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Dijon, hospitality, gastronomy and wine and wines. For an extraordinary experience

Stoday it’s easy in Burgundy, in France, there are more than 600 hotels of all categories, in villages or small towns, in the heart of vineyards or mountain pastures, on the banks of rivers, or on the edge of forests. Hotels are especially plentiful, there are also excellent accommodations in country houses surrounded by nature. And then in the land of great wines there are also hotels with character next to their cellars or where the owners organize visits to their vineyards and tastings of their wines. They are comfortable hotels, often on a human scale, where the welcome is expressed in the sympathy of a smile. In the small hotels in the region often the owner and at the same time the chef who likes to offer new tasty dishes from the local gastronomy. Hospitality in Burgundy is grand and discreet. Romantic inns, small charming hotels, graceful residences surrounded by greenery ensure authentic menus and a rest immersed in calm and absolute greenery. It is a land renowned for its hospitality and even some owners of castles and historic houses open the doors of their homes to those who want to sleep a night between ancient walls and live an extraordinary experience in a refined and peaceful environment.

The Notre-Dame church in Dijon (Photo credit: Cynthia Beccari)

A stopover at the Grand Hotel la Cloche

Of course there is no lack of proposals in all categories: in the regional capital Dijon the Grand Hotel la Cloche is a five-star hotel that is part of the Accor group’s MGallery collection. In a beautiful location facing a large park and at the start of the large pedestrian zone in the city centre, with 98 well-appointed rooms, bar, restaurant overlooking the interior garden, meeting rooms, secure parking, tasting cellar, fitness room and Spa on the ground floor is the right address from which to explore the city.

The Grand Hotel La Cloche in Dijon (Photo credit Cynthia Beccari)

The Grand Hotel La Cloche in Dijon (Photo credit Cynthia Beccari)

Gastronomy and wine and famous wines

The capital of Burgundy today owes its fame to its food and wine industry and its famous wines. The city however had a glorious past with the dukes of Burgundy with picturesque names: Philippe le Hardi who married Marguerite of Flanders to strengthen the ties between the two countries, Giovanni Senza Peur, Philippe le Bon and Charles le Hardi, these princes were real rich and powerful sovereigns and left an indelible mark on the city, making it shine with a cultural and artistic life unequaled at that time. Dijon was therefore a real capital for centuries thanks also to its position at the crossroads of major roads. All its treasures are confined within the limits of the old walls built in the middle of the 12th century, which have now disappeared as in many cities in France to make way for the wide avenues which surround it, axes of urban traffic.

Discover the city

The large central pedestrian area to be walked slowly several times allows the pleasure of sipping all the merits of the ancient city. In the center stands the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy: there are countless traces of their great adventures, even if only a few signs of their immense construction remain: the tower of Bar, the old kitchens, a well-kept garden, the chapter hall, but above all the performance hall with the rich tombs of Filippo l’Ardito and Giovanni Senza Paura decorated by the prodigious procession of tears due to the chisel of a Flemish artist.

For art lovers

The interesting Museum of Fine Arts of the city, also installed in a wing of the Palace, testifies to the patronage of the dukes: it is rich in paintings ranging from the Flemish primitives to the modern works of the Impressionists, as well as many sculptures. Even the city’s churches are a find for art lovers: San Benigno cathedral with its crypt adorned with 11th century capitals, the lovely Notre-Dame whose facade of Gothic arcades shelters an army of gargoyles with an elegant nave and the bell tower surmounted by an antique clock.

Saint-Bénigne Cathedral in Dijon (Photo credit Cynthia Beccari)

Saint-Bénigne Cathedral in Dijon (Photo credit Cynthia Beccari)

The specialties of the city

Strolling through the center, you should admire the mansions, private palaces of notables, wealthy merchants, politicians and courtiers, built from the 13th to the 18th century in the district of the courthouse and the prefecture. , but without neglecting the wine bars. and gastronomy shops that offer the three great specialties of the city: Dijon mustard, sweet spice pan and crème de cassis, a blackcurrant-based liqueur. The traditional recipe for France’s most famous aperitif, the Kir, is from Burgundy: you need a third of blackcurrant liqueur from Dijon and two thirds of Aligoté, a dry white wine from the Hautes Costes of Burgundy.

The sweet gingerbread is one of Dijon's specialties (Credit Photo Cynthia Beccari)

The sweet gingerbread is one of Dijon’s specialties (Credit Photo Cynthia Beccari)

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