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Massif Central and Burgundy Tourist Information

Visit the great wine-producing region of Burgundy. Wander among the vineyards and marvel at the elegant buildings and ancient ramparts in sophisticated Dijon, Auxerre and Beaune. Discover the  Massif Central and explore the sparkling blue lakes and sweeping wooded slopes of the Auvergne and forested Cévennes mountains. Eurocamp Independent's guide to Burgundy Tourist Information includes links to the best campsites in Burgundy & the Massif Central, with details of tourist attractions and sightseeing suggestions to make the most of your holiday experience.

Eating out in Massif Central and Burgundy

While you are in the region, try gastronomic delights such as Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourgignon, which both originated in Burgundy but are well-known outside France. Or enjoy some more local produce such as green lentil dishes and potée - pork and cabbage hotpot - in the quaint inns.

Cuisine in Massif Central - A tasty local speciality is la Fondue Comtoise’, (‘Comté’ cheese, dry Jura wine and a dash of Kirsch).

The German influence is strong with ‘Quiche Lorraine’, ‘Tarte à l’Oignon’ (savoury onion tart) and ‘Choucroute Garnie’, pickled cabbage cooked and garnished with various meats and sausages. Cakes to sample are ‘Madeleines’ and ‘Kougelhof’ which includes sponge, with raisins and almonds. Strongly-flavoured cheese from Munster is ranked as one of France’s greatest.

Cuisine in Burgundy - Many dishes are, naturally, cooked in the local wine, notably ‘boeuf bourguignon’. Snails, cooked with parsley and garlic butter, are a favourite first course. An alternative is ‘jambon persillé’, ham with parsley, served up with the famous Dijon mustard plus a selection of mixed pickles and gherkins.

The vineyards of Burgundy stretching from Dijon south to Santenay are amongst the world’s finest wine producing regions. Meursault which is in the heart of the vineyards, provides an ideal starting point for touring the region.

Massif Central & Burgundy Sightseeing and Culture

Must see locations and information for tourists visiting the Massif Central and Burgundy:

Beaune
A wonderful place to explore Burgundy's wine culture. Vist the "Hospices de Beaune", built in the 15th Century as a hospital for the sick and needy, and now home to a world-famous wine auction. There's an intersting wine museum, and plenty of shops and bistros for a day of pottering through the town's cobbled streets.

Auxerre
The capital of Lower Burgundy built on charming terraces overlooking the River Yonne. The Gothic cathedral of St. Etienne dates from the 13th century and other notable buildings include:

  • former abbey church of St. Germain
  • the church of St. Eusebius
  • the Leblanc Duvernoy Museum housing magnificent 18th century Beauvais tapestries,
  • the Natural History Museum dedicated to Paul Bert which is set in a small botanic garden

Conques
One of the most remarkable towns in France, full of narrow winding streets and many old houses clinging to the hillside above the deep gorges of the River Dourdou.

Millau
This lively town was a pottery making centre in Roman times. It now boasts an impressive viaduct, which stands at 350m high.

Le Puy
The town was once a pilgrimage centre and boasts an impressive Romanesque cathedral. “Son et lumiére” performances are held here in July and August, whilst the “Musée Crozatier” houses an interesting collection of the lacework for which Le Puy is famous.

How to get there

Take a short morning crossing to Calais leaving a drive of around 6 to 8 hours to Burgundy or 10 to 11 hours to the Massif Central.

Campsites around Massif Central and Burgundy