City of Bordeaux on the Banks of the Garonne, France45.3N 0.8W
The city of Bordeaux can be viewed at the bottom of this wide-swath ASAR image of France. It is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest part of the country, appearing here as a bright white area. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department.
Bordeaux is located close to the European Atlantic coast, in the southwest of France and in the north of the Aquitaine region. It is around 500 km (310 mi) southwest of Paris. The city is built on a bend of the river Garonne, and is divided into two parts: the right bank to the east and left bank in the west. Historically, the left bank is more developed. In Bordeaux, the Garonne River is accessible to ocean liners. The left bank of the Garonne is a low-lying, often marshy plain.