Hear Burgundy

Music festivals

There’s plenty for music lovers in Burgundy, including a vibrant jazz scene in Nevers, sacred music in Dijon and the International Festival of Baroque Opera, which takes place in the impressive courtyard of the Hospices de Beaune. Also not to be missed…

  • Blues in La Charité-sur-Loire
  • Jazz in Toucy and Couches
  • Rencontres Musicales, Vézelay
  • Catalpa, Auxerre
  • Traditional French song in Lormes
  • Musicales en Auxois

A concert at Tournus Abbey

One of France’s most important monastic towns, Tournus stands within strong walls on the banks of the Saône, between the Bresse plain and Mâconnais hills. Its Abbey of Saint Philibert survived the hard centuries of feudalism and the Wars of Religion – and today it’s a model of early Romanesque art, noted for its sober architecture and lack of ornamentation. The broad, strong pillars of the narthex and nave contrast sharply with the slender columns in the atmospheric crypt below. A lively programme of classical concerts runs here throughout the summer.

Wildlife in the Parc du Morvan

Just two hours from Paris, the Morvan massif is a haven for nature lovers. Large lakes were created here in the 19th century by damming a number of tributaries of the Yonne and Cure rivers. Settons lake was created in 1861 to increase water flow for transporting wood – it’s now one of the major stages in the Grande Traversée du Morvan (GTM) mountain bike route, linking Avallon with Autun. Saint-Agnan lake is the most recent addition and provides drinking water for around 30 villages. At Settons lake there are water-based activities for every ability level – we recommend taking a canoe to the island in the centre to see and hear the many resident bird species. Pannecière lake is well stocked with fish and there are also long- and short-distance footpaths in the Parc du Morvan, plus several bridle paths to enjoy on horseback.