In the surroundings : Chablis, Pontigny, Vezelay...
Unavoidable sites in the department
Auxerre is ideally located in the centre of Yonne department, which enables you to travel easily from an area to another. Apart from Auxerre region, four big areas cut the department:
South: Avallon region. Unavoidable step, the eternal hill of Vézelay will please you with its charming village, its beautiful basilica and the prevailing atmosphere of spiritualism. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit Avallon and its ramparts, the castle of Chastellux which guided tour is carried out by its owner, the caves of Arcy-sur-Cure which are classified among the archaeological sites of national interest… and so many sites more! More informations on Avallon and on Vezelay.
East: Tonnerre region. Land of castles, don’t miss to visit the wonderful castles from the Renaissance period: Tanlay and Ancy-le-Franc and the mysterious pentagonal castle of Maulnes. Not forgetting Tonnerre and its Dionne pit, its general hospital and the medieval village of Noyers-sur-Serein classified among the most beautiful villages in France! More information on Tonnerre and on Noyers
West: Puisaye area. In the north of burgundy, discover the Puisaye-Forterre Val d'Yonne, native land of Colette and host to Guédelon (a unique castle in the making). With numerous lakes, typical sunkun footpaths, beautiful forests it has a lot to offer. Its castles, museums and its unusual sites are a real treat for visitors. More information on www.puisaye-tourisme.fr/
North: Sens region. Make a stopover in Sens and take advantage of the opportunity to visit the wonderful cathedral and the collections of the tropical greenhouses. Villeneuve-sur-Yonne with its museums. Visit also Vallery and Fleurigny castles... More informations on www.office-de-tourisme-sens.com and on www.villeneuve-yonne-tourisme.com
Discover Chablis and its vineyards known worldwide, the abbey of Pontigny, underground quarries of Aubigny, Ratilly castle… you won’t run out of ideas to visit Yonne department! Find on the website www.tourisme-yonne.com the totality of Yonne heritage sites.