Mont Beuvray stands at an altitude of 821 metres, and from the top there's a remarkable view over Morvan.
On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of Mont Blanc. It is a great place to come at sunrise or sunset!
This place is also worth a visit for its history. It is in fact the location of the former capital of the Aedui Gallic tribe!
A unique mountain
Mont Beuvray is in the Massif du Morvan which covers the towns of Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray (Saône-et-Loire), Glux-en-Glenne and Larochemillay (Nièvre).
Mont Beuvray is recognised as a ZNIEFF (natural zone of ecological interest, fauna and flora) and a Natura 2000 site, and is a place of significant natural interest. For many years, rare and protected species have been observed in this geographical area, and the hills are covered in oak and beech trees that are several centuries old!
Bibracte fortified settlement
If you have only heard of the Gauls thanks to Asterix and Obelix, then you need to come and visit Bibracte Gallic oppidum, the capital of the Aedui Gallic tribe.
Many archaeological excavations have been carried out here, and visitors can take a tour of the Musée de la Civilisation Celtique.
A fascinating place with a fascinating history
The unique characteristic of this mountain is that the mountainsides are wooded but the peak is flat and forms a "chaume" (mountain meadow) with a clear view of the surrounding countryside.
There is an orientation table at the top, which explains the view, near a monument in tribute to the man who discovered Bibracte, Jacques-Gabriel Bulliot.
Getting to Mont Beuvray
(Very) practical info: the peak of Mont Beuvray is accessible by car or free shuttle bus in July and August.
If you're feeling sporty, there are hiking trails along the GR 131 (to Autun), the Bibracte-Alésia trail or the "Tour des Remparts" (a 1-hour loop trail around Bibracte).
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