The surroundings and places of interest in the Morvan
In this part of Burgundy you will find wooded hills, quiet valleys and country roads bordered by hedges. A walking and cycling paradise.
In the immediate vicinity of our campsite are many hiking and biking routes.
Le Paroy is situated on a hill above the village of La Tagnière, about 25 km south of the historical centre of Autun.
La Tagnière is one of the crossroads of the voies celtes, 300 km of old Celtic (hiking) roads./h2>
The Celts (Gauls) have left more traces in the area, such as the fortress Bribracte on Mont Beuvray, a famous archaeological site. In the northwest, the more rugged plateau of the Morvan rises, to the southeast, the landscape widens and the pastures are replaced by vineyards./h3>
The rich Burgundian culture left its mark on the cities of Dijon and Beaune, both within an hour’s drive.
We have prepared day trips for you.
Our campsite is located in the Parc Régional du Morvan, a 243,000 hectare protected natural park. The hilly, wooded landscape is graced by numerous rivers, lakes, small farms and old villages.
For birdwatchers, our campsite and its immediate surroundings are a true paradise. Some of the birds spotted by our guests: hops (photo), nightingale, wasp thief, gray shrike, yellowhammer, red spotted woodpecker, falcon, tawny owl, harrier, european canary, etc.
Burgundy has three main wine regions: the Chablis, the Côte d’Or and the Saône Valley (Chalonnais and Mâconnais). Here you will find centuries-old vineyards and prominent wine cellars. Beaune (70 km from our campsite) and Mâcon (100 km) are famous wine towns.
You can also appreciate the architecture of Cluny’s Abbaye without being religious. And if you’re open to it, you’ll find inner strength in the Temple of the 1000 Buddhas in Le Boulay, the largest Buddhist temple in Europe, close to the campsite.
Sights of interest
The Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, the jewel of Northern Burgundy, is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling through the Morvan. The Abbey of Fontenay is a former Cistercian abbey in Burgundy, in the municipality of Montbard. The abbey is considered a good example of 12th century Cistercian architecture, where complete seclusion was possible due to its architecture and its location in a secluded and green valley. This abbey is named after the fountains that decorate its gardens.
Autun owes its name to the Roman princeps Augustus, who founded the city of Augustodunum on the site of the present Autun around the beginning of our era. He wanted to found a city in Gaul that would express the power of Rome. That is why Autun was given some impressive buildings, some of which still show the remains of many Roman buildings, including a theatre and city gates.
Against the hills of the Morvan, not far from Vézelay, the castle elevates its towers. Under Louis XIV, it was Vauban’s residence. Today, the château is the romantic setting for the Nuits musicales. This symbolic place offers 1001 possibilities. Bazoches stands for the art of living in Burgundy!
Channels of Burgundy
The canals of Burgundy were built between the 17th and 19th centuries. They competed with the railway. They now bear witness to the history of the areas they cross. For driftwood and pottery transport… The canals of Burgundy have a long history and have been excavated by man by hand. There is no need for seamen’s legs to explore this 1000 km long water network. It is unique in France.
Lakes of the Morvan
To the north of the Regional Nature Park, the large lakes invite you to actively go out and do sports on calm waters. Are you ready to relax? The lakes of the Morvan certainly do! Lake Settons, for example, offers water sports facilities for everyone. Opt for a canoe trip to the large island, where many bird species nest, and set foot on a new continent. Pedal boats, horse riding and mountain biking are other ways to enjoy the vast nature reserves with your family.
Castle of Cormatin
Located in the heart of Southern Burgundy, between Tournus and Cluny. Originally a castle, in the seventeenth century Antoine du Blé converted it completely into a castle. Since then, the Renaissance castle continues to impress people with its beautiful interior that was made in the style of Louis XIV.
Bibracte, mountain Beuvray
Bibracte, entitled ‘Site naturel remarquable‘, is a museum of Celtic civilisation and an important research centre. Numerous activities bring Gallic civilisation within the reach of the whole family. The name Bibracte means possibly double reinforced. Bibracte, founded on one of the summits of the Haut-Morvan, was the capital of the mighty tribe of Haedui.
A summer full of music
With regard to festivals, summer really begins in Chalon-sur-Saône: during 5 days in July, the city turns into a huge party area for more than 1000 street artists. Chalon dans la rue is one of the most important festivals for urban spectacles. Street theatre, dance, circus acts, performances… In just a few years, this popular – and free – party has become a highlight in the artistic world. An excellent excuse to discover Chalon and its Saint-Vincent cathedral and stroll along the banks of the river Saone or have a nice dinner in one of the many restaurants at ‘l’Ile Saint Laurent’ in the evening.
La Charité-sur-Loire is a picturesque village in the department of Nièvre that owes its name to the charity or charity of the monks. It is a medieval city on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1998. Step on the main roads to Santiago de Compostela, it continues to attract pilgrims. History begins in 1059. The Bishop of Auxerre, Hugo of Champallement, donated his land to a place called “Seyr” (along the Loire) to Hugo of Semur, Abbot of Cluny, who will build a monastery.
Le Paroy Activities
It is a wonderful area for a nice walk and enjoy the tranquility of nature.
From the campsite you can walk into the beautiful surroundings. We have set out several walks for you. The so-called Voies Celtes (Celtic roads) are beautiful walking routes through the unspoiled nature. In La Tagnière and the surrounding villages there are more than 20 routes marked out by the department. Saone et Loire. The distances vary from 4 to 20 km. Uchon, the pearl of the Morvan, a unique nature and hiking area, is 7 km from the campsite. Our hiking trails are also suitable for mountain biking.
We recommend cycling in the immediate vicinity for the experienced cyclist (VVT, road bike, electrically powered) because of the rolling landscape. From the campsite you can make many beautiful cycling trips, suitable for the cyclist (asphalt roads) and for the VVT (marked trails). In the Saone-et-Loire, the government has many beautiful bike paths, specially designed for cyclists and skaters, these are flat and run along canals (“old towpaths”) or paths where there used to be a railway line. So nice and quiet, beautiful surroundings and flat. These cycle paths are 30-50 km from the campsite. We also have a beautiful day trip in the vicinity of Beaune in combination with a nice bike ride. Bicycles can be rented in Beaune.
Fishermen get their money’s worth here. There are many lakes where you can fish for carp. There is a small lake on the campsite where you can fish for free. The fishpond is currently being renovated. It is expected that this project will be completed in 2018.
At a distance of 12 km from our campsite is a cozy, new outdoor pool, in Etang-sur-Arroux. In Thil-sur-Arroux, at a distance of 12 km, there is a lake with a well-kept shore with picnic areas and toilets.
Other outdoor sports possibilities
Mountain biking / golf (2 golf courses at 30 km) / paragliding
We have tourist information available for you. As host and hostess we will gladly provide you with all the information you need about the area.
Do you have specific questions? We will do our best to be of service to you.