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Clamecy - a town with an industrial history

Clamecy, a town that lies in the eastern central region of Burgundy, has a turbulent history and a past built on the logging industry. Its position on the banks of the River Yonne, made it an important location for the transportation of logs from the forests in the hills above the town. These were floated down the river to Clamecy where they were turned into huge rafts that were then sailed to Paris. The economic life of Clamecy turned on the logging industry, but contact with the Parisian workers led to dissatisfaction and there were violent uprisings in the town.

Clamecy still has charm

Despite this rather industrial history (and indeed, industry is important to Clamecy today) the town is attractive and popular with property seekers. The old quarters of town offer all the charm of days gone by, with quaint streets, half-timbered houses and beautiful mediaeval buildings.

What to see in Clamecy

When discovering Clamecy you will first be struck by the lovely atmosphere that emanates from the river, with its plethora of happy holiday makers sailing up and down and mooring up to explore this interesting spot. If you enjoy boating, Clamecy is indeed a paradise, and a day trip or two from here is a wonderful way to discover the area.

Clamecy's museum and church

Things to see include the logging museum, which is far more interesting than you might expect, and gives a real insight not just into the town's history, but also into the way it has developed into the lively place it is today. There is also a very beautiful church perched on top of the hill above the town, so if you enjoy such sights this one is allegedly definitely worth a look. It has some gorgeous stained glass work, and a collection of truly startling gargoyles.

Shopping and dining

Clamecy isn't short of a few good shops and restaurants. There are supermarkets, as well as small and interesting little shops, and of course, the ubiquitous and delightful boulangeries, boucheries, charcuteries and fromageries. Oh… and just in case you enjoy a glass or two, a superb wine cave... this is Burgundy after all! And if you want to unwind and enjoy a good meal out, you are certainly in the right place. The region is known for its fantastic gastronomy, and Clamecy has plenty of excellent eateries where you can put this reputation to the test, whether you fancy a simple pizza or something more traditional.

Out and about

Apart from exploring the canal, there are plenty of interesting places to visit near Clamecy, and lots of activities to enjoy within easy reach of the town. The area is great for cycling, especially if you like to take it easy, as the canal and riverside paths are beautifully scenic... and flat! Walkers too, flock to the town to enjoy the beautiful unspoiled countryside. There are opportunities to play tennis or petanque, and to go swimming or fishing as well, meaning that all the family should be happily occupied. Further exploration of the area will lead you to the departmental capital city of Nevers, and to the great vineyards and wine producing estates of Burgundy.

How to get there

To reach Clamecy you may choose to fly to Paris, which is within a reasonable driving distance, or to Lyon in the south. Paris Charles de Gaulle is served by Air France, bmi, bmibaby, flybe, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Thomsonfly and Aer Lingus; Paris Orly is served by Air France; Paris Beauvais by Ryanair; and finally Lyon which is served by Air France, British Airways, easyJet and bmi. The train is a good alternative, as there is a station at Clamecy making this type of travel easy. The TGV runs from Paris to Nevers. If driving, you will find Clamecy from the A77 auto route.

Property prices and availability in and around Clamecy

Clamecy is less known to foreign property buyers than many places in France, so if you are seeking a place in a beautiful old town with glorious surroundings, it may be worth taking a look at this town on the banks of the Yonne. There are a good number of fine character properties on the market in or close to the town, and these could make an excellent investment opportunity as the popularity of the region continues to grow.

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WHERE IS Clamecy?

Clamecy is located in eastern central France. It lies at the very north of the Nièvre department, close to the border with the Yonne department.

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Population: 4,800

Access: By air: Fly to Lyon or Paris with a choice of airlines and departure points. By rail: The TGV runs from Paris to Nevers, in the south of the Nièvre department. From there you can continue on by local train to Clamecy.

Economy: The economy was traditionally based around the timber industry. Saw mills still feature, and also you will find industrial activity such as flour mills, tanneries, shoe manufacturing and commerce in wine, wood and cattle.

Interesting fact: The logging trade, and its consequent contacts with Parisian workers, led to a series of uprisings in the town. This turbulent history, and information about the logging trade that was so important to Clamecy, can be discovered in the town's museum.

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