Yonne places to visit and attractions

Auxerre

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With its cathedral and churches, and extensive historic centre with half-timbered houses and an imposing belltower Auxerre is a very interesting town to visit

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Avallon

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Avallon is a very pleasant town to explore with some very imposing medieval buildings, and the countryside of the Morvan Regional Park is very close by

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Chablis

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Best known for the very famous wines of the same name, Chablis is also a pleasant village to explore with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting

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Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc

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The 15th century castle at Ancy-le-Franc was one of the very first renaissance style castles to be built in France

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Chateau de Tanlay

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The frescoes and interior decoration are among the highlights of a visit to the moated Tanlay castle

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Guedelon

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At the remarkable site of Guedelon an entire medieval castle is being reconstructed using traditional techniques

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Joigny

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In the centre of the the traditional local town of Joigny you can see some medieval houses with wood-carvings and some more substantial 17th century townhouses

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Montreal

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Behind its fortified entrance, the small village of Montreal is a very unspoiled medieval village

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Noyers-sur-Serein

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The half-timbered houses and riverside setting make Noyers-sur-Serein one of our favourite small towns in this region

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Pontigny

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The abbey at Pontigny is one of the best known and substantial Cistercian abbeys in France

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Sens

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Sens is an important regional centre dominated by the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, the first gothic style cathedral built in France

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Tonnerre

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There are two impressive sites to see in Tonnerre: the medieval hospital complex, and the water source called the Fosse Dionne

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Vezelay

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Even if it didn't have one of the most famous abbeys in France, Vezelay village would attract a great deal of visitors

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For more information see the Yonne guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Yonne

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Aillant-sur-Tholon: Tuesday
Ancy-le-Franc: Thursday
Auxerre: Tuesday & Sunday & Friday
Avallon: Saturday
Bleneau: Tuesday
Chablis: Sunday
Joigny: Wednesday & Saturday
Migennes: Thursday
Pont-sur-Yonne: Wednesday & Sunday
Saint-Fargeau: Friday
Saint-Florentin: Monday
Saint-Julien-du-Sault: Sunday
Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye: Wednesday
Saint-Valerien: Saturday
Sens: Wednesday & Monday all day & Friday
Tonnerre: Saturday
Toucy: Saturday
Vermenton: Friday
Villeneuve-l'Archeveque: Saturday
Villeneuve-la-Guyard: Monday
Villeneuve-sur-Yonne: Tuesday & Friday

Selected tourist attractions in the Yonne department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

4* Towns in Bloom

Sens: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Auxerre: Tourist guide

Joigny: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Auxerre: Tourist guide

Joigny: Tourist guide

Vezelay: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Parc du château de Thorigny

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Pontigny (Pontigny)

Eglise de Saint Martial (Seignelay)

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Joigny: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Noyers-sur-Serein: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Asquins église St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Vezelay: Tourist guide

Vézelay basilica St Madeleine (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide