Off the Beaten Track

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.

Noyers-sur-Serein in Burgundy

Noyers-sur-Serein in Burgundy

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.



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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