Autun is a natural region and is often described as a village away from the crowd. But in reality, it's nestled to the North of southern Burgundy, on the foothills of Morvan; it enjoys a preserved environment and an exceptional location in the centre of Burgundy.
There is so much to discover in Autun, so just let yourself be seduced!
Autun, backed by wooded hills, overlooking the Arroux Valley, is the main town. With 2000 years of history makes Autun a "must-see" town in Burgundy. Born from the desire of the Emperor Augustus, around 15 BC, it is located 30 km east of Mount Beuvray at strategic crossroads for transportation. It has retained from this period the Gallo-Roman remains that are still standing: The Temple known as Janus, the gates of Arroux and Saint-André, the theatre, ramparts and towers and the Pierre de Couhard... The Saint-Lazare Cathedral, erected in a Clunisian style from around 1120, was given to the bishop and the upper part of the village with its narrow streets and half timbered houses, by the Christians of the middle ages.
Stroll around the Autun countryside and its many villages largely situated on the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan.
Autun's wealth is also expressed in the landscapes that alternates between large forests on the hills and groves dedicated to free range farming. Whether you are sporty or just want to go for a walk, horseback riding or mountain biking, there are hundreds of marked trails for you to wander around.
Autun has entertainment throughout the year: The Spring Festival (chamber music) in March, the Book Festival in April in Autun, and in August in Anost, dramatised visits "The Night of the Gargoyle" in July and August , animations of "Roman days" on the ancient lives in July, a historical show "Augustodunum ®, Julius Caesar" end of July-early August, a festival "Fête de la Vielle" in Anost in August...
Autun will delight you with its historical and cultural wealth as well as its museums, its guided tours and its guided tours on the tourist train. From golf through to sailing on the Vallon lake: there are many recreational activities available to you, the invitation for relaxation and well-being is on the cards.
Autun, the ideal holiday place in Morvan and Burgundy!