Nature in Burgundy

Nature in Burgundy

Roman abbeys, duke towns, glazed roofs castles and charming villages make Burgundy a a region full of history and with a rich heritage.

Burgundy can also be discovered through its vineyards.

Chablis, Mâconnais or côtes de Nuits makes the region's history and reputation.

The scenery
 • The agricultural plains in the Bresse, the wooded hills of the Morvan, the slopes planted with prestigious vines, the hedgerows in the Bourbon region and the hills around Auxerre or the Charolais, between the Valley of the Saône and the upstream reservoir on the Loire, are all fine examples of the rural moods of the Burgundy region.

Fauna and flora
 • The Morvan regional nature reserve boasts a mountain range that peaks at an altitude of 900 metres, a valuable environment of exploited spruce forests and reservoirs (Les Settons and Panecière, great for water sports) and the well-preserved peat bogs and clear streams in which many now-rare species can still be seen, like the yellow-bellied toad! The splendours of unspoiled nature.

Gastronomy and local produce
 • Famous in particular for its snails and its wild mushrooms, the region abounds in flavours from the terroir, from the Morvan to the Charolais (with its tradition of cattle breeding) and Bresse (and its famous PDO) chickens), not forgetting Epoisses and its cheese. But above all, the region is famous for its wine production, with grape varieties typical of the area: aligoté and chardonnay for white wines, pinot noir for the better-known red wines.

 • The diversity of landscapes and the architectural heritage of the region is an invitation to all Epicurean hikers. You can follow the GR 65-42, for example, which begins in Vézelay, a major pilgrimage city and a jewel of Romanesque art, and passes through Nevers. This route remains faithful to one of the main original paths of the Santiago pilgrimage.

 • Many other paths and country roads will lead you through the vineyards, on foot, on horseback or on a bike. On the 20 km between Beaune and Santenay, for example, you pass through the legendary names of Pommard, Meursault and Montrachet! Cyclotourism is also very popular around the historical site of Alésia, the château de la Rochepot or the lovely village of Brancion. The Morvan holds the French record for VTT sites approved by the FFC (the French cycling federation) with 2,300 km of clearly marked paths.

 • The Green route (a pioneer of its kind) which joins Givry to Cluny (the abbey, and its national stud farm) is the best solution for cycling as a family; just like the old towpaths, such as the 180 km of the Canal du Nivernais!

River cruises
 • A unique (and historical) network of 1,200 km of navigable canals and rivers (the Yonne, the Saône, etc.) makes the region a paradise for river boating. Ah, the pleasures of a "cruise in the countryside", drifting peacefully along the water...

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