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Burgundy is a land with a long history and is full of little castles, churches and abbeys with multi-coloured roofs. In the 15C the Duke of Burgundy, the mortal enemy of Louis XI, made a lasting mark on this prosperous region, which didn’t become part of the kingdom of France until much later. Dijon, its capital, has preserved its medieval splendour and is also one of the liveliest cities in France from a cultural standpoint.
Vézelay and its magnificent abbey, in the centre of Burgundy, have been on the World Heritage List since 1979.
But the most fascinating thing about Burgundy is of course its vineyards! Like a work of art, the vineyards have been shaped over many centuries and owe much to the monks who made wine in the Middle Ages and were the first to identify its renowned terroirs: Vosne-Romanée, Nuits Saint Georges, Chambolle Musigny and Montrachet.
The Jura, farther to the east, is another region that has always shared this tradition and love of wine. The magnificent dry white wines around Arbois and Château-Chalon (one of the prettiest villages in France), made with Savagnin and Chardonnay grapes, pair well with Comté cheese.
Nature is bountiful in the Jura, where you can enjoy the many forests, rivers and waterfalls, as well as its famous reculées (steephead valleys) carved out of rock that look like valleys nestled at the end of mountainous amphitheatres. In winter, its ski resorts near Switzerland offer fine trails for the whole family.

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Burgundy Jura : Must-see towns and regions

  • Baume-les-Messieurs

    Home since the 9C to the abbey which made it famous, Beaume-les-Messieurs lies in a spectacular and grandiose setting at the crossroads of three valleys, which includes the magnificent Baume cirque. T...

  • Dijon

    Dijon? An average town, happy with itself, with no great industrial trump cards, wedged between Paris and Lyons. Yes indeed, but be wary of snap judgements. Firstly as regards gastronomy, it is in Bur...

  • Auxerre

    Auxerre, a navigable port on the Yonne and the starting point for the Nivernais canal starts, is also the capital of lower Burgundy, a valley region whose plateaux are made up of fields and forests, w...

  • Beaune

    At one and the same time a prestigious wine city and a city of art, Beaune, fortified from 1368, was the capital of Burgundy before Dijon, It has preserved from that era its ramparts and the bastions ...

  • Discretely nestled in a bend of the Doubs river, Besançon is the capital of the Franche-Comté region. The town offers numerous attractions to visitors: narrow pedestrianised streets, delightful privat...

  • Cluny

    The old basilica of Cluny, the largest in all Christianity, is proof of the spiritual life of the Middle Ages. The Clunisian order had considerable influence over the religious, intellectual, politica...

  • Vézelay

    On the edge of the Morvan, Vézelay, with its sublime Romanesque basilica, stands on the top of a hill overlooking the Cure valley. Vézelay's charms are well deserved. «They are revealed to people stro...

  • Les Rousses

    Made up of four villages (Les Rousses, Prémanon, Lamoura and Bois-d'Amont), this ski resort near the Swiss border is home to a large ski area ranging in altitude from 1 100m-1 682m, with runs for both...

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