The Garonne River has been an enormous part of the life of this city throughout the history of Bordeaux. It was used as the fastest way to travel throughout Aquitaine and southern France during Roman times, and has been the lifeblood and main artery of the region ever since. The Fete le Fleuve takes place every other year (alternating with the Bordeaux Wine Festival), and is a celebration of the river, and an amazing spectacle of water sports, sailing and river-based entertainment. Featuring shows, river trips, concerts, feasts, fireworks, and a traditional mass swim across the Garonne to round the whole thing off.

Next event will be in 2021.

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