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Situated in the central eastern area of France, Burgundy rolls eastward from the Loire and stretches south to the vineyards of Beaujolais. Burgundy considers itself the heart of France and this prosperous region is renowned for its superb wines such as Chablis, Macon, Pommard, Cote de’Nuit and many more.

The region has as yet remained unspoilt and offers a wide scope of activities for both the tourist and for those who desire a more permanent residence in France. Surprisingly, Burgundy is not a popular region with foreign buyers, although many inexpensive village houses and farmhouses in need of restoration can be found.

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Linked to its famous wine is a history of Burgundian food. The famous beef bourguignon, coq au vin, escargot and the wonderful tastes of many “peasant” dishes are just some of the many riches of this area, not forgetting the world famous Dijon mustard. The riches of the region, however, go far beyond wine, food and fabulous restaurants. Most famously, Burgundy is home to the French Formula 1 Grand Prix.

For the outdoor enthusiast Burgundy offers rivers, canals, lakes, large forests, rolling countryside and the gem of the area, the Morvan National Park. One of the best ways to explore the region and soak up its atmosphere is by boat. Burgundy is the perfect setting for waterway holidays, including the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne. Walking or cycling along the canals is also a popular pastime.

History also abounds in the area. A centre of medieval religious faith, many relics from its Roman past can still be viewed in the two great abbeys in Vezelay and Fontenay, and the ruins of the monastery at Cluny.

Whether your interest is exploring Dijon’s medieval churches or sampling fine wines in Beaune, cruising along one of Burgundy’s many canals or simply taking in the fabulous scenery by bike or foot, Burgundy has something to offer everyone.

Burgundy comprises four departments: Cote d’Or, Nievre, Saone et Loire and Yonne.

  • Cote d'Or (Golden Hillside) is home to many of the great Burgundy wines and Dijon, the capital of the region. Famous for more than just mustard, this vibrant university city boasts streets rich in medieval and renaissance architecture and a collection of great paintings and sculptures in the Musee des Beaux-Arts. Dijon is definitely worth visiting during one of its festivals, such as the carnival in March with its parade of giant masks, July’s national street artist festival or for the October film festival. 
  • Nievre is a department of diverse landscapes. Extending from the Morvan mountain range in the east to the Loire and Allier river valley plains in the southwest, the Nievre is for those who prefer an active holiday offering a variety of things to do such as canoeing, skiing, horse riding, cycling, climbing & fishing. The canals of Nievre, on the other hand, are given over to boating, cycling and walking along the canal towpaths. The small provincial capital Nevers is known for its nougatine candies and fine porcelain sold in a few elegant and expensive shops in the town. The medieval old town dates back to the twelfth century and the town puts on a good open-air programme in the summer. 
  • Saone et Loire in southern Burgundy offers golf enthusiasts a variety of 18-hole golf courses. For those who prefer getting out and exploring the area, a wide array of hiking and riding opportunities are available on numerous marked trails. Outdoor enthusiasts can also find boating, fishing and canoeing available on the department's 300 km of rivers and canals, and excursions on the "Voie Verte" path with a bicycle or roller blades. The area also offers air ballooning, hang gliding, and climbing. 
  • Yonne has a rich and varied landscape of green pastures, forests, lakes, vineyards and the rolling hills of the Morvan natural park. This area is home to some of the world's most prestigious wines including 'Borgogne' and 'Chablis' - best sampled with local Burgundy truffles or Charolais beef. You can follow the Route des Vins and sample and buy. There are also beautiful chateaux to visit in the valley of the Armancon, such as those at Ancy-lr-Franc and Tanlay.

HOW TO GET THERE

  • By Train - Dijon can be reached from London in just six hours via the Channel Tunnel and the TGV service.
  • By Air and Car - Although Dijon has an airport there are no direct flights from the UK. However, you can fly to Paris or Lyon and there are excellent road and train connections onwards to Burgundy.

CLIMATE

Burgundy has an excellent climate, with long hot summers, accompanied with cold but very dry and short winters. From spring until late September and sometimes beyond, the climate is warm and dry with summer temperatures often reaching 30ºC plus (86ºF), occasionally punctuated by short heavy thunderstorms.

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