Head to Eastern France and you won’t be disappointed. Discover the rich history of Strasbourg or the gastronomic specialities of Besancon. Dijon is the perfect city break and the beautiful countryside of Nevers is a must.
As the capital of the Alsace region close to the border with Germany, Strasbourg is a blend of cultures. Strasbourg’s long and rich history is right at its heart – the historic Grande Île (Grand Island) was the first city centre in France to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Magnificent art collections and architectural heritage, and rich gastronomic tradition make Strasbourg a perfect place to visit.
Nestled in an oxbow of the Doubs River at the foot of the Jura Mountains, Besancon lies close to the Swiss border. And it happily combines a beautiful historical centre with an abundance of greenery (including 120km of hiking trails) and a thriving urban life. Famous for its watchmaking industry, this is a city you’ll want to take your time to enjoy. And be sure to sample the gastronomic specialities too – Jura wines, salted meats and the renowned cheeses. Yum.
Dijon is a beautiful location for a city break. Check out the town’s wealth of churches and cathedrals, including the magnificent Notre-Dame de Dijon. Check out the Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Ducal Palace. Or take a stroll through the unspoilt city centre, with its charming 18th-century houses. Don’t forget to visit the surrounding Burgundy vineyards. For an unforgettable tour, take the Vineyard Excursion in the Cotes de Nuits.
By the banks of the rivers Loire and Nievre lies the city of Nevers. It’s an ideal stop-off if you’re touring the Burgundy region. The old town with its medieval cathedral St Cyr et St Juliette and Church of St. Etienne was made for strolling. Buzzing bars and restaurants will keep you busy in the evening, while the lovely surrounding countryside and Réserve Naturelle du Val de Loire nature reserve are heaven for keen hikers and ramblers.