Bordeaux

EXCEPTIONAL ARCHITECTURAL, WINE AND GASTRONOMICAL HERITAGE

Second most attractive and enterprising regional city for foreign investment*, Bordeaux City is known for its economic, tourist and cultural dynamism.

UNESCO’s city with the largest architectural heritage since 2007, a world famous wine production region crowned with an unmistakable gastronomical reputation, Bordeaux City has many traits for attracting many people.

* EY ranking, 2017

TOP CITY - BEST OF TRAVEL LONELY PLANET 2017

Bordeaux Best travel 2017

People love to discover more than 350 buildings which are registered with the French Historical Monuments records, in the Pey Berland, Port de la Lune neighbourhoods, the Esaplande des Quinconces, the  Grand Théâtre and CAPC contemporary art museum.

Saint-Emilion and the Bassin d’Arcachon make for a very attractive surrounding area. 

Bordeaux is a gourmet city, at the crossroads of all South Western France specialities and at the heart of the worlds largest wine growing region with very well known names:  Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes, Pessac-Léognan.

With this excellent international reputation, built over many decades, Bordeaux is also decidedly looking towards the future and is dedicated to innovation, trying to obtain the French status of “metropole européenne”. 

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OPTIMUM ACCESSIBILITY

With an extremely dynamic international airport and a TGV train station at the cross-roads of  four major motorways, BORDEAUX, is a very well connected metropole. 

BORDEAUX MERIGNAC AIRPORT

  • 80 direct national and international destinations / 25 airlines
  • Airport website

BORDEAUX SAINT JEAN TGV TRAIN STATION

  • LGV Bordeaux - Paris in 2 h 04
  • 33 round trips daily between Bordeaux and the capital, including 18.5 direct
  • Daily TGV connections to and from: Paris - Montparnasse / Lille / Strasbourg / Toulouse. 
  • 200 Daily regional trains with connections to all of the region’s towns.
  • Train-station website

AT THE CROSSROADS OF FOUR MAJOR MOTORWAYS

  • A10 depuis Paris en passant par Tours, Poitiers, Nantes et Orléans
  • A62  depuis Toulouse en passant par Montauban et Agen
  • A63 depuis l'Espagne en passant par Bayonne, Biarritz et Dax
  • A89 depuis Lyon en passant par Clermont-Ferrand 
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MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE
FOR A FUTURE METROPOLE

Forever looking ahead the metropole is investing in infrastructure to become even more attractive. 

  • SNCF SAINT-JEAN STATION

    Bordeaux is only at 2:04 of Paris with LGV!

    The station has a new 2,500 m² hall to accommodate travellers in the best conditions, 1,800 m² of shops and 670 parking spaces. The tram C directly connects the station to the city center of Bordeaux.

  • BORDEAUX – EURATLANTIQUE

    Bordeaux City is constantly changing and has undertaken numerous projects in recent years to become one of the 21st century’s largest European metropoles. BORDEAUX EURATLANTIQUE, a large development project  around the train station Gare Saint-Jean covers several villages and will create a new city within the city. An innovative business centre with international influence along with new urban developments are also being built.  This project is recognized of « National Interest ».

  • BASSIN A FLOTS DISTRICT

    This undergoing development’s aim is to create a neighbourhood where all amenities exist, living, domestic services, economic and leisure activities. Approximately 700,800m2, 63% of which are housing (25% government regulated rentals), 21% are service based, 8% of which are shops, 12% are industry and boating, 4% are public amenities (crèches, schools, sports amenities…)

  • MATMUT ATLANTIQUE STADIUM

    Officially opened on May 18th 2015, the 42,000 seat stadium built in the Lake neighbourhood, has equipped the metropole with sports amenities enabling it to host international competitions such as EURO 2016.

  • CITE DU VIN

    Half-way between a museum and a theme park, this architecturally unique establishment will open in Bordeaux in 2016, aiming to promote the wine field and enhance the attractiveness of the entire region.

  • BORDEAUX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

    CHU de Bordeaux is at the top of the ranking of the best hospitals in France according to the Magazine Le Point 2017.

REGIONAL ECONOMIC
INFLUENCE

The Bordeaux metropolitan area benefits from the significant reach of 11 competitiveness clusters and 70 other clusters across the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Of the 11 competitiveness clusters, four are “initial” clusters and 7 “additional” clusters.

  • AERONAUTICS – EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

    AEROSPACE VALLEY unites the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées regions and is the leading European employment area in the aerospace and embedded systems sector. With 130,000 manufacturing jobs and 8,500 researchers, the cluster is the leader in its field and represents 1/3 of the entire French aeronautical workforce (more than 50% of whom work in the space sector).

