The surroundings and sights in the Morvan
In this part of Burgundy you will find wooded hills, steep valleys and hilly country roads. A hiking and cycling paradise.
Many hiking and cycling routes are to be found in the immediate vicinity of our campsite.
Le Paroy is set on a hill above the village of La Tagnière, about 25 km south of the Autun Historical Center.
La Tagnière is one of the crossroads of the voys celtes, 300 km of ancient Celtic (walking) roads.
The Celts (Gauls) left more traces in the area, such as the Bribracte fortress at Mont Beuvray, a famous archaeological site. In the northwest, the somewhat rugged plateau of the Morvan rises. To the south-east, the landscape becomes more widespread and the meadows make way for vineyards.
The rich Burgundian culture has put her mark on the towns of Dijon and Beaune, both of which are within one hours drive.
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Our campsite is located in the Parc Régional du Morvan, a 243,000 hectare protected natural park. The hilly, wooded landscape is dotted with numerous rivers, lakes, small farms and ancient villages.
For bird lovers, our camping and the surrounding area are a true paradise.
An example of the birds spotted by our guests: hops (photo), night owl, wasp, gray clover, yellow porpoise, red spotted woodpecker, tree falcon, forest owl, scary dive, european canary etc.
Burgundy has three important wine areas: the Chablis, the Côte d’Or and the Saône Valley (Chalonnais and Mâconnais). Here you will find ancient vineyards and distinguished wine cellars. Beaune (70 km from our campsite) and Mâcon (at 100 km) are well-known wine towns.
The architecture of the Abbaye of Cluny can be appreciated without being religious. And for those of you seeking Buddhist spirituality, you can visit the temple of the 1000 Buddhas in Le Boulay, the largest Buddhist temple in Europe.
Fontenay’s cistercian abbey is a jewel of Northern Burgundy, a must-see when you go through the Morvan. Today it is known as France’s oldest monastery. 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 through the architecture and its location in a remote and green valley. This abbey is named after the fountains that decorate her gardens.
Autun thanks his name to the Roman Princeps Augustus, which founded the city of Augustodunum around the beginning of our era at the site of the current Autun. He wanted to establish a city in Gaul that would express Rome’s power. Therefore, Autun received some impressive buildings; Some of them still have the remains of many Roman structures, including a theater and city gates.
Against the Morvan hills, not far from Vezelay, the castle elevates its towers. Under Louis XIV, it was the home of Vauban. Now the château forms the romantic decor of the Nuits musicales. This symbolic place offers 1001 possibilities. Bazoches stands for the art of vivre in Burgundy!
Burgundy channels were built between the 17th and 19th centuries. They competed with the track. Now they testify to the history of the areas they cross. For driftwood and transport of earthenware … Burgundy channels have a long history and are manually excavated by man. Seabed legs are not required to explore this 1000 km long water network. It is unique in France.
Lakes of the Morvan
North of the Regional Nature Park, we find the lakes of the Morvan. Are you looking for peace and relaxation? Try the Morvan lakes! Lake Settons, for example, offers water sports opportunities for everyone. Choose a canoe trip to the big island, where many bird species nest and set ashore on a new continent. Pedalo, horse riding and mountain biking are other ways to enjoy this area.
Castle of Cormatin
Located in the heart of southern Burgundy, between Tournus and Cluny. Originally, it was a stronghold, but in the seventeenth century Antoine du Blé built it into a castle. Since then, the Renaissance castle has impressed people with the beautiful interior made in Louis XIV’s style.
Bibracte, mountain Beuvray
Bibracte, entitled ‘Site Natural Remarquable’, is a museum of Celtic civilization and an important research center.
A summer full of music
With regard to the festivals, the summer begins in Chalon-sur-Saône: during 5 days in July the city changes into a huge festival area for more than 1000 street performers. Chalon dans la rue is one of the most important festivals for urban spectacles. Street theater, dance, circus acts, performances … In a few years this popular and free party has become a highlight in the artistic world. An excellent excuse to discover Chalon and his Saint-Vincent cathedral and flank along the banks of the Saone River or have a good evening of dining in one of the many l’Ile Saint Laurent restaurants.nt Laurent’.
La Charité-sur-Loire is een pittoresk dorpje in het departement Nièvre dat haar naam te danken heeft aan de liefdadigheid of charité van de monniken. Het is een middeleeuwse stad op de Werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO sinds 1998. Stap op de grote wegen naar Santiago de Compostela, het blijft trekken pelgrims. De geschiedenis begint in 1059. De bisschop van Auxerre, Hugo van Champallement, schonk zijn land op een plaats genaamd “Seyr” (langs de Loire) naar Hugo van Semur, abt van Cluny, die een klooster te bouwen.
Le Paroy Activities
It is a wonderful area for a nice walk and to 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 hiking trails through untouched nature. More than 20 routes have been set out by the department in La Tagnière and the surrounding villages. Saone et Loire. The distances vary from 4 to 20 km. At 7 km from the campsite is Uchon, the pearl of the Morvan, a unique nature and hiking area. Our hiking trails are also suitable for cycling with a mountain bike.
Cycling in the immediate vicinity we recommend for the experienced cyclist (VVT, road bike, electrically driven) because of the rolling landscape. From the campsite you can make many beautiful bike rides. The bike tours are suitable for the cyclist (asphalt roads) and for the VVT (marked marked trails). In the Saone-et-Loire the government has created many beautiful cycle paths, which are specially designed for cyclists and skaters, these are flat and run along canals (“old towpaths”) or on 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 surroundings of Beaune in combination with a nice bike ride. Bicycles can be rented in Beaune.
Fishermen are in their element here. There are many lakes where you can fish especially on carp. On the campsite there is a lake where you can fish for free. The fishpond is being renovated at the moment. It is expected that this project will be ready from 2018 onwards.
At 12 km from our campsite is a cozy, new outdoor pool, in Etang-sur-Arroux. At a distance of 30 km there are 3 indoor and outdoor pools, with long slides and so on. In Thil-sur-Arroux, 12 km away, there is a small lake with a beautifully manicured bank with picnic areas and toilets.
Other outdoor options
Mountain biking / golf (2 golf courses at 30 km) / hang gliding
We have tourist information available for you. As host and hostess we provide you with all the desired information about the area.
Do you have specific questions? We will do our best to serve you.