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Small towns and medieval villages with character

Beside rivers, lakes and forests, the Burgundian countryside offers its visitors a great number of small towns and mediaeval villages with character.

Some of them (Avallon, Joigny, Vézelay) are mentioned in Urban splendor, but Clamecy, La Charité-sur-Loire, Tonnerre, Châtillon-sur-Seine, Mont-Saint-Vincent, Semur-en-Brionnais are also worth a visit and following places should not be missed in any case :
Noyers-sur-Serein with its preserved fortifications, numerous half-timbered houses and its museum dedicated to naive art.


Montréal with its mediaeval gates and its gothic church which houses the best sets of choir stalls in Burgundy.

Montréal with its mediaeval gates

Semur-en-Auxois built in a picturesque position, is dominated by big drum towers and by Notre-Dame, which is one of the best examples of Gothic art in Burgundy.


Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, famous for its aniseed sweets, is perched on a rocky summit. Two gates give access to the village which offers numerous mediaeval and Renaissance houses and a very interesting parish church. The film ‘Chocolat’ has been shot in this magnificent village.


Châteauneuf-en-Auxois is one of the most beautiful villages in Noyers-sur-Serein France. Its castle dates back to the late 12th C and the 14th C and commands the valley as well as the Canal de Bourgogne.

Brancion, in the surroundings of Tournus, is definitely one of the most charming hill villages in Burgundy, with a huge castle, a very harmonious Romanesque Church and an old market hall.

credits : Burgundy Tourist Board

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