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The Morvan Regional Nature Park

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

The Morvan Regional Nature Park - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

With a surface area of 281 400 hectares, the Morvan Regional Nature Park covers the four departments of Burgundy, which are Côte-d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne. This granite massif, both wild and hilly, reaches an altitude of 901 metres at Haut Folin, in the department of Saône-et-Loire.

With its vast forests, dotted with signposted paths, great lakes and rivers - ideal for outdoor activities - the Morvan is a choice destination for sports fans and nature lovers.

Nestling amid verdant scenery, the great lakes of the Morvan, which are Settons, Pannecière, Chaumeçon, Saint-Agnan, Chamboux and Crescent, have plenty to delight fans of fishing, hiking and water sports.

A bastion of Gallic culture, the site of Bibracte on Mount Beuvray, south of the Morvan, is Europe's biggest archaeological site dedicated to the Celtic world. A museum on the slopes of Mount Beuvray in the commune of Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray tells the story of Celtic civilisation, through collections of items found in archaeological digs.

During your stay in the Morvan, take a detour along the little roads, lanes and paths to see the listed site of the Gouloux Waterfall, the Cure Valley, Breuil-Chenue Forest, the Narvau Gorges, the panoramic view over the peaks of the Morvan from the Mount of Justice in Lormes...

A land of history and tradition, Morvan also invites you to visit its ecomuseum, made up of themed houses and associated sites: the House of People and Landscapes in Saint-Brisson, House of Livestock Farming and the Charolais in Moulins-Engilbert, House of Vauban in Saint-Léger-Vauban, House of Oral Heritage and House of the Carters in Anost, House of Rye in Ménessaire, Clog Museum in Étang-sur-Arroux, Marchand Clog-makers in Gouloux, House of Wine and Barrel-making in Ouroux-en-Morvan, and House of Trades of the Rural World in Tamnay-en-Bazois.

At the heart of a 40-hectare estate, the Saint-Brisson Area, headquarters of the Park House, also offers its ecomuseum dedicated to the history of the morvandiau territory, a museum about the Resistance in the Morvan, a botanical garden inspired by the medieval gardens, an arboretum and an educational path along the Taureau Pond.

When it comes to gastronomy, savour the Morvan's delicious honey, wild bilberries, cooked meats and of course typical local dishes such as potée bourguignonne, a type of hotpot, and râpée morvandelle, a gratin with potatoes, onions and ham.

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