Yonne places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Yonne department of Burgundy. See also our Yonne travel guide


photo of Auxerre

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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photo of Avallon

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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photo of Chablis

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

photo of Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc

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

photo of Chateau de Tanlay

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

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photo of Guedelon

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

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photo of Joigny

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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photo of Montreal

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

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photo of Noyers-sur-Serein

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

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photo of Pontigny

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

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photo of Sens

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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photo of Tonnerre

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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photo of Vezelay

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

Tourist attractions to visit in Yonne

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