Recharge your batteries in the open air Stressed, tired or simply lovers of the countryside? Off to Burgundy! Its lush greenery provides an ideal environment to re-energise. Put together a personalised stay: lazing and taking walks, or a sports programme for the most active, in all seasons.
Moments of calm in the Burgundy nature.
The undulating Burgundy countryside is a real invitation to relaxation.
For a 100% relaxing stay, make a stopover in one of the region's green resorts. You can indulge in a hike at the heart of the Puisaye or a take stroll through the streets of Bléneau, in the Yonne. Along the Burgundy Canal, in the Auxois, the green resort of Montbard offers an exceptional viewpoint over the Brenne valley, from the 14 historic garden terraces. At the entrance of the Bresse, southeast of Tournus, the Truchère-Ratenelle nature reserve has a landscape of dunes and ponds, suitable for a break in harmony with nature...
And if you take advantage of your holidays to "snuggle up"? In Saulieu, the relais Bernard Loiseau Spa welcomes you year-round for a moment of relaxation. You can then have lunch or dinner in the adjoining 3-star Michelin restaurant . In the heart of the Charolais-Brionnais, chef Michel Troisgros' Colline du Colombier cadoles [wine growers' sheds] are a truly peaceful haven.
Nature lovers, drop your bags in Morvan Regional Natural Park. Nearly 100 km of trails await hiking enthusiasts. In Anost, don't miss a stroll along the paths joining Settons Lake, Autun and Bibracte.
In the Nivernais or Côte-d'Or, you can, respectively, walk, go on horseback or bicycle through the Bertranges forest and that of the châtillonnais area. Both forests have a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Complete your knowledge of the Burgundian terroir by a stopover on one of the region's farms with the "Bienvenue à la ferme" [Welcome to the farm] or "Accueil paysan" [Farmer's welcome] label. Farmers will be happy to show you their work, let you taste some of their best products, and if need be, provide you with accommodation.
You can also enjoy the pleasures of dining in one of the region's Logis de France restaurants, which offer tasty gastronomy based on local products. For more simplicity, cafés and country bistros or farm inns open their doors to you and offer authentic and tasty products in a warm atmosphere.
If you are looking for something unusual, let a room in a water tower in the Forterre area. You can also sleep aboard a horse-drawn carriage in Iguerande or reside in the Saint-Firmin houseboat, near Le Creusot. If you prefer more collective types of accommodation, you can pitch your tent or let a cabin in one of the many campsites in the area, unless you opt for a stay in holiday village, such as the VVF in Châtel-Censoir.
Finally, if you want an original option for a green holiday, there is always river tourism, of which Burgundy, with its 1000 km of waterways, is an emblematic region.
Sports activities for all, in the great outdoors
For those who cannot imagine a holiday without physical activity, Burgundy lends itself to many sports activities, in all seasons.
A cycling region par excellence, Burgundy is criss-crossed, from north to south, by routes dedicated to cycling. Stop in Vézelay and follow the bike path that takes you on a discovery of the village's heritage: The Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, winegrower's houses, Renaissance homes, etc.
The water's edge is also suitable for cycling. The banks of theBurgundy canal are specially designed to accommodate bicycles. You can also take the Greenway's marked trails on the Tour of Burgundy by bike, which passes near charming towns, monuments or even the heart of vineyards. You will have the opportunity to cool off at one of the water points and in the swimming areas that you will come across during your ride.
In addition to the circuits dedicated to mountain biking , it is possible to practise many sports in the Morvan Regional Natural Park. Visit the Cure or Chalaux for a session of rafting, kayaking or white water swimming ; visit each of the Morvan's lakes for the full range of water activities (swimming, water sports, fishing, etc.). You can also saddle up to wander around the Morvan Equestrian Centre on the back of a proud horse. Climbing enthusiasts will appreciate the accrobranches [Aerial High Ropes] course in Saint-Père or the climbing one in Lormes.
Finally, the countryside of Burgundy is also festive and there is something for everyone year round: The French music festival in Lormes in July, the Auxois musical festival in August, the Awaranda festival in Iguerande in September, and the history show of the Château de Saint-Fargeau all summer.