Cormot / Nolay / Vauchignon


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Combining wine-growing and agriculture, the medieval town of Nolay is a dynamic, prosperous town, which you can explore during a pleasant stroll through its streets. The 14th century covered market (Les Halles) with its four sloping roofs is a listed building. It hosts a number of events each year and a weekly market. The roof alone is a marvel: it is, in fact, made of pieces of lava or limestone, and weighs between 600 and 800 kg per m².

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You can also discover a number of beautiful timber-framed houses, including a magnificent shop from the Middle Ages.

There is also:

-  the Church of Saint Martin, dating from the 15th, 17th and 19th centuries
-  the 19th century neo-classical town hall
-  the 18th century “Maison de la Charité” (hospice)
-  the Saint Pierre district


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Famous for its limestone cliff, Cormot is one of Burgundy’s oldest rock-climbing sites. Nearly one kilometre long and thirty to forty metres high, the cliff at Cormot saw the first climbs by the greatest French guides: Gaston Rébuffat, Jean Cousy, Lionel Terray, Alfred Couttet, etc. Cormot is also a pretty village along the banks of the Cozanne, which has its source not far away at the Cirque du Bout du Monde. There is also the 14th century Chapel of Saint Antoine.

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Vauchignon is the last village you pass through before reaching the “Cirque du Bout du Monde”. The evocatively named Cirque du Bout du Monde is a listed site surrounded by cliffs. A spectacular 25 m-high waterfall leaves the visitor spell-bound by such an out-of-this-world experience. A grotto can be visited by the more hardy.

In every way, the Cirque du Bout du Monde is a setting for spectacular and unforgettable hikes and walks.