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City of wine and history

The town of Beaune, which lies in the east of France, is a town whose name is synonymous with the very finest of the burgundy wines. Historic and beautiful, the ancient city is a magnet for tourists, yet it still manages to retain its refined and cultured air. Beaune is surrounded by some of the greatest and most famous vineyards of France. The landscape, with its serried ranks of vines stretching as far as the eye can see, is simply stunning.

Historic centre

The old city of Beaune is surrounded by ancient ramparts and a stream, both of which add greatly to the historic charm of the place. The real glory, however, is within the ramparts, in the very heart of the old part of town. Here you can find the old hospice buildings, with their amazing timber arches, richly coloured patterned roofs and intricate decorations. The buildings are open to the public, with guided tours available. A highly influential wine auction is held here each year during the Trois Glorieueses Festival, and the prices fetched by the wines at this auction have a strong bearing on the prices set for the rest of the season. If you get a chance to attend this, don't miss it... it is more than an education!

Shopping and modern life...

The city has plenty to offer in terms of modern necessities, with a lively commercial life and all amenities to hand. Shopping is good too, with the modern town providing for everyday items such as groceries and clothes and the old quarter supplying interesting and charming places to seek out gifts and treats.

Wining and dining

Beaune is the essential stopover for anyone who wishes to experience the great Burgundy wines... and the great Burgundy gastronomy. The two are intertwined, and Beaune is the town at the heart of the two. There are some truly top class restaurants, and once and for all they really disprove the theory that bigger is better... because many of the best restaurants of Beaune are so tiny that you need to be told how to find them! Once you have found them, however, you won't forget, and you will want to return over and over again to enjoy the finest food and wine in France.

Out and about

Beaune, being the wine capital of Burgundy, offers unrivalled opportunities to get out and discover the great wine estates. Trips and tastings are on offer everywhere, and every aspect of the wine trade is laid out before you. From watching the work in the vineyards to learning the harvesting and maturing processes. Then, of course, there are the tastings and the eventual purchase of your choice. Beaune is, undeniably, all about wine, but there are other things to do if wine is not your sole "raison d'être".

For the active

Levernois, a pretty village close by, has a superb 18-hole and 9-hole golf course, with a driving range at your disposal. There are also some excellent riding stables around with lovely trekking through the vineyards. All the usual sports are on hand too, with tennis, swimming, cycling and walking universally popular.

How to get there

The only drawback of the area is that there isn't really an airport close at hand. To fly you will need to take a flight to Paris, Lyon, St Etienne or perhaps Geneva. Paris is served by too many airlines to mention; Lyon by Air France, bmibaby, British Airways, easyJet and bmi; St Etienne by Ryanair; and Geneva by British Airways, easyJet, flybe, Jet2 and Aer Lingus. Driving is a good option, the roads are excellent and you can see all the great wine estates taking over the landscapes as you get close to Beaune. You can access the town from the N74 road. Finally, rail travel is a great choice for accessing Beaune from the UK. The town lies on the super efficient TGV network, and the station has a TGV stop scheduled which enables you to make the entire journey from the UK by rail.

Property prices and availability in and around Beaune

Property in Beaune can be expensive, as it is a very desirable place to live. Prices are pushed up by both foreign and French buyers, attracted by the prestige of the town and by the wine trade. There is an exceptionally high quality of life in Beaune, and many Parisians like to own second homes here to escape the stresses of city life. Once purchased, however, property in and around Beaune holds its value well, and also has a good potential for a rental income should the owner so wish. The countryside outside the town offers the best opportunities to purchase inexpensive property, and attentive property seekers can still find desirable property for renovation if they are prepared to look a little outside the main towns in the area.

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Beaune AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Beaune?

Beaune is located in the east of central France. It lies in the south of the Côte-d'Or department, close to this department's border with Saône-et-Loire.

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IN THE REGION OF BURGUNDY

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CÔTE-D'OR

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Population: 22,916


Access: By air: Fly to Paris, to Lyon, St Etienne or to Geneva. You will then need to take a train or car to reach the town. By rail: Beaune has TGV station so rail travel is an excellent choice. By road: Beaune is located off the N74.


Economy: The economy is based around fine wines and tourism.


Interesting fact: The old city of Beaune is surrounded not just by ramparts and a stream, but also by a one way boulevard which goes by no less than seven different names!

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