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Avallon Burgundy
The clock tower, Avallon

Placed centrally in Burgundy, Avallon has been important strategically in history. This fortified town lies between two ravines and from the ramparts you can look across the rooftops to the Valley of the Cousin. It is a quiet market town now, but it is ideally situated for forays into the Morvan Forest and exploring the centre of region.

Avallon really comes alive on Saturday morning when the market comes to town in the Place Géneral-de-Gaulle. Morvan honey, local cheeses such as the Abbaye de la Pierre-qui-Vire and wine from the Auxois are specialities to look out for. There are several excellent suppliers in the town such as butcher-charcuterie Viandes et Terroirs in Grande-Rue-Aristide-Briand. For a good value lunch head to Bar le Relax on Rue Lyon. This unimposing café is frequented by local businessmen and is always full.

Continuing from the Place Géneral-de-Gaulle into the old quarter of town, the clock tower leads through to the ramparts and the Promenade de la Petite Porte.

The Valley of the Cousin should not be missed. This verdant river valley, popular with trout fishermen, has several hotels along it. The Moulin des Ruats, originally a flour mill is the perfect location for a romantic sojourn.

See: Touring Routes

Avallon Burgundy
Tourist Office, Avallon

Market day

Saturday morning

Places to visit


Find wineries to visit at a click on the Rue des Vignerons website. This is a free service where you book online, there's information about the visit, prices, map and directions, and you can buy the domaine's wine at a reduced price.

Hotels in Avallon

Moulin des Ruats Hotel Restaurant Avallon  on bank of River Cousin Hostellerie de la Poste Avallon Chateau de Vault de Lugny near Avallon
Moulin de Ruats hotel and restaurant on the banks of the River Cousin Hostellerie de la Poste,an old coaching inn offering a warm welcome in the centre of town Château de Vault de Lugny, near Avallon and Vézelay, for a luxurious treat

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Holiday homes near Avallon

Holiday rental in Montreal medieval village Burgundy France Saint-Germain-des-Champs Holiday Cottage, near Avallon Holiday home at Asquins near Avallon and Vezelay
Petit Crème in the medieval village of Montréal, sleeps 6-7 with use of a large pool A family holiday in the Morvan Natural Park, cottage sleeping 4, ref 1246189a In Asquins, a pretty village near Avallon and Vezelay, sleeps 7, ref 980992


Avallon's Tourist Office is alongside the clock tower in the old part of town.

Competitive, comparative prices, and you can book online with


Centre Hospitalier, 1 Rue Hôpital, 89200 Avallon tel: 0033(0)3 86 34 66 00

see also
King Arthur's French Odyssey

Getting to and from Avallon
Avallon is 225 km from Paris, the nearest airport.
By train:
regional services
A bus connection from Avallon station to the TGV station Montbard.
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