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South east of Auxerre in the Yonne department of Burgundy, Noyers (full name Noyers-sur-Serein) is a village in the pretty setting of the Chablis countryside on the banks of the River Serein and is a listed 'most beautiful village of France'.

Noyers is a very attractive village with a well-preserved 15th century medieval centre which successfully creates the impression that you have entered into another era (despite the presence of a couple of small supermarkets). Enter the village through one of the 19 of the original 23 fortified gates and towers that are still standing and give access to the town centre. Inside the walls you will discover numerous traditional colombage and stone houses.

Within the walls simply stroll along the cobbled streets, each as impressive as the next, with the half-timbered old houses bending under the weight of the centuries. There are also a selection of cafes and a small number of gift shops in the centre of Noyers-sur-Serein.

Buildings of particular interest in Noyers include the 17th Century town hall with its ornate facade, the 15th Century church of Notre-Dame with a square tower decorated with gargoyles, the 19th Century lavoir (public linen washing area) and the remains of a castle. In total there are 78 classified historic monuments in the town.

There is also an important museum of Naive Art in Noyers-sur-Serein.

Address and Contact Details for Noyers-sur-Serein

89310 Noyers-sur-Serein

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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