Yonne is one of the four French departments which make up the Burgundy region of France. It is a stunning rural region of rivers, forests and undulating hills where you can be as peaceful or as adrenaline fuelled as you wish. Producing fine wines and refreshing ciders, Yonne holiday rental villas attract wine connoisseurs from around the world, but a refreshing glass of Yonne wine or cider never tastes as good as it does when you find an idyllic viewpoint half way up a gruelling walk through the beautiful Yonne countryside.
The extensive canal networks which cross the department like a maze are a huge asset for tourism in the department. Exploring Yonne from the back of a canal boat is a wonderful way to see the department, and those lucky enough to be staying in Yonne accommodation near a river or canal can spend countless hours pottering up and down in a canoe or kayak, fishing or cycling along the path ways, exploring the surrounding area from a unique viewpoint.
The forested hills and undulating countryside is the perfect location for walking holidays, especially when you have the opportunity to stop at a viewpoint, open a bottle of local wine and relax with your picnic lunch before heading on into the hills.
As a department of Burgundy, self catering Yonne holiday rentals are often used as a magnificent base for wine tasting holidays. There are a huge number of vineyards in Yonne, including some of the world’s finest. Many wineries are open for tours and sampling sessions, and the Yonne tourist information office has information on which are open and how to contact them.
Chablis is the most famous wine producing village in world. It is a wonderfully sleepy place to stay, and services are closed for the majority of the week, but there are some remarkable cellars to tour, making Chablis an essential place to visit for anyone with an interest in wine.
The village of Vezelay has gained global notoriety due to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey of Vezelay, which has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The reason the Abbey is held in such high regard is due to the dramatic splendour of the building, and it is also meant to contain the remains of Mary Magdalene.
During the summer, temperatures in the day routinely reach 30˚C, and there is little rain from May until October. Winters are relatively cold, although temperatures tend to remain above 5˚C.
Reaching your Yonne accommodation takes just an hour from Paris, meaning you could be relaxing in a self catering Yonne villa within just a couple of hours of leaving home. Paris Charles de Gaul (CDG) and Paris d’Orly (ORY) both receive many cheap flights from the UK, or you could drive from Calais to a Yonne property in just a couple of hours.