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Surroundings

The village Ouroux en Morvan lies at an altitude of about 570 meters.

The surrounding hilly area is ideally suited for hikes through woods and fields. In Ouroux en Morvan itself there is a lake where one can go carp fishing (after obtaining a license from the “Mairie”). You will find a tennis court in the village open to the public (ask at the tourist office). Within 13 km. there are two large lakes: Lac de Pannecière and Lac des Settons. Especially the latter is ideally suited for water sports with facilities for swiming, fishing, canoeing, pedal boating and sailing.

A bit further away (both at about 45 km. but in opposite directions) the towns of Vézelay and Autun are definitely worth a visit. In Autun, originally established by the Romans and therefore full of historical sites, there is a market every Friday morning. In the hall underneath the Mairie you will find fresh fruits and vegetables, local Morvan cheeses and meat products as well as other delicacies.

Chateau Chinon houses the very interesting museum Septennat where you may admire all the gifts Mitterrand has received from foreign dignitaries during his presidency.

Go and visit Mont Beuvray where you find a museum that shows how the Gauls lived in the time of Caesar. On the mountain itself you can see the excavations and the reconstruction of the ramparts of the former Bibracte, where Ceasar wrote his “De bello Gallico”.

In Vézelay, the world famous Abby and Cluniac monastery built between 1296 and 1532 and built on the ancient “Via Aurelia” is a must see!

The tourist office will be able to give you much more extensive information: You can find out where to find a “vide grenier” or flea market, what marked walks to do, which sights to see, and so on. There is an information point in the post office of the villeage and there is a regional tourist office in Les Settons.