What to do around Dijon? 7 getaways not to be missed

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Discover these places around Dijon

Former Duchy of Burgundy, the region has managed to preserve a very rich historical heritage, visible in the architecture of its many villages. Around Dijon, lovers of old stones will be in heaven, as will wine lovers and gourmets. So many great discoveries to make in Burgundy country!

Take a wine course in Beaune

Among the 3 wine estates in Burgundy, Beaune is one of the most famous. Here everything is dedicated to the nectar of the gods. You will find there first the Burgundy Wine Museum, a necessary step to better understand how local viticulture works. Then go to the Burgundy Wine School which offers many activities. For a first discovery, you can for example opt for the formula “Stroll between vines and wines”: during 2 hours of walk you will be accompanied by an expert and passionate trainer who will make you discover the secrets of the local wines. Then follows the tasting of three different wines. A perfect activity for couples or friends around Dijon!

The wine museum in Beaune

Visit the Edmond Fallot mustard factory

Also located in Beaune, the Moutarderie Fallot is an institution around Dijon. Family house since 1840, it produces mustard in the traditional way, the seeds being crushed with a stone mill.. The visit includes a “Museum” section, then an interactive tour that will introduce you to the history of Burgundy mustard. Finally, you will visit the place of production. In the shop, you will find a mustard bar where you can taste the majority of the house's products. Ideal before doing some shopping! 

The Fallot mustard factory

Take a walk in the Morvan Regional Nature Park

Do you want nature around Dijon? Just an hour's drive away, the Morvan Regional Natural Park will delight hikers. In addition to the many trails suitable for all levels, the park also has several equestrian courses. On a hot summer day, the lakes will offer you a perfect break to cool off. If you want to do nautical activities, head for example to Lac des Settons: canoeing, pedal boats, beaches… something to please everyone, in a Canadian forest setting!

Settons Lake

Discover Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

This medieval village, near the Burgundy Canal, is classified “Most beautiful village in France”. Remarkably preserved, its historic center is made up of beautiful residences, with pediments and splendid staircases that can be seen around the bend of cobbled streets. Surrounded by a military fortress, the village also has a castle that can be visited all year round. Every summer, Châteauneuf welcomes contemporary artists, whose works blend beautifully into the medieval atmosphere of the place. A great getaway to do around Dijon!

Châteauneuf en Auxois

Start the Camino de Santiago, in Vézelay

The legendary Chemin de Compostelle has four possible departures in France, including one around Dijon, in Vézelay. No need to walk the 880 km to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, in the Pyrenees! For example, you can only do one or two steps, just to get in the mood. From “the Eternal Hill” in Vézelay, you have two trails: either towards Tannay or towards Bazoches. Believer or not, the Camino de Santiago can be an important initiatory walk, in the footsteps of the thousands of pilgrims who have set foot on these lands.

The hill of Vézelay

Taste Flavigny anise

Do you know these little candies with an inimitable taste? Around Dijon, direction Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. On your arrival, you will be charmed by its cobbled streets, its three fortified gates and its ramparts. Let yourself be guided by the intoxicating smell of anise that can be smelled throughout the village, to the old Benedictine abbey. There are handcrafted dragees, from local products. The workshop and the Carolingian crypt can be visited free of charge all year round.

Flavigny anis

Hiking from Dijon

Want to stroll around Dijon without taking the car? The metropolis offers 34 peri-urban circuits to do from your home or from a city bus stop. Very practical if you are not transported! In all, 340 km of marked trails will make you discover the heritage of the agglomeration. In the Dijon Métropole ... walking guide, all the circuits are detailed, depending on the time available or the level of difficulty.

Hiking trail in the Combe park

Ready to discover all these wonders around Dijon? 

In this region steeped in history, there are many places to explore around Dijon. Check the weather, prepare a picnic and go visit sumptuous villages… or hike in an exceptional setting! Do you have other favorites in the area? Share them with us in the comments!

But by the way, before setting off to explore the surroundings, do you already know the essentials of the city of Dijon?

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