Located in the heart of France, Burgundy has long since been a capital of wealth, prosperity, and independence in Europe. For hundreds of years the powerful Dukes of Burgundy retained control of the region and actually gained control over a large portion of Western Europe. This wealth can still be felt in the beautiful cities and landscapes in the region, with spectacular churches, well kept Roman ruins, and authentic cities. Burgundy features the same cycling development and infrastructure found elsewhere in the country, with dedicated cycling pathways that take you from city to city, and site to site.

Wine, food, and decadence is a common theme in Burgundy and most cyclists find themselves on a bit of a gastronomical roll through the various towns and wineries. The flagship cycling route is the Canal de Bourgogne which spans 212 km (132 mi) of rolling French countryside, through which it will take you to some of the country's best wineries before ending in the fantastic and beautiful Dijon. The provincial capital of Dijon was once the capital of the vast Burgundy empire that stretched far into western Europe, and is now a capital of art, education, and, of course, food. The city is perfect for cycling as its council has pushed hard to keep vehicle traffic out of the city centre, leaving it wide open for cyclists.

Most of the major rivers and canalways are flanked by cycling paths, including the Loire in the west of the province and the Saone in the east; this makes for easy navigating as you know you’ll almost always be following a body of water. For those looking for a little more adventure and a tougher ride, heading into the Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan will provide you with some welcome challenge.

Burgundy is home to internationally recognised Pinot Noir reds and Chardonnay whites and the best known of these come from the narrow Côte d’Or which runs southwest from Dijon to Santenay. Bring your best wine glasses and prepare to lay back and indulge in Burgundy.

Best Seasons:May - Sep
Popular Locations:Canal de Bourgogne, Dijon, Côte d’Or, Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan