Or Hiltch/Flickr
It suggested walks along the Garonne river, taking in the “superbly grand architecture”, and sampling “a decadent gourmet scene where freshly shucked oysters and succulent steaks take centre stage”.
But we've long been fans of Bordeaux here at The Local. If you want to read our ode to the city, check out “What's so bloody brilliant about Bordeaux then?“
Meanwhile, Lonely Planet is no stranger to recommending parts of France for a holiday. In May this year, it ranked the Dordogne department in the rural southwest of France as one of the top ten destinations in Europe for 2016.