The Cote d’Or, meaning ‘slopes of gold’, is a very famous region of Burgundy, France. Although the Cote d’Or is by far the best known region of Burgundy, it is only 30 miles long and 12 miles across, running from Dijon to Santenay. If you take a self catering holiday rental on the Cote d’Or, you will undoubtedly sample some of the magnificent local wines which have made Burgundy a household name around the globe. Both red and white wines are available here, and a villa on the Cote d’Or is the connoisseurs dream.
Wine and vineyard tours are hugely popular activities from any Cote d’Or accommodation, with the famous vineyards of Bonnes Mares, Chambertin, Grand Cru, Montrachet and many others offering tours.
The Gothic Abbey of Saint-l’Abbaye and the Romanesque church of Saulieu are very different sights, but both have a certain magnificence which really should be seen if you are staying in a gite on the Cote d’Or.
The steep valleys of the Cote d’Or are hugely popular with rock climbers and mountaineers, and the peaceful countryside draws walkers and hikers from all over the world to rent holiday villas here.
Dijon is an ancient city at the heart of the Cote d’Or, where the eccentricity of the architecture over the centuries has created a huge number of treasures to be explored and a range of cultural and historical sites. The restaurants in Dijon are not only famous for the serving of mustards and wines, but serve a range of delicacies from across France, so there is plenty of world class food available to stock the shelves of a self catering villa on the Cote d’Or.
Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy, and must be visited by anyone with an interest in wine staying in Cote d’Or accommodation. Even without its wine credentials, Beaune is a historic walled city boasting many excellent restaurants and historical buildings.
Summers in the Cote d’Or are hot, and the palm trees which adorn many gardens are testament to this. Summer temperatures can occasionally reach 40˚C, and many of the holiday villas have pools. Average summer temperatures are between 28 and 30˚C though.
Dijon Airport (DIJ) has become a favourite destination for low cost airlines in recent years, and as a result, there are many cheap flights to the Cote d’Or to be found, making the holiday rentals in the Cote d’Or effortlessly accessible.