<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
5 ISSUES FOR £5 Subscribe to France Magazines today click here

7 reasons you should live in Burgundy

PUBLISHED: 15:34 07 June 2016

Beaujolais vineyards in Saône et Loire in southern Burgundy ©Thinkstock/Fontaine Gael

Beaujolais vineyards in Saône et Loire in southern Burgundy ©Thinkstock/Fontaine Gael

Archant

Not sure where to settle down when moving to France? Here are the reasons why Burgundy is a great place to live

1. The countryside is simply stunning

You’ll find rolling hills crowned with vineyards, gentle rivers snaking their way around small limestone escarpments, vast unspoilt rural expanses and little villages nestled in valleys. It is said that when you stand at the top of the highest hill above Chablis, the famous white wine producing vines stretch out as far as the eye can see.

2. The scenery changes with each season

In the summer, the hills adorn a patchwork of colours and lines, the vines creating green parallel lines, rapeseed fields dotting them with splashes of yellow. Autumn is probably when the region is at its most beautiful when the vines turn orange and red and forests glow amber in the sun. There’s a kind of silent stillness in winter when frost freezes the rivers and the trees, coating them in sparkling ice, while fruit trees suddenly bloom in spring, their blossoms bursting with pink and white flowers.

3. You’ll never go hungry

Food is an important part of life in Burgundy and Bourguignons love their food probably as much as they love their wine. Dishes are hearty, flavoursome and mostly cooked with wine. Specialties include boeuf bourguignon, oeufs en meurette, coq au vin and gougères. The region produces world-famous mustard, some fabulous cheeses – Epoisses, Pierre Qui Vire, Morbier – and is home to Charolais beef. Markets are a great way to sample local products and to interact with locals.

4. There’s a lot of wine...

With no less than six different vine growing areas - Chablis, Côtes de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Pouilly-Fumé - you’re spoilt for choice. Living in Burgundy means you are close to all the family-run vineyards which you can visit and do tastings in. It’s even better to purchase bottles straight from their cellar, a unique experience in itself.

5. …and even more historical sites

Burgundy is scattered with charming villages, chateaux, historical abbeys and churches. It has nine plus beaux villages de France which are all lovely to explore, a couple of UNESCO World Heritage sites including Vézelay and the Fontenay Abbey and several architectural specialties including the stunning varnished tiles which you can see in Dijon and Beaune.

6. There’s plenty to do

With such a lovely countryside, there are many outdoor activities to keep the whole family busy. The intricate network of canals enables you to go boating or even canoeing throughout the region and the tow paths are all bicycle-friendly. The Parc Naturel du Morvan has many footpaths and hiking routes but the dense forests all around mean you can also go tree-walking or exploring on a quad bike.

7. You’re never far from the rest of France

Burgundy is conveniently located close to both Paris and Lyon so an easy weekend getaway is definitely doable. You can be in Paris in 2 hours up the A6 or 90 mins by train (TER) and in Lyon in just under 3 hours straight down the A6 or 4 hours on the train.

Find out more

Burgundy-France-Comté region guide

The best places to buy a bargain property in France

Explore Champagne and Burgundy

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Complete France visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Complete France staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Complete France account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Article by Living France Living France

More from Living in France

Yesterday, 12:07

Brit Amanda Pattinson and her husband moved to a small village near Eymet in Dordogne in October 2016 from where she runs her online business selling handmade chocolates

Read more
Dordogne
Monday, December 18, 2017

For Dick Schrader the only way to get his perfect French property was to build it from scratch. He explains how he went about buying a plot of land, designing and building his house in Lot

Read more
Midi-Pyrenees
Friday, January 12, 2018

Researching energy deals and making small adjustments will ensure your utility bills in France are as low as possible, here are six ways to save money

Read more
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Prepare your French home for winter by following this essential checklist and keeping up with property maintenance

Read more
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Running a campsite in France can be hard work but offers a decent income and a rewarding lifestyle. Make sure you carefully consider the location, regulations and costs before you invest in a campsite

Read more
Camping in France
Monday, June 5, 2017

You might be booked up for the peak seasons, but how can you make money from your gîte or B&B during the quieter out-of-season periods as well? By knowing your audience and effectively tailoring your marketing, you can turn your French property into a thriving holiday let all year round!

Read more
Running a business
Thursday, November 30, 2017

If you are buying in or moving to France you will need a French bank account but before you open one make sure you read these 11 things you need to know to avoid making a costly mistake

Read more
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seperation, divorce, illness or outliving a spouse results in many women struggling financially in retirement. Don’t rely on your partner to support you in retirement, start planning for your own retirement now!

Read more
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The French pharmacy is so much more tham a place to pick up your prescriptions. Here are 11 things you might not know about pharmacies in France.

Read more
Healthcare in France
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It seems unlikely that, after Brexit, British expats living in France will enjoy the same healthcare rights as they currently do, so what will change?

Read more
Brexit
Subscribe today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

France Forum

Questions about France? Visit our free France forum to get help and advice from thousands of other Francophiles and expats. Topics include: property, tax, law, travelling, pets, education, healthcare and much more.

Join the forum

Most Read

Join us on social media

France magazine
Living France magazine
French Property News magazine

Enter our competitions

Win books, DVDs, travel and even holidays in France in our great competitions! Take a look at our latest competitions…

Enter now