Renowned for its mustard, the city of Dijon is located in the Burgundy region of eastern France and is regarded to be one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Unscathed by bombing during the Second World War, the city is awash with magnificent historic buildings for all to admire. Dijon is also a major university city, with the students making a significant contribution to its nightlife.
Dijon enjoys a relatively mild climate, with warm summers and cool winters. July and August are the city’s hottest months, with highs of 25 degrees Celsius. Snow is uncommon during the winter months and temperatures are unlikely to fall below 0, so there’s no need to pack too many layers of warm clothing!
Parking in Dijon is notoriously nightmarish, therefore a small vehicle is the most appropriate vehicle to opt for, as this will allow you park with greater ease should you happen to chance upon a free space.
If you’re a fine art fanatic, a visit to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon during your stay is a must. It houses a diverse and extensive collection, including works dating back to the Renaissance period along with pieces by impressionist artists Charles Monet and Édouard Manet.
Arguably Dijon’s most popular tourist attraction, the ‘Parcours de la Chouette’ is a self-guided walk which requires you to follow a trail indicated by the 22 owls (chouettes) that are engraved on plaques on the city’s pavements.
Visitors can collect a free map and a guide book for €3.50 from the tourist information centre and follow the trail at their leisure. This activity is especially suited to those who are unfamiliar with the city as it allows you to experience many of the Dijon’s most notable sights.
Each autumn, the city hosts the ‘Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair’, which sees 500 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors flock to the city. As Dijon is synonymous with gastronomy, this foodie fortnight-long extravaganza, which also offers cooking demos and wine meetings, is worth visiting.
Parking in the city is limited, particularly in the pedestrianized Old Town so it might be worth checking whether your hotel has free car parking facilities.
Dijon is conveniently located within close proximity to some of the country’s main motorways, making travel to and from the city very straightforward.
The city has its fair share of one-way streets, along with roads solely dedicated to the tramway and this can make driving a little tricky for first time visitors.
Dijon does have its own small airport 4km away from the centre, A√©roport Dijon Bourgogne. The flights offered are, however, fairly limited, therefore travelling to an airport further afield such as Paris Charles de Gaulle is recommended.
Paris Charles de Gaulle is easily accessible from the centre of Dijon, either via the high speed train (TGV) or road. By road, you should use the A5 autoroute for the most part of the journey.