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A diverse landscape

Nièvre is a peaceful and tranquil department with a diverse range of landscapes making it a paradise for hikers and those with a love of the outdoors. There are three distinct regions. The east contains part of the Morvan mountain range, considered one of France's most picturesque areas, the centre and north of the department is largely made up of limestone plateaux and the south-westerly portion contains expansive plains around the Loire and Allier river valleys.

Surprisingly calm

Nevers, the capital of the department, is an intriguing town that has been surprisingly overlooked by the main tourist routes. If you do want to do some sightseeing simply follow the two blue trails on the pavement that will lead you to and from the town's most remarkable sights. There are two buildings that dominate the skyline and serve as the main focal point for visitors. One is the Cathedral of St-Cyr and St-Juliette, final resting place of St-Bernadette and the other is the magnificent Palais Ducal, a largely 16th Century building constructed alongside mediaeval towers.

"Small town, great fame"

On the opposite side of the department you'll find Chateau-Chinon, a town that takes great pride in its own identity and its military prowess throughout history, hence the nickname "Petite ville, grand renom". It is a fortress town located on top of a hill giving it great views out to the Morvan Mountains and the Nivernais plains. Those with a penchant for politics will like the Musée du Septennat (seven years was once the term time for a French President). Inside there is an extensive collection of Presidential memorabilia, particularly focusing on Mitterrand who was once the town's mayor.

Hillside town

Moving north, Clamecy is a pretty town situated on a hillside overlooking the River Yonne. It rose to elegance in the 16th Century thanks to its booming logging industry. The result is an opulent town centre with pleasant architecture looming over the narrow streets that descend the slope. The 13th Century church, La Collegiale St Martin has impressive stained glass windows and spooky gargoyles adorning both the bell tower and the inside.

How to get there

The nearest airports with direct flights to/from the UK are Tours, Lyon and Paris. You can get to Dijon in the neighbouring department from London by train in just six hours thanks to the Channel Tunnel and TGV service. If you're arriving by ferry then the best ports to travel to would be Calais, Dieppe or Dunkirk. Burgundy has a very good, efficient road network, with both fast toll roads and also free main roads which take a little longer but offer a better chance to enjoy the passing scenery and towns.

Nièvre property prices

The property in the Nièvre department is more affordable than the wine producing region to the east, although is still not drawing in a large number of international buyers. It's relaxing atmosphere and fine cuisine makes it a recommended destination for retirees.

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Nièvre AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Nièvre?

Nièvre is located in the south west of the Burgundy region of France.

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IN THE REGION OF BURGUNDY

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IN RELATION TO THE REST OF BURGUNDY

GUIDES TO THE TOWNS/CITIES IN Nièvre

Château Chinon Guide

Clamecy Guide

Corbigny Guide

Decize Guide

La Charité sur Loire Guide

Moux en Morvan Guide

Nevers Guide

Pouilly sur Loire Guide

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