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Towns in Burgundy

Chablis, Beaune, Dijon, Cluny, Mâcon and Vézelay are some of the famous towns in Burgundy known for their wine, fine food and glorious past, with châteaux, churches and museums at all points north, south, east and west. Visit the markets, specialist food shops and restaurants and soak up the French atmosphere in the bars and cafes.

Autun   Auxerre

Roman Autun, Burgundy, FranceThis is the Roman heart of Burgundy. A town rich in history and architecture, surrounded by beautiful countryside.


Medieval Auxerre, BuOn the River Yonne, explore the old part of town with its timber framed houses.
Famous for its football team.

Avallon   Beaune

Avallon overlooks the beautiful Cousin Valley from the town’s ramparts. A charming market town.


Hospices Beaune, Burgundy, FranceThe centre of the wine region, steeped in wine culture, with famous vineyards surrounding it at all points of the compass.

Chablis   Chalon-sur-Sane

This town is known as the ‘Golden Gate’ of Burgundy for the great wine it produces.


A lively town on the Saône river, good for shopping. Photography buffs will enjoy the Musée Nicéphore-Niepce.

Châtillon-sur-Seine   Cluny

Châtillon-sur-Seine in the north-east of Burgundy is famous for the magnificent Treasures of Vix.


Once the largest abbey in Christendom, this town is an important location in Burgundy’s past.

Dijon   Joigny

Capital of the region with majestic buildings dating back to the glorious days of the Dukes of Burgundy. Lively University town.


A picturesque town, home of one of France's best known restaurants, La Côte St-Jacques and centre of viticulture.

Mcon   Nevers

Famous for its wines and landscapes, Mâcon on the River Saône is the gateway to the south, Lyon and the Mediterranean.


Situated on the River Loire, the seat of government for the Nièvre is a good shopping centre with hearty food and scenic waterways.

Saulieu   Semur-en-Auxois

Situated on the N6 on the edge of the Morvan Forest, Saulieu is famous as centre for gastronomy in the region.


Medieval fortress town on the River Armançon. Charming rampart walks, lively cultural programme.

Sens   St-Florentin

This ancient city, an important archiepiscopal seat in its heyday, stands at the northern entrance to Burgundy.


A treasure trove of antiques and brocante is to be found in this small town.

Tournus   Vézelay

A timeless old town with antique shops, cafes and restaurants in the maze of streets. Visit l’Abbaye St-Philibert.


This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been a centre of pilgrimage for centuries. The basilica is the nucleus of this charming medieval town, which rates as one of Burgundy‘s, and France’s best.

Arbois   Besanon

Centre of the Jura wine region and home of Louis Pasteur


An old town, young at heart, with the Vauban fortress towering over the river Doubs.

Belfort   Ornans

Outdoor pursuits from hiking and biking to cross-country skiing on the doorstep


A charming town on the river Loue, home of artist Gustave Courbet