The area offers an heritage of Renaissance chateaus, historical towns, listed villages, Cistercian abbeys, exceptional places of interest and nature reserves.
Renaissance Castle : Ancy-Le-Franc, Tanlay, Maulnes, Bussy-Rabutin
Historical towns : Auxerre, Tonnerre, Avallon, Semur-en-Auxois
Villages listed “French most beautiful villages“ : Noyers, Vézelay, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
Cistercian abbeys : Pontigny, Fontenay, Quincy, Prieuré de Vausse
Exceptional places of interest : Arcy-sur-Cure’s decorated caves, Buffon’s forges,
salted springs in Saint-Père, the Canal of Burgundy, Morvan’s nature reserve…
There are many reasons to go to this beautiful village on a hill above the Cure river.
The Sainte Marie-Madeleine Church is a masterpiece of Burgundian Romanesque art and architecture and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The Zervos museum houses a unique modern art collection.
And there is a good white wine: Bourgogne Vézelay.
Near Vézelay and 1.5 km South of the village of Saint-Père is an interesting archaeological site called Salt Springs (les Fontaines Salées) with a large Gallo-Roman thermal construction dating back to the first and third centuries AD as well as a small museum..
The oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981 and most of the buildings of the Romanesque period are very well preserved.
The abbey is surrounded by a park which was listed in 2004 as "Remarkable Garden" by the National Council of Parks and Gardens.
A medieval village with a beautiful medieval church where classical concerts are hold during summer. The Serein river flows nearby.
The town is perched on a rocky spur which defines the edge between the limestone of Burgundian plateaus and Morvan’s granite. The medieval town centre is charming with, among other buildings, Saint-Lazare church and Grenier à Sel.
Beautiful historical centre with half-timbered houses (particularly in the Marine district). Saint-Germain abbey was founded in the 6th Century and its crypt contains some of the oldest paintings ever seen in France (9th Century).
Saint-Etienne cathedral is a model of gothic style with a roman crypt.
A major archaeological site in France, this wealthy gallo-roman villa was used from the first to the fifth century AD. Sculpted stone blocks found there show that grape vines have been grown in the area for a very long time.
A Renaissance palace on the lands of the Dukes of Burgundy. This castle was innovative for its time and could compare to the castle of Fontainebleau. It was built by the Italian architect of King Francis I. Inside it contains the biggest and most beautiful collection of murals in France from the 16th & 17th century.
An adventure course inside a former covered white-stoned quarry in Coutarnoux.
A beautiful set of eleven decorated caves etched by the Cure river in a limestone massif.