A beautiful journey through time, with huge valleys and majestic castles, Burgundy is a wonderful region. Don’t leave this fascinating territory without trying Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
In addition to the vast vineyards, Burgundy offers meandering rivers, caves and green landscapes, lots of green. The Regional Natural Park of Morvan, dubbed the ‘green lung of Burgundy’, is located in the heart of the region. The banks of the Seine and the Loire boast wonderful places to take a picnic, a long walk or a ride. The Loire is also the last wild river in Western Europe.
Burgundy, with an enviable heritage, will surprise you. In southern Burgundy you can take part in a lively tour of castles. Worth visiting are the fairy-tale castles of Taizé in Sully and the medieval fortress of La Rochepot. If you want to combine culture with some shopping then in Dijon, the capital of the region, you will find various galleries and pedestrian routes overlooked by shops and delicatessens. For wine lovers, it’s great to hire a bike and ride along the ‘Route des Grands Crus’, from Beaune to Santenay.
Average summer temperature: 25 degrees
Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy (now the Museum of Fine Arts) in Dijon
Regional Natural Park of Morvan: the 'green lung' of Burgundy
Wines: Beaujolais nouveau and Chablis
Local wine, mustard, honey and Creme de Cassis
The ‘Rock of Saussois’ is a natural site near Merry-sur-Yonne and is considered the best place for climbers. The reserve of ‘Le Bois du Parc’ in Mailly-le-Château also offers fun for the whole family.
Alesia is a region known for its sweet anise, particularly the ‘Pains d’anis’, small white cookies made with anise. Don’t miss a visit to the village of Flavignu-sur-Ozerain, where it all started.
The galleries and the many pedestrian streets of Dijon offer shops and inviting delicatessens. Jars of jam, Dijon mustard, ginger bread and chocolate bars are perfect to take home as a souvenir!
At Puisaye in Burgundy a medieval castle is currently being built! It is a project of experimental archaeology started in 1997 which should be finished by 2023. It is an attempt to recreate the architectural model in France between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.