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Top 5 most beautiful villages in Burgundy

Burgundy reveals some of its treasured villages: Vézelay, a hotspot for spirituality, recognised by UNESCO, Noyers-sur-Serein, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Semur-en-Brionnais, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, among others. These picture-perfect villages are all listed as "Most Beautiful Villages in France". They are all most definitely worthy of the title and you won't regret making the detour for an afternoon or longer.

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1 UNESCO site of universal value


Vézelay is a very beautiful village. A little gem listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO with no more than 400 permanent inhabitants. Pilgrims, kings and emperors once came here in hoards to worship the relics of Saint-Madeleine before setting off on a pilgrimage or crusade.

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2 Picturesque Burgundy


This splendid village is one of the prestigious few to be listed as a "Most Beautiful Village of France". A small river (the Serein) runs alongside it on one side, and there's a hill on the other that was once crowned with a château. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets to explore this medieval and winegrower's village.

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3 Gourmet village


Exploring Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is a journey into the Middle Ages, thanks to the small winding streets, fortifications, fortified gates and carefully preserved medieval houses.

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4 The charm of the Brionnais


Fans of heritage sites, we recommend you come and explore Semur-en-Brionnais. Here, you have 1,000 years of history to discover. You'll enjoy the historic walking tour, with the feudal château, Romanesque church, dungeon and ancient residences.

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5 Trades of the Middle Ages


From down below, it's all you can see. From the road between Dijon and Autun, and from Burgundy Canal, this beautiful village stands proudly up on its rocky outcrop.

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