Guide to Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
The Bourgogne Franche Comté region consists of both former regions merged into a very large region in the east side of the country, not too far from the capital of Paris
, and the mountains.
Nestled in the eastern embrace of France, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region unfolds like a captivating tapestry woven from history, nature, and human endeavour. This vast territory, resulting from the fusion of Burgundy and Franche-Comté in 2016, stretches across fertile plains, rolling hills, and rugged mountains, offering a rich feast for the senses and a glimpse into the heart of French culture.
When you step into Burgundy
, you enter a realm steeped in tradition. The vineyards cover the landscape, whispering tales of ancient viticulture and world-renowned wines. Here, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes reach their ultimate expression, yielding iconic appellations like Chablis, Nuits-Saint-Georges, and Meursault. Wander through charming villages such as Beaune, with its medieval heart and prestigious Hospices de Beaune, or explore the opulent Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in Dijon, a testament to the region's illustrious past.
Beyond the vine-kissed hills, history unfolds in majestic abbeys like Fontenay and Vézelay, each whispering stories of faith and pilgrimage. You can delve deeper into the region's soul at the Château de Sully, a formidable fortress that once housed Anne Boleyn, or retrace the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Domrémy-la-Pucelle, her childhood village.
As you cross the threshold into Franche-Comté, you'll find yourself in a different world, where lush valleys, dense forests, and the Jura Mountains create a postcard-perfect setting perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. You can hike through the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura, kayak on the Lac de Saint-Point, or ski down the slopes of the Métabief resort.
But Franche-Comté is not just a pretty face. Its industrial heritage is also a big part of its identity. Cities like Belfort, home to the iconic Peugeot car factory, and Besançon, where timepieces crafted with meticulous precision have echoed for centuries, pulsate with the energy of modern industry. You can explore the fascinating Musées des Beaux-Arts in Besançon or delve into the history of watchmaking at the Musée International de l'Horlogerie.
Indulge in escargots à la Bourguignonne
, plump snails cooked in garlic butter. The region's cheeses, like Époisses
, offer bold flavours that pair perfectly with local wines, usually red.
Explore the culinary delights of Franche-Comté
, and you'll discover many unique classic dishes. Treat your taste buds to Saucisse de Morteau
, a smoked sausage with a distinctive smoky-garlicky kick. Try the speciality Poulet au Vin Jaune
, a chicken dish made with the region's renowned vin jaune, a complex white wine aged for years. And, be sure to taste the iconic Comté cheese, produced using traditional methods for centuries.
Although the attractions above are fascinating, the region invites you to venture beyond popular routes. You can explore the medieval town of Salins-les-Bains, famous for its salt production and thermal baths. Alternatively, you can meander through the picturesque villages of the Route des Vins du Jura
, each showcasing unique architectural styles and local charm.
The beauty of Bourgogne Franche-Comté lies in its year-round allure. Spring paints the vineyards in vibrant greens, summer invites outdoor adventures, autumn ignites the landscape with fiery colours, and winter transforms the region into a snow-laden wonderland. Each season offers its unique charm, ensuring your visit will be etched in your memory long after you depart.
So, whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, a gastronome, or simply seeking a captivating escape, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region awaits with open arms. Come, unravel its tapestry of experiences, and discover the magic that lies within.
Bourgogne Franche Comté is composed of Cote d'Or, Doubs, Jura, Nièvre, Saône et Loire
, Haute Saône, Territoire de Belfort and Yonne. Click on the links below to learn about each department and see all our properties for sale in Burgundy Franche Comté