If you want to discover all the secrets of Burgundy, this article is for you! After my report on the Saone-et-Loire, I propose you to go to the north, between the Côte d’Or, the Nièvre and the Yonne, in the Regional Natural Park of Morvan. To help you to plan your trip, your weekend or your little getaway, here are 10 things to see in Morvan.
Before you start planning your stay in the Morvan Regional Nature Park, here are some key facts.
Useful links to prepare your stay in Morvan
- Book your train ticket to Morvan
- Book a cheap car in Morvan
- Find accommodation in Morvan
- Find the best reviews of activities and restaurants in Morvan
- Get inspired on places to visit in Burgundy and Morvan
At each escapade, you will find a lot of surprises! I took a huge slap during these two days spent in the roads of Morvan … Sincerely! But what did she do? Well, I wrote everything a little lower! Loop your suitcase and head towards the Morvan Natural and Regional Park, a small jewel shared between Nièvre, Yonne and Cote d’Or. You will need a camera, good shoes, an umbrella (just in case) and a traveling companion! Are you ready ? Here are the 10 things to see in the Morvan.
10 things to see and do in Morvan
Your stay in the Morvan Regional Nature Park starts now! It will be necessary to choose your departure city. Several choices are available to you:
- Dijon-Ville train station
- Le Creusot speed train station
- Beaune train station
In each city and train station, you will have the opportunity to rent a car to make your road trip in the Morvan. From Paris, the easiest way is to go to Le Creusot TGV. Indeed, this train station is the cheapest for you and especially the shortest. It will take you about 1 hour 20 minutes to reach your destination and start your journey in the Morvan Regional Nature Park.
Here are the 10 things to see in the Morvan, from the Le Creusot TGV station.
- Bibracte and his Gallo-Celtic people
More than 2000 years ago, a capital was born on Mont Beuvray, in the heart of Burgundy. Founded at the end of the 2nd century BC, Bibracte is today an archeological site. Unique place in Europe, this natural and historical site is one of the 10 things to see in the Morvan. You should allow about 3 hours to discover the museum and the exteriors. Three tours are proposed: the city center of Bibracte, the Tour of the ramparts or The path of the Maraude in the clearings. This place is unique to study Romanization in the time of the Gallic. This is ideal for discovering how Gallic people lived, how the city was built and how the economy worked. ULTRA interesting and fun for the youngest … archaeological workshops are organized for children.
Price: from € 7.50 (visit of the museum and temporary exhibition), possibility to make half-day or full-day visits with meals included
Lac de Chamboux, located in Saint-Martin-de-la-Mer, is one of the 6 main lakes of the Morvan Regional Nature Park. It’s also the newest! The tour around the lake is 8 kilometers long and takes about 2.5 hours. Take good shoes, in case of rain, the floor is sometimes slippery. It hosts an incredible fauna and flora. It is the ideal to relax and enjoy the Morvan.
- Sleeping in a hobbit house at Domaine de la Pierre Ronde
You read correctly … “sleeping in a hobbit house”. I told you that the Morvan had surprised me! The Domaine de la Pierre Ronde is for something. A magical night is waiting for you there. Yannick and Gaëlle have built real jewels in this fantastic village, located right on Lake Chamboux in Saint-Martin-de-la-Mer. Thatched cottage of Merwind, houses of hobbits, house of Elves, romantic yurt, tipis … There is something for all tastes and especially, all the profiles! Fan or not fan of the Tolkien stories, you will be amazed.
Price: from 150 € per night
- The city of Saulieu and St-Andoche basilica
Saulieu is a town of 6000 inhabitants and a gastronomic and well-being stop on your route in the Morvan Regional Nature Park. On the natural side, Saulieu is said to have become the national capital of the Christmas tree. During your visit, don’t miss the Pompon Museum, which pays tribute to the sculptor François Pompon. Enjoy your walk and go to admire the St. Andoche Basilica and drink tea at the famous Parisian cafe, a stop for all visitors to the Morvan. I advise you to eat at the restaurant of the Hostellerie de la Tour d’Auxois. The food is simple and delicious! The dishes are well stocked and the products are cooked with love.
- Lunch at the restaurant La Villa Loiseau des Sens
In Saulieu, I advise you to have lunch at the restaurant La Villa Loiseau des Sens. He belongs to the group Bernard Loiseau. Chief Ito Shoro offers healthy cuisine and wellness or vegetarian menus. In my wellness menu, I enjoyed a smoked trout with crunchy vegetables, bouchot mussels sprinkled with sesame and a delicious blackcurrant peach sorbet. And then … we must say that we were well accompanied at the end of our meal. Dominique Loiseau, wife of the great chef Bernard Loiseau, master of de-icing and healthy cooking, came to join us to drink his latte. She told us the story of restaurants with passion and her love of nature and simple things. A moment that I won’t forget and which is today part of the list of my most beautiful travel memories.
Price : menu from € 39
- An afternoon at the Spa La Villa Loiseau des Sens
After lunch, head to the spa at Villa Loiseau des Sens. Here, more than 1500 m2 are devoted to well-being and relaxation. The spa of Villa Loiseau des Sens has been awarded the prestigious SPA-A label in 2019. It joins the closed circle of 85 spas labeled in the world. You will have the choice between two universes (of course, you will test both): the sensory space and the voluptuous space. Draining bench, jets for the hips, swimming, sauna, steam room, ice fountain, iodine cabin … Be sure you won’t go out! I tested a facial with Aurore. A pure moment of happiness and well-being. The spa uses Decleor natural products to take care of your skin gently.
Price : € 55 for half day
- Photograph the waterfall Saut de Gouloux
You will then leave towards Vézelay. On the way, stop at Saut de Gouloux, a stone’s throw from Lake Settons. This waterfall is nearly 10 meters high. It will take a few minutes to see it. Just beside the waterfall are the ruins of two old mills and a floating port that was used to transport the wood to Paris.
- Admire the Perugia Rock
Close to the town of Quarré-les-Tombes, you will have access to the Rocher de la Perouse (said Perugia in english). Located at 556 meters above sea level, it offers an incredible panorama of the Morvan Regional Natural Park.
- Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Roche Percée in Pierre-Perthuis
Before arriving in Vézelay, last stop at Pierre-Perthuis to discover one of the 10 things to see in the Morvan: the Roche Percée. This rock forms an arch 6 meters high. Here, you will discover the phenomenon of silification that affected the region of Vézelay. The granite was fractured to make way for a skylight, and a cliff of almost 15 meters in height. The view from the top is worth it!
- The village of Vézelay and its basilica
There are 8 properties of Burgundy-Franche-Comté registered in the World Heritage of UNESCO and the Basilique de Vézelay is one of them! This little wonder is perched on top of the eternal hill. The basilica Sainte-Madeleine was built in the twelfth century and is a true masterpiece of Romanesque art. We were unlucky during our stay because there was work outside, so I only saw the interior. Free entry. I can tell you that it really deserves a tour! Also, in the center of the village you will see many craft shops and art galleries. Namely, Vézelay is one of the “most beautiful villages in France” and a starting point of the road to St Jacques de Compostela.
You will find all the information to organize your trip on:
- Website of Burgundy tourism board
- Website of Morvan tourism board
- My article about the 10 things to see in Saone-et-Loire
Don’t forget tourism board websites are the best to organize a trip, everywhere in the world you can be.