Without a doubt, Semur-en-Auxois is the most picturesque and photogenic of the Burgundian villages to be explored. You truly won’t be able to put your camera down as you make your way around the ramparts and down to the banks of the River Armançon, which winds its way through the charming village.
This medieval village has it all—character, charm, prettiness, romance, mysteriousness. Though the smaller nearby village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain still remains my favorite, Semur-en-Auxois is a must see on a visit to Burgundy. In fact, you can combine the two villages on the same day if needed, making sure to go to Ferme Auberge la Grange in Flavigny for lunch.
One can’t help but get lost in this romantic and pretty village, from the winding cobblestone streets in the medieval center down to the picturesque banks of the river.
Semur-en-Auxois is about 45 minutes from Beaune and the charming, notable wine-making villages of the region. Near Beaune is where I prefer to stay and then travel out a bit to explore. The villages of Meursault, Pommard, and Villers-la-Faye have all been excellent locations to stay. From there it is an easy and scenic trip to Semur-en-Auxois.