Côte-d'Or is one of eight departments that make up the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of which Dijon is the capital. Its history dates back several millennia and some famous figures have walked its lands. Vercingetorix and Julius Caesar are the best known of them, but there was also the courageous Charles the Bold, who fought for Burgundy's independence. As they came and went, an exceptional built heritage was constructed over the centuries. Examples of it can be seen in the churches, castles, abbeys and old medieval towns such as Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois and Semur-en-Auxois.
Côte-d'Or also boasts plenty of natural and scenic heritage to be enjoyed on foot, by bike or on the water. The woodlands of Morvan, the rivers and ponds, the peaceful Burgundy Canal and prestigious vineyards invite visitors to escape and explore.
This is an area renowned for its fine food, and any discussion of Côte-d'Or must include a mention of its gastronomic heritage. Dijon mustard, gingerbread, Flavigny aniseed sweets, Burgundy truffles and snails, cheese, blackcurrants: the pleasures of the table are limitless here! Not forgetting the internationally famous Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits grand cru wines!