While we all heard about the French coast line Côte d’Azur, with its beautiful beaches and summer resorts, not so many know about Côte d’Or, or French Golden Coast. After exploring some of the French cities, like Toulouse, Lyon, Grenoble, or even the castles on Loire Valley, today I propose you an Autumn destination: visit Dijon, the capital of Burgundy region.
Located in the eastern France, the name of this department came from the golden vine fields during Autumn. This region makes some of the world known wines, and dishes with wine based sauce are equally delicious.
So here are some of my favourite reasons to visit Dijon!
Why you should visit Dijon?
For the taste of Dijon
Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, a picturesque historic town, also known for its culinary treats.
Nonnette, hazelnuts chocolate cream filled pain d’épice
Dijon mustard, that comes in all unthinkable flavours, such as rose, hazelnuts, basil, or even wassabi.
Boeuf bourguignon, a stew also known as beef Burgundy, where a tender beef is bathed in the juice of Gods, the Burgundy wine.
For the free museums
For the nature
The natural park of Lake Kir in Dijon offers an informative spectacle on the local fauna. Strolling down the lakeside, you will find numerous panels of the animals and birds living here.
Must see attractions when you visit Dijon
The city proposes a self guided tour in the historic town, simply by following around the little owl, the emblem of Dijon. If you want to read about the buildings and monuments, you can purchase the guide of the owl at the Tourist Office.
The tour includes hot spots like Notre Dame Square (that’s where the Tourist Office also is) with the imposing cathedral and its gargoyles, Liberation Square with the Palace of Dukes and Fine Arts Museum, François Rude Square with the statue of an adult Manneken Pis.
The highlight of our visit was nonetheless, climbing the 316 steps of Philippe le Bon tower at Palace of the Dukes. The view from the tower offers a breathtaking view on Dijon (see presentation photo). You have to schedule your visit at the Tourist Office, depending on available places, because it’s a guided, payed tour (adult 3€, student 1.50€).
It’s totally worth it to visit Dijon for the weekend, but if you want to spend more than a couple of days, you’ll want to visit the whole region, explore the Golden Coast and discover some wine cellars. The choice is yours!