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Guide of Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Tourism, holidays & weekends in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Guide of Burgundy-Franche-Comté - Tourism, holidays & weekends in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Full of outstanding natural heritage, Burgundy-Franche-Comté is a destination of choice for lovers of rural tourism and unspoilt landscapes. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this lovely, rustic region will delight you with its peaceful hedged farmland, expansive vineyards, mysterious forests, mountainous massifs, rivers, big lakes and countless ponds. For those looking to rest and recuperate, nothing beats a hike in the Ballons des Vosges, Morvan or Haut-Jura Regional nature parks, a romantic stroll on the peaceful Mille Étangs Plateau or a cycle ride along the pleasant Saône-et-Loire Greenway. And if you want to unwind amid lush greenery while enjoying the water, head to Lake Les Settons in Nièvre, Lake Saint-Point in Doubs, or the lakes of Chalain and Vouglans in Jura!

As well as these natural treasures, the area has some very interesting architectural heritage. Cities of Art and History with remarkable buildings, like Dijon and its palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, Besançon and its Vauban citadel, Auxerre and its Gothic cathedral, Belfort and its majestic Lion, Dole and its old houses, La Charité-sur-Loire and its Clunisian priory, Nevers and its ducal palace, or Montbéliard and its castle of the Dukes of Württemberg, all testify to the region's glorious past. Equally unmissable are the famous Beaune Hospices, the magnificent Vézelay Basilica, the incredible medieval construction site of Guédelon, the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans, Mont Beuvray with its marvellous panoramic views and its Bibracte Museum, the site of Alésia with its Gallo-Roman remains and MuséoParc, as well as the abbeys of Cluny, Fontenay and Pontigny, and the castles of Ancy-le-Franc, Bazoches, Berzé-le-Châtel, Cormatin and Tanlay.

As well as being popular with lovers of nature and old buildings, Burgundy-Franche-Comté also delights food and wine connoisseurs. Its authentic and flavoursome gastronomy is a treat for the taste buds, with famous specialities and dishes such as the famous wines of Burgundy and Jura, crème de cassis liqueur, Comté, Époisses and Cancoillotte cheese, Morteau sausage, eggs meurette, coq au vin jaune, potée comtoise stew and gingerbread.

Rock fans won't want to miss the famous Eurockéennes de Belfort festival that takes place in early July on the shores of Lake Malsaucy.

With its rich and diverse heritage, Burgundy-Franche-Comté undoubtedly has plenty to appeal to visitors!

Guide of Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Côte-d'Or

Famous for its prestigious vineyards, the Côte-d'Or holds a rich architectural heritage as illustrated by the Fontenay abbey, the city of Beaune and its famous Hospice, and the City of Art and History of Dijon, capital of Burgundy.

Doubs

The Doubs offers a large choice of great places of interest to discover with its big forests crossed by numerous hiking trails, its beautiful villages and its fortified city Besançon, capital of Franche-Comté.

Haute-Saône

Forests, rivers, vast green spaces and the "mille étangs" (thousand ponds) plateau characterise the Haute-Saône nicknamed the “green island".

Jura

The Jura massif, composed of wonderful landscapes of spruce forests, high mountain pastures, lakes and waterfalls, rich built heritage and delicious specialities are some of the features of the department of Jura.

Nièvre

Department of water and greenery, the Nièvre invites the lovers of nature to discover the wild forests of the Morvan, lakes, ponds and streams, such as the Loire River and the Nivernais canal.

Saône-et-Loire

Located south of Burgundy, the Saône-et-Loire has a lot to offer with its 300 kilometers of waterways, its numerous Romanesque churches, its magnificent castles, its Voie Verte (car-free greenway) and its renowned gastronomic specialties such as the Charolais beef, the Bresse poultry and the Mâconnais wines.

Territoire de Belfort

Smallest département in France, the Territoire de Belfort is home to the city of Belfort and its imposing citadel, floral villages, the Malsaucy lake and the Alsace mountains.

Yonne

Offering varied landscapes alternating between the famous vineyards of Chablis, the forests of Morvan, green meadows, hedged farmland and streams, the Yonne also boasts places of interest like the medieval old town of Auxerre, the Romanesque basilica of Vézelay, the Gothic cathedral of Sens and the Renaissance castles of Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay.

Weekends in Burgundy-Franche-Comté