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Holidays in Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Burgundy may be the centre of France's wine-producing industry, but at its heart is Cote d'Or. Stretching throughout Burgundy, from Dijon to Beaune, the Cote d'Or combines the best of the region - fine wines, sunny vineyards and most importantly, sunshine.

Even the area's name Cote d'Or, means "Golden Hillside" which creates an image in any visitor's mind of vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see with the sun providing the perfect excuse to try the region's fine wines.

Unsurprisingly, wine tasting in the region's countryside is a popular pastime with tourists and to make sure you discover the best wine producers, it's best to let the locals guide you. In fact, there are even guided tours that will take you to the region's best wine tasting venues.

It is this laid back lifestyle that has led to the Cote d'Or being dubbed the "Champs-Elysees" of Burgundy, but it's not just the wine that is the attraction. It is also the food.

Local culinary dishes include "Oeufs en meurette" (eggs poached in red wine), Burgundy snails, parsleyed ham and gingerbread - all of which complete the region's wines.

Of course, it's not just about food in Burgundy...

The historical Cote d'Or

With more than 200 historical sites, ranging from castles to churches to abbeys, Cote d'Or has a lot to offer any visitor.

One of its main attractions is the Chateau d'Epoisses, a castle situated at the centre of a double ring of fortifications, including moats and towers. It is also surrounded by 15th century homes and is decorated with wonderful antique furniture and oil paintings.

There is also the Abbey Fontenay, which is one of France's most treasured medieval architectural sites. Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the is a prime example of Cistercian architecture from the early 12th century. The abbey is so popular and has approximately 100,000 visitors per year.

Due to the region's vast history, there are a vast number of museums on subjects as broad as World War I and its impact on the area, gourmet cuisines and local agriculture and even a planetarium.

However Burgundy also has some wonderful festivals and sights during the year including music fetes, historical anniversaries and celebrations of local tradition.

As such, whether you are visiting Burgundy for the food and wine, or for the local sights and sounds, there is plenty to do in the area.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Gites in Cote d'Or and Villas in France which can be rented direct from their owners.
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