Abbey of Fontenay
43 km/45 min Situated several kilometres from Montbard, the Abbey of Fontenay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the historical treasures of the Côte d’Or. Founded in the 12th century by Saint Bernard, it is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries and bears witness to the importance and the spread of the Cistercian order in mediaeval Europe. You can visit year-round to admire this jewel of extremely well-preserved Romanesque architecture: only the refectory has been demolished. Cultural events are scheduled every summer. The Abbey of Fontenay, only 45 kilometres from the Tour de Giry, is a place to be visited whether you’re seven or 77!
The Butte de Thil
6 km/10 minVery close to our château-farm you can discover with friends or family the vestiges of the mediaeval castle built atop this butte of 440 metres which dominates our valley. You will be astounded by the uninterrupted view on the lush hills of the Côte d’Or and the beautiful Morvan Regional Park. The current owners of the Château de Thil have taken to heart the preservation of this trace of the region’s past and offer pleasant visits of their property. During the summer, mediaeval entertainment brings the château to life: if you have the opportunity, don’t miss the Château de Thil’s mediaeval festival the 3rd weekend of August!
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain and the site of Alésia
33 km/38 minThe main attraction of this small town in the Côte d’Or is without doubt the museum-park of Alésia. Remembered as the place of Vercingetorix’s defeat by Caesar and symbol of the annexation of rebel Gaul to the Roman Empire, this site has long been the subject of myth and fantasy. Visiting the museum-park is a fun and interesting way of connecting with this highlight of our history. The town itself has an abundance of museums and the surrounding countryside is rich in castles of many eras. But the surroundings also encourage visits to vineyards: enotourism is a good way to discover a region… especially a wine-growing region like Burgundy. Let yourself be transported by this subtle mix of history and viticulture. Find more information at: http://www.alesia-tourisme.net/.
The medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois
23 km/25 minClassed in large part a protected historical site since 2010, the town of Semur-en-Auxois boasts a rich heritage and an historic quarter full of charm. Its houses and dovecotes, its churches and its mediaeval streets, will delight lovers of old stones looking for culture: roam the streets and discover vestiges of the Middle Ages. The month of May sees the flowering of mediaeval festivities, and summer welcomes a great festival of the arts. You can also taste regional specialties in the town’s many restaurants and food shops. More information at: http://www.ville-semur-en-auxois.fr/
Aquatic Activities and Hiking
12 km/14 min Lac de Pont at the village of Pont-et-Massène: Free access to the beach, which has all facilities as well as a nautical club which offers many activities. You can also walk the pretty 12-kilometre path around the lake.30 km/27 min Reservoir of Grosbois, at the village of Grosbois-en-Montagne: Swimming is supervised in the summer, and access to the beach with all facilities is free of charge. A footpath encircles the reservoir.42 km/30 minLac de Panthier at the village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois: Free swimming, and a sailing club for enthusiasts. More informations here : http://www.precysousthil.com/loisirs-d%C3%A9couvertes/