Burgundy Activities and Things To Do On Holiday

Sampling Burgundy wine, France

Wine-tasting

Travel one of the great wine routes of France, the N74 south from Dijon, passing through villages with famous names such as Nuits St-George, Beaune and Mersault.

Visit in springtime to avoid the crowds or at harvest time when the air is heavy with the scent of grape juice. Use walking and cycle trails and look for signs saying ‘degustation gratuit’ for a free tasting.

Be warned, despite the sleepy nature of the villages, vineyards are big business, the wines are excellent and can be expensive.

Cellars in wine centre Beaune offer tastings and tours can be arranged through the tourist office. See the wine-making process as well as tasting at Chateau du Clos-de-Vouget 15km to the north.

Outdoor pursuits

Horse trekking and hiking trails are abundant in ‘Les Chemins de Puisaye’ and the terrain is great for mountain biking. Ballooning is popular in Burgundy; contact companies like ‘Air Escargot’ at Remigny to arrange flights over canals and vineyards.

Cycle along tow paths, past vineyards, on country roads, up steep hills and down gentle valleys, and through Morvan Regional Natural Park where you can also find walking, climbing and water sports. Coarse fishermen enjoy lake, river, canal and reservoir fishing with the simple purchase of a local licence.

Rock-climbing

Burgundy is a great place for a rock climbing holiday offering a series of good quality limestone crags - mainly single pitch sports routes.

The area has over 50 crags including 19 major ones and thousands of sports routes of all grades. The steep ‘combes’ above the vine-covered hillsides of the Cote d’Or are particularly popular.

Saffres cliff near Vitteaux is part of a wonderful landscape but can get crowded in spring. Cormot cliff, south of Beaune, is the highest crag in Burgundy and on famous Le Saussois there is evidence of climbing from the Middle Ages. Some cliffs are protected sites where bird nesting periods from February to the end of June should be avoided.

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