Things to do
From 1,000 AD, the powerful Dukes of Burgundy shaped the region into one of the most prosperous in Europe. Their capital was Dijon, which became an important cultural and religious centre throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. Reminders of Burgundy’s medieval wealth remain today, from the immense Palais de Ducs to numerous chateaux dotting the countryside. While here, don’t miss a visit to Fontenay Abbey, the only remaining monastery in Burgundy. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the cloisters and the beautifully restored gardens.
FOOD & DRINK
Burgundy’s wine is part of its history, with many vineyards – such as Clos du Vougeot – dating back hundreds of years. Due to the huge variants in the quality of the soil, wines from neighbouring vineyards can have very different tastes – so it’s best to visit more than one, to find your favourite! Wine is an important feature of Burgundy’s cuisine, too. Savour rich, pinot noir sauces in classic dishes like coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon, or dine on fish poached in chardonnay.
With so much fabulous food and wine to sample, Burgundy has no shortage of ways to work up an appetite. You could take a gentle stroll through the hills and valleys of the Côte d’Or, or tour the vineyards by bike. To discover Burgundy’s wilder side, escape to Morvan Regional Natural Park. This scenic stretch of hills, forests and rivers is a great spot to try outdoor activities like rafting or mountain biking, or to just sit back with your binoculars to spot kestrels and black kites.