You need a weekend to discover the “cité d’azur à la tour d’argent maçonnée de sable”. On the first day, visit the ruins of Collégiale Saint-Lazare and take a bucolic stroll along the ramparts and fortifications. In the evening, take advantage of the romantic cobblestone streets to visit Place Saint-Lazare and its old structures and then enjoy a typical meal at your Campanile hotel-restaurant. The second day can be spent on a tour of the Clock Tower, built after the ravages of regional wars that took place on Avallon’s highest point.
Avallon, more than any city in Burgundy, lends itself to a week-long stay, as the town is packed with hidden corners and narrow alleys. A religious city, Avallon has a wide variety of ecclesiastical buildings: Eglise de Saint-Martin, which dates back to the 18th century and Abbaye Saint-Martin du Bourg. And there’s Place Saint-Julien. From there you can see the City Hall, located in a mansion dating from 1770. Like when you’re in any major city dating back to the Middle Ages, don’t miss the Halle, where a market was held that was famous in the entire region.
Avallon is perfect for a family stay. The cobblestone alleys, typical in the Middle Ages, will spark curiosity in your children and inspire them for a getaway. The city with many bridges is one not to miss: Pont-Claireau has a great view of a waterfall. Take a stroll along the banks of the Cousin, the river that crosses Avallon. The Musée du Costume will appeal to your children as will the Musee de l'Avallonnais. Make use of the time to visit Arcy-sur-Cure Caves, 20 kilometers from Avallon.