The sound of the orange-tinted leaves crunching underfoot, the pink morning sun rising over the water in the canals, stopping off for picnics in the shade of a tree or on the shores of a lake while exploring the area by bike, the comforting light of the evening reflecting off the red and golden leaves in the vineyards... Everyone can embrace the natural environment in Burgundy, for an experience on the riverbanks, in the woodland, forests and through the rows of vines that will awaken all the senses. Browse our selection of ideal activities and accommodation to really enjoy the great outdoors at your own pace, at the best time of year: in autumn of course!
Exploring the area at a leisurely pace
When you go back home from your stay in Burgundy, you'll love looking through your photos full of the comforting, golden autumn shades. Forests, vineyards, hills, woodland... looking back over the photos of the landscapes covered in the red and yellow shades of autumn will remind you that Burgundy boasts magnificent scenery that is worthy of the greatest of painters.
While you're here, you'll notice that at every turn, as you explore the area on foot, by bike or even on horseback, from the basket of a hot-air balloon, from the deck of your boat, or as you cruise down a canal, when you take it slow, you'll have all the time in the world to admire this incredible autumn scenery.
Some ideas for your autumn getaway...
Are you looking for ideas for something to see or do in Burgundy in autumn? Here we’ve gathered some ideas for you, this is of course not the full list because in Burgundy there are so many canals and rivers, and different landscapes to explore on foot, by bike or even on horseback... Burgundy is just waiting to be explored!
Sleep with nature all around you
Shhh! It's time to just enjoy the silence, only broken by some nocturnal animals scurrying about. Look up and observe the starry sky, then enjoy a great night's sleep at one of the establishments from our selection, all surrounded by nature that is made all the more striking in autumn.
Where the Loire and Allier rivers meet
Christophe Page is passionate about his region and takes visitors on guided outings in the Loire, as far as Bec d’Allier, a protected natural site where the Loire and Allier rivers meet, in the French department of Nièvre.
This nature guide loves to share his knowledge of this remarkable environment, and at the same time raise awareness for the need to take care of this natural area and its wildlife. He is a committed and passionate guide and his outings really encourage visitors to reflect upon how they interact with nature in Burgundy and further afield.
Get back to basics in the Morvan
The Morvan is the ultimate place in Burgundy to come and embrace the great outdoors, where nature is all around you, offering so many simple activities to enjoy, to recharge your batteries at your own pace. Take a walk through the forest and along the shores of a lake, forage for mushrooms, sip tea in front of the fire, go for a well-deserved afternoon nap in a cosy Hobbit's house or another style of accommodation. Welcome to the Morvan, for the ultimate relaxing experience surrounded by nature!
Our top tips on where to eat in the Morvan in autumn
We have selected some great places for you, where you’re sure to find delicious food this autumn. Follow the guide!
Traditional local cuisine with a touch of both Burgundy and Alsace in some of the dishes. Come and enjoy your lunch out on the spacious terrace area during the Indian summer.L’Ecole Buissonnière
La Vieille Auberge du Lac
At the heart of Morvan des Lacs, this restaurant on the shores of Saint-Agnan lake serves regional cuisine using top-quality, local products.La Vieille Auberge du lac
Au Cochon Ventru
A gourmet bistro-style establishment in a simply magnificent setting. The chef uses fresh and local products to concoct his dishes, served in a welcoming atmosphere with a blend of modernity and quality materials.Au Cochon Ventru
Where shall we book?
Do you fancy a taste of château life, staying in a cabin on stilts, chalets on the water’s edge, a renovated farmhouse, eating in the local bistro, at a grand restaurant or a small and simple one, establishments that use short circuits and local products... Browse our suggestions for a revitalising experience in the Morvan this autumn.