The Burgundy region is famed for its wines, but, as almost all of France, it offers much more – great local food, historic sights aplenty, and gorgeous landscapes. Burgundy lends itself equally well for a longer tour and a short break.
Abbaye de la Bussière, Burgundy
Only a few hours’ drive away from Calais, Burgundy is close enough to Britain to warrant a cheeky visit, but unique enough to represent a clean break with whatever is keeping you down in Blighty.
A great starting point for any jaunt in Burgundy is Dijon. Apart from giving its name to a kind of mustard, Dijon is a lovely mid-sized city, combining reliably impressive French cathedrals and museums with a vibrant, student-y charm. The Place Darcy for example is almost Parisian in its quaint elegance, and is the site of the Porte Guillaume arch. The Art Museum in the Dukes’ Palace is also worth a visit, and if the weather is nice you can enjoy some splendid walks or bike rides along the river Seine.
Dijon also lies within the wine-producing region in Burgundy, so you’ll be able to sample a fair few locally produced wines (notably the famously delicious Chablis) in the many great restaurants. There are also a couple of excellent vineyards around the city that make great trips. One particularly recommended wine-related activity is provided by Authentica Tour, who offer wine tours through local wineries and vineyards.
To get to Dijon, you can take a P&O Ferry from Dover to Calais. From there, it is about a three-hour drive to Dijon.
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