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Pontigny tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Chablis at 12 km from Pontigny

Visit Pontigny: highlights and tourist information

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Pontigny is situated in the Yonne department and Burgundy-Franche-Comté region.

Attractions in Pontigny

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Chablis at 12 km and Auxerre at 16 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Pontigny, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Pontigny in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 12 km (direction south-east)

Best known for the very famous wines of the same name, Chablis...

See Chablis guide


at 16 km (direction south-west)

With its cathedral and churches, and extensive historic centre with half-timbered houses...

See Auxerre guide


at 20 km (direction east)

There are two impressive sites to see in Tonnerre: the medieval hospital...

See Tonnerre guide


at 25 km (direction west-north-west)

In the centre of the the traditional local town of Joigny you...

See Joigny guide
Chateau de Tanlay

Chateau de Tanlay

Castle at 29 km (direction east)

The frescoes and interior decoration are among the highlights of a visit...

See Chateau de Tanlay guide


Most Beautiful Village at 31 km (direction south-east)

The half-timbered houses and riverside setting make Noyers-sur-Serein one of our favourite...

See Noyers-sur-Serein guide
Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc

Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc

Castle at 37 km (direction east-south-east)

The 15th century castle at Ancy-le-Franc was one of the very first...

See Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc guide


at 47 km (direction south-east)

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

See Montreal guide


at 49 km (direction south-south-east)

Avallon is a very pleasant town to explore with some very imposing...

See Avallon guide
Vézelay basilica

Vézelay basilica

Church at 49 km (direction south)

The basilica in Vézelay is a monumental example of roman style architecture,...

See Vézelay basilica guide


Heritage Site at 49 km (direction south)

Even if it didn't have one of the most famous abbeys in...

See Vezelay guide


at 49 km (direction north-west)

Sens is an important regional centre dominated by the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne,...

See Sens guide


at 52 km (direction north-east), in the Aube department

As well as one of the most impressive medieval quarters in France,...

See Troyes guide


at 52 km (direction south-south-west), in the Nievre department

The Collegiale Saint-Martin is the principal monument here in the historic centre...

See Clamecy guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Yonne

Map of places to visit near Pontigny


Markets in and near Pontigny

  • Saint-Florentin: market Monday (11km)
  • Chablis: market Sunday (12km)
  • Auxerre: market Tuesday & Sunday & Friday (16km)
  • Migennes: market Thursday (16km)
  • Tonnerre: market Saturday (20km)
  • Ervy-le-Chatel: market Friday (21km)
  • Joigny: market Wednesday & Saturday (25km)
  • Vermenton: market Friday (27km)
  • Aillant-sur-Tholon: market Tuesday (27km)
  • Saint-Julien-du-Sault: market Sunday (34km)

Hotels near Pontigny

More information about Pontigny, Burgundy

Tourist attractions near Pontigny, France

What to do at Pontigny? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Pontigny.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Pontigny (Pontigny) (0km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martial (Seignelay) (8km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du prieuré (39km)
  • Parc du château de Thorigny (49km)
  • Jardin du moulin de Athie (55km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Pontigny is in the eastern-center of France at 16 kilometres from Auxerre, the department capital (general information: Pontigny is 146 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Pontigny

Canton: Ligny-le-Châtel

Arrondissement: Auxerre

Department: Yonne

Region: Burgundy

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 89230

Distance to Pontigny

from Auxerre (prefecture): 16 km

from Paris: 146 km

from Calais: 364 km

from Nice: 543 km

from Bordeaux: 474 km

from Strasbourg: 308 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Paris orly or Charles de Gaulle airports and rent a car or drive from a channel ferry port - allow about 5 - 6 hours driving time. For driving distances to Pontigny from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Hery, Lignorelles, Ligny-le-Chatel, Maligny, Montigny-la-Resle, Rouvray, Varennes, Venouse, Villeneuve-Saint-Salves and Villy.

This page in French: Visiter Pontigny

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