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Placed centrally in Burgundy, Avallon has been important strategically in history. This fortified town lies between two ravines and from the ramparts you can look across the rooftops to the Valley of the Cousin. It is a quiet market town now, but it is ideally situated for forays into the Morvan Forest and exploring the centre of region.

Avallon really comes alive on Saturday morning when the market comes to town in the Place Géneral-de-Gaulle. Morvan honey, local cheeses such as the Abbaye de la Pierre-qui-Vire and wine from the Auxois are specialities to look out for. There are several excellent suppliers in the town such as butcher-charcuterie Viandes et Terroirs in Grande-Rue-Aristide-Briand. For a good value lunch head to Bar le Relax on Rue Lyon. This unimposing café is frequented by local businessmen and is always full.

Continuing from the Place Géneral-de-Gaulle into the old quarter of town, the clock tower leads through to the ramparts and the Promenade de la Petite Porte.

Address and Contact Details for Avallon

89200 Avallon

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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