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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne

Commune of Yonne, Burgundy-Franche-Comté, Joigny takes place at about thirty kilometers of Auxerre and Sens. Classified City of Art and History and third city of the department, it is located on the banks of the river Yonne, not far from Brion, Champlay or Villevallier.

Occupied since the Neolithic, the site sees the creation of the current city in the Gallo-Roman era, by a prefect of the Roman militia in Gaul, Flavius ​​Jovinius. Ferriers and baths are still visible on the territory of the town. A stronghold is then built at the end of the 10th century, but a terrible fire in 1530 requires a complete reconstruction.

Known for housing one of the largest sets of half-timbered houses in Burgundy, the town of Joigny is also appreciated for its wine heritage. These include the production site of Burgundy Côte Saint-Jacques (AOC). It also has a very rich architectural heritage testifying to its importance over the centuries.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude47.9814320 (N 47° 58’ 53”)
Longitude3.3989610 (E 3° 23’ 56”)
AltitudeFrom 74m to 252m
Surface area46.67 km²
Population9997 inhabitants
Density214 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAuxerre (17.8 mi, 35 min)
Insee code89206
IntercommunalityCC du Jovinien

Nearest cities & towns

Paroy-sur-Tholon2.7 mi (6 min)
Chamvres2.9 mi (8 min)
Saint-Aubin-sur-Yonne3.3 mi (8 min)
Looze3.4 mi (9 min)
Cézy3.5 mi (8 min)
Villecien3.8 mi (7 min)
Laroche-Saint-Cydroine4.2 mi (7 min)
Béon4.2 mi (8 min)
Champlay4.3 mi (9 min)
Brion4.3 mi (9 min)
Épineau-les-Voves4.8 mi (9 min)
Migennes5.6 mi (10 min)
La Celle-Saint-Cyr5.6 mi (13 min)
Villevallier5.6 mi (11 min)
Senan5.8 mi (11 min)

Things to see and do

The circuit of half-timbered houses allows to admire real jewels of architecture with the house of the Pillory, the house of the Bailli, the house of Ave Maria, and the house of the tree of Jesse.

Listed as a historic monument, the Saint-André church is a Gothic building enlarged in the thirteenth century and refurbished in the sixteenth. Place of burial of the Counts of Joigny, it reveals a beautiful Pietà of the late Middle Ages, a funerary slab of the thirteenth century and a tombstone fifteenth century classified Historical Monuments.

It also classified, the church Saint-Jean dates from the thirteenth century. Located at the top of the city, next to the Gondi castle, it was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century during the Hundred Years War, then in the middle of the 16th century following a major fire. If the lower parts have a Gothic style, the top has been completely redone in Renaissance style. The building was frequented by Saint Vincent de Paul when he was tutor to the children of Count de Joigny. Inside, it is possible to discover a unique example of a complete tomb from the beginning of the 13th century with lying and vat, a Entombment of the 16th century, a carved group of characters from the early 16th century, a Virgin Mary. Painted stone child of the sixteenth century, or a work bench with the backrest in carved wood of the eighteenth century both classified as Historical Monuments.

In flamboyant Gothic style, the Saint-Thibault church is also classified as an historic monument. Built in the eleventh century, it was devastated during the Hundred Years War and rebuilt in the late fifteenth century. It has beautiful arches and stained glass windows of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The building is especially famous for its Burgundy and Champagne statues, like its beautiful Virgin with the Gothic Child.

Overlooking the city, Gondi Castle is a Renaissance building surrounded by some beautiful mansions.

While strolling through the city, do not miss to discover the Porte Saint-Jean which served as a gateway to the first castle of Joigny in the 10th century or the chapel of Ferrand. Built in full Renaissance under Francis I, it was in the center of the old cemetery of St. Andrew, and encompassed since the mid-nineteenth century in the courthouse of the city. Octagonal in shape, its outer frieze represents five bas-reliefs on the resurrection of the dead. Inside, you can admire a fresco of the first half of the seventeenth century depicting the Adoration of the Magi. Sold in 2012 to individuals, it is now rented for major events.

In the old center, it is possible to admire old laundries full of charm.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

Markets are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. A big garage sale is organized for August 15th. A Christmas market is proposed the third weekend of December.

In May, there is room for the game festival and barter.

The first Saturday of July, the city offers its Garden-guinguette festival with musical entertainment and other festivities.

In July and August, place at the Nuits Maillotines, show tours organized once a week.

The harvest festival and its animations are held in October.


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Wednesday 19 december
Min. 6°C - Max. 11°C
Thursday 20 december
Min. 6°C - Max. 11°C
Friday 21 december
Min. 9°C - Max. 14°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tours of the Chablis vineyard and cellars
Local flavours75 € Chablis (22 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Along the Yonne
Village visitEasy3h10Migennes (5.5 mi)
Municipality of Lindry
HikeEasy2h30Lindry (12.5 mi)
Chablais Path
HikeEasy2h00Courgis (22 mi)
Tour of Bléneau
Village visitEasy1h30Bléneau (29 mi)
The Canal
HikeIntermediate2h15Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses (29 mi)


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