Small is beautiful

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.

Village de Vézelay en été
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1 UNESCO site of universal value

Vézelay

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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Village classé de Noyers-sur-Serein
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2 Picturesque Burgundy

Noyers-sur-Serein

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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Village de Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
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3 Gourmet village

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

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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Village et église de Semur-en-Brionnais
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4 The charm of the Brionnais

Semur-en-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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Château et village de châteauneuf en Auxois
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5 Trades of the Middle Ages

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

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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