Dijon - A Spectacular French City
Along with being especially famous for its mustard, the city of Dijon is also a highly popular destination for anyone looking to enjoy a culture filled break. Dijon holidays are perfect for those wishing to spend time exploring a stunning landscape whilst also discovering the delights of the many architectural wonders of a city that narrowly escaped being devastated by bombing in the Second World War. Dijon is awash with Gothic and early Renaissance music, literature and architecture which visitors can explore as they stroll around the cobbled streets. Along with the history and culture, holidays in Dijon are ideal for anyone hoping to experience the delights of a cosmopolitan city.
Hotels in Dijon range from budget to luxury standard with the majority of accommodation situated in the city centre. Those hoping to save money can stay on the outskirts of the city in one of the many hostels, B&B’s and campsites that are situated in the spectacular countryside. Getting into the city centre is easy with plenty of bus routes, trains and car hire companies available. Dijon does have its own airport however it is fairly small and used mainly for private flights.
Holidays in Dijon offer something for everyone, with families, couples and groups of singles travellers all able to find something to suit their holiday tastes, and more importantly budgets. With many fantastic Dijon holiday deals available it is a great time to immerse yourself in the culture of this spectacular French city.
Dijon - Sightseeing and Attractions
There are hundreds of fantastic things to see and do during a Dijon city break including excursions to explore some of the most fascinating sites around the region. One of the most popular spots to discover is the Ducal Palace, one of the most majestic buildings in the city that offers a large museum housing many precious relics and treasures. The museum is known as the Musee des Beaux-Arts and is currently hosting temporary exhibitions from local artists from around the city. Walking tours around the city are a great way to learn more about Dijon and to discover the many monuments dotted around the city. The Well of Moses is a large statue designed by the famous architect Claus Sluter, although the monument is located on the grounds of a private hospital it is still visible for tourists to enjoy. Nature lovers will appreciate taking a stroll around the Jardin Darcy during a holiday in Dijon; situated close to the main train station it offers a stunning collection of flowers and foliage.
Day trips to towns outside of the city are popular with visitors especially to the idyllic town of Beaune. There are plenty of wineries and ancient architecture to explore along with great hotels for those hoping to spend the night. There are shuttle bus services to take visitors around the many exciting spots, perfect for those wishing to pack many excursions into a Dijon holiday.
Shopping is a great way to spend a day during a holiday to Dijon with several large shopping areas boasting markets, designer boutiques and well known high street labels. Those looking to pick up some local produce will appreciate the many craft markets and food stalls around the city especially the large Les Halles.
Dijon - Nightlife and Cuisine
French cuisine is one of the most desirable cuisines in the world offering rich flavours and mouth-watering tastes. Dijon boasts a wide range of restaurants and cafes that allow visitors to sample some of the best dishes and delicacies found in the region. Some of the most popular menu items include meat and fish in wine based sauces, a wide range of potato based dishes and plenty of fresh vegetables. French wines and cheeses are common in the city and are a definite must try for anyone enjoying a holiday to Dijon.
The nightlife in Dijon may not be as vibrant as some of the other large French cites however there are still plenty of things to see and do during a Dijon city break. Along with the wide range of bars there are plenty of activities to suit all tastes including a casino, a cinema and plenty of venues offering live music and performances. French beers and wines and readily available around the city, a sweet blackcurrant liqueur called cassis is another popular beverage choice in this French region.
Dijon - Weather and Climate
The weather during a Dijon holiday can often be unpredictable therefore it is advised to pack a wide range of clothing for your stay. The spring months are typically the ones with the most rainfall, especially March and April when you are guaranteed to need an umbrella. Although snow is rare in the region the winter months often see very cold temperatures, those visiting the city in December or January will need to wrap up warm.
The most popular time to enjoy Dijon holidays is during the summer months when the temperatures reach their highest. Although the heat is not as dominating as some other French destinations, it stays at a comfortable level that is ideal for walking around and exploring the sights of the city. Temperatures can often reach the high twenties especially during July and August which is also the busiest time for tourism in the city.