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Drive down the hill into Semur-en-Auxois on a fine day and more often than not you will see artists sketching the citadel. For this is a very picturesque town with attractive houses, antique ironmongery on the walls and doors and narrow streets. By day, the magnificent fortress looks onto the pretty valley of the River Armançon with its weeping willows and weirs. By night, the gigantic towers and ramparts are softly illuminated to create a spectacle all of their own.

Go over the Pont Joly, past the Tour de l’Orle-d’Or with its seemingly vulnerable fractured side, and up the cobbled street into town. Wander through the Porte Guillier, a medieval gateway, and enjoy the street cafes and shops along the pedestrian street. The chocolate maker, Bruno Coeur, has his pâtissierie Les Semurettes at no. 14 and here you can purchase Gâteau Mont-Auxois, a local treat. Monsieur Coeur participated in the making of the film Chocolat, supplying many of the ancient tools of the trade. The Charcuterie Notre-Dame on the square has mouth watering delicatessen, and the restaurant-pizzeria L’Entr’act just down from the church has a lively atmosphere.

The town is built on a pink granite spur and the rampart walk, while hilly to say the least, is charming. You will pass former mills and tanneries and at the bottom of the valley by the Pont des Minimes, there is an authentic bistro Maison Dieu, Les Minimes.

Address and Contact Details for Semur-en-Auxois

Place Gaveau
21140 Semur-en-Auxois

+33 (0) 3 80 97 05 96

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Burgundy & Franche-Comté

Burgundy considers itself the heart of France, a prosperous region with world-renowned wine, earthy but excellent cuisine and magnificent architecture. Franche-Comté to the east combines gentle farmland with lofty Alpine forests.  Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect tour of Burgundy.

Bungundy’s vignerons (winegrowers) only have small vineyards, rarely more than 10 hectares, and they produce small quantities of very good wine. Burgundy reds are made with pinot noir grapes and the best vintages demand 10 to 20 years to age; whites are made with chardonnay. The region’s most famous wine route, the Route des Grands Crus, and its often narrow variants wend their way between stone-built villages and steeple-topped churches or the turrets of a chateau peeping above the trees.

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Other Local Activities in Burgundy & Franche-Comté

  • Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Autun
  • Auxerre
  • Avallon
  • Basilique-Ste-Sainte Marie-Madeleine, Vzelay
  • Beaune
  • Brancion
  • Cathdrale St-tienne
  • Chablis
  • Chteauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
  • Château de Bazoches
  • Château de Bussy-Rabutin
  • Château de Cormatin
  • Château de Sully
  • Château de Tanlay
  • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
  • Htel-Dieu (Muse du Vin de Bourgogne)
  • La Basilique du Sacr-Coeur
  • LAbbaye de Cluny
  • LAbbaye St. Philibert
  • Montral
  • Noyers-sur-Serein
  • Saulieu
  • Semur-en-Auxois
  • Semur-en-Brionnais