Visit Chablis (Burgundy, France)
Chablis is in the Yonne department of the northern Burgundy region, 15km south of Pontigny.
You will most likely visit Chablis to sample the wine, but the town itself also deserves an exploration - it is a pretty place with some attractive medieval houses, some with ornate door and window openings, and a few other buildings of interest to discover.
Among the highlights are the churches of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Martin - see the horseshoes left on the door by pilgrims in the olden-days. The Collegiale Church of Saint-Martin dates from the 13th century (except the belltower added in the 19th century) and is in the roman style.
Another notable building is behind the Church of Saint-Martin. Called the 'obédiencerie' it is a substantial house dating from the 15th century and in the typical Burgundy style of the period. The synagogue on Rue des Juifs dates from the same period and is a classified historic monument.
You can also see the ancient lavoir (public linen washing area) and the entrance towers of the Porte Noel.
There is a pretty stretch along the Serein River, including an attractive fortified building called the "Tour Mirau d'aval" (because it was downstream - in French en aval - of the bridge) that originally defended the eastern side of Chablis on the side of the river.
Cross the bridge and turn left to walk a little way to reach the Parc de la Liberté, then cross the bridge in the parc to reach the other half of the parc (the promenade du Patis), from where you can turn left and head back into chablis village centre.
You will of course be in the perfect place to enjoy a glass or two of the renowned local wine after you have explored Chablis - wine has been produced in Chablis since the year 854 when monks first settled here, and is now recognised worldwide as one of the best light white wines. There are also ample opportunities to buy the wine in the town.
Note: be sure to walk (the tourist office can suggest several trails) or drive around the local area to see the vines themselves - the vineyards extend around a few adjacent hamlets as well as Chablis itself.
There are several pretty villages in the region - we recommend in particular that you visit Noyers about 20 kilometres to the south-east of Chablis.
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Address: Chablis, Auxerre, Yonne, Burgundy, 89800 || GPS: latitude 47.815, longitude 3.7975
Map of Chablis & places nearby
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Chablis, France
- Abbaye de Pontigny (Pontigny) - religious monument (12km)
- Auxerre - secteur sauvegarde (17km)
- Eglise de Saint Martial (Seignelay) - religious monument (18km)
- Noyers-sur-Serein - most beautiful village (20km)
- Asquins église St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (37km)
- Jardin du prieuré - remarkable garden (38km)
- Vézelay basilica St Madeleine (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (39km)
- Vezelay - heritage site (39km)
- Jardin du moulin de Athie - remarkable garden (44km)
- Joigny - recommended detour (44km)
Market days in Chablis: Regular market(s) are held in Chablis each Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Chablis (Francais)