  • ENERGY AND GEOSCIENCE

    AVENIA brings together companies, research laboratories and training institutions specialising in geosciences and energy. With over 4,000 researchers in the Aquitaine and national research centres, approximately 100 industrial partners including the world’s leading energy companies (Total, GDF Suez, EDF, Vermilion, etc.), and key SMEs and midcaps, this cluster’s objective is to become the European leader in underground technologies.

  • OPTICS PHOTONICS AND LASERS

    LA ROUTE DES LASERS competitiveness cluster has become a benchmark in the development and distribution of innovative technologies related to optics, lasers and photonics. The cluster has created 10,000 jobs for the region since its foundation. The Laser Mégajoule (LMJ), the pinnacle of scientific development and one of the two largest in the world, alone requires 600 researchers and 2.1 billion euros in investments.

  • WOOD-PAPER

    The XYLOFUTUR cluster comprises manufacturers, research centres, training centres and professional organisations within the wood-paper sector of the Aquitaine region, France’s chief forestry region with 1 million hectares of maritime pines.

    Providing 38,000 direct manufacturing jobs, the cluster represents 15% of industrial employment within this sector on a national scale.

  • Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation Agriculture

    Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation is an agricultural and agribusiness cluster in the South West (former Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine regions) which works together with over 300 members (SMEs and midcaps, laboratories, research centres and institutions, etc.) It aims to strengthen cooperation between the various stakeholders within the agriculture and agribusiness sector.

  • CANCER-BIO-SANTÉ - BIOTECHNOLOGY/HEALTH

    A catalyst for innovation and partnerships, Cancer-Bio-Santé (CBS), accredited in 2005, is one of the 7 national competitiveness clusters within the Biotech-Health sector. It is the only French cluster solely dedicated to fighting cancer and unites manufacturers, engineering schools and universities.

  • S2E2 – GREEN ECONOMY

    Accredited as a competitiveness cluster by the French government in 2005, S2E2 is the benchmark cluster for smart electricity technology dedicated to energy management. It focuses on electrical energy conversions, distribution, storage and smart grids. The aim is to enhance its members’ competitiveness through innovative technology.

  • EUROPEAN CERAMICS CLUSTER – MATIERALS, MECHANICS, ELECTRONICS

    This cluster encompasses almost all training courses related to ceramics, from vocational qualifications to PhD level. The cluster’s key aim is to ensure that the main stakeholders in the ceramic industry work together (training, research, manufacturing, technology transfer, institutions and organisations).

  • VIAMÉCA - MATERIALS, MECHANICS, ELECTRONICS

    ViaMéca is a competitiveness cluster which covers most areas of mechanics. It is led by several former regions, namely Rhône Alpes, Auvergne, Centre, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin and Midi Pyrénées. 9,000 companies and 400,000 employees are thus potentially concerned. The industrial sectors concerned are mechanics, materials, automotive and aeronautics.

  • ELOPSYS - OPTICS/PHOTONIC

    Elopsys is a high-tech competitiveness cluster, creator and supplier of solutions in the electronics, photonics and digital sectors serving four major markets: Defence & Security, Buildings & Sustainable and Intelligent Development, Health & Autonomy and Digital & Telecommunications.

  • ID4CAR - TRANSPORT/AEROSPACE

    The ID4Car competitiveness cluster aims to strengthen competitiveness within the Vehicle and Transport industry in western France using innovative techniques. The cluster fosters innovation by identifying and supporting collaborative R&D projects and by supporting innovations within the market in order to generate growth for SMEs and midcaps.

EXCELLENT
UNIVERSITIES

Palais des Congrès extérieur

University of Bordeaux is one of the city’s main attractive features and boosts economical competitiveness.

A renovation plan with investors for the future has come into action to refurbish one of the largest European university campuses. Bordeaux University has started to undergo great changes to become a new model in multidisciplinary University and is aiming to be recognised as one of the largest European Universities.

During the national programme « Investing in our future »* Université de Bordeaux was nominated amongst the first 3 excellent universities in France. In addition 7 excellent clusters received national certification.

*a French programme dedicated innovation and research investment

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CITE DIGITALE

Bordeaux is helping digital transformation, a powerful lever in economic, social, ecological and cultural performance.  By obtaining the French Tech label in 2014 Bordeaux City and its entrepreneurial ecosystem are now placed among the French leaders in the digital and innovation fields.

Bordeaux and the region enjoy a very active digital community contributing to creating conditions for continuous growth in this field. 

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