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Things to do in Dijon

Tour the Quiet and Relaxing Streets of Dijon

Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region, located in eastern France. It has a lot of lush green spaces, gardens, and churches that are frequented by tourists. Although Dijon is a small french city, the landmarks and attractions in it are very worth visiting. You can take a walking tour along the quiet streets of Dijon and visit the city’s cathedral, opera, and other prominent buildings.

 

Things to do in Dijon

Dijon has a lot to offer its visitors and no matter if you are into sports, cultural events or old architecture, you can be sure to find things to do in Dijon during your visit to the French city.

 

Dijon Historic Buildings

Dijon has many historic buildings showcasing its history, like the Ducal Palace and the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

 

Dijon Cathedral

When on holiday in Dijon, check out the churches, including the huge Dijon Cathedral with its splendid medieval architecture complete with dozens of devious looking gargoyles. It is dedicated to Saint Benignus, and its crypt is over 1,000 years old.

 

Opera de Dijon

Music lovers should visit Opera de Dijon which features some of the best classical music and opera performers in France.

 

Local Food in Dijon

Lovers of good food should not miss out on the quality products originating from the area including its mustard. The wine and produce available in the region are world class.

 

Dijon Sport Events

 

Dijon Football

The local Football club is named Dijon FCO and is often referred to simply as Dijon. The Dijon FCO club was founded in 1998 and the home matches is being played at the Stade Gaston Gérard. Read more about games and how to get tickets at the Dijon FCO official website.

 

Dijon Racing - Dijon-Prenois

At the racetrack of Dijon-Prenois visitors can see various motor sports events. Racing in this area of France has been popular since long and in the 70s and 80s the racing track hosted the Formula 1 French Grand Prix as much as five time. Read more about Dijon racing at the Dijon-Prenois official website.

 

When to go to Dijon

Winters in Dijon are cold and chilly while the summers are warm and temperate. If you visit the city in summer, you’ll get pleasant average temperatures of 20-25°C (68-77°F) which are perfect for some al fresco dining and vineyard tours. If you plan your holiday during the winter season, expect an average temperature of 5-10°C (41-50°F).

Spring is a lovely  time to visit Dijon, resplendent with blooms. The weather is ideal for outdoor tours although it is sometimes punctuated by mild rain. The summer season is also a popular time to visit the city with the smell of fresh herbs infusing the air including lavender and rosemary. Dijon holds Formula One Racing events in late May or early June.

 

 

Things to do in Dijon

Dijon Facts

Population151 576
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
CurrencyEuro
Longitude5.0428
Latitude47.2906
AirportLongvic, France (DIJ)

Dijon average temperatures

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OPERA

Dijon Opera House

Grand Théâtre de Dijon

Located on Place du Théâtre the Grand Théâtre de Dijon has been the main venue for opera performances since its inauguration in November 1828. Designed by architects Jacques Cellerier and Simon Vallot in Neo-classical style, the beauty of this building was formally appreciated in 1975 when the exterior of the building was classified as a historical monument of France. The opera company that is residing in the building is called Opéra de Dijon. Every season they change their repertoire, usually by following different country based themes, for example by one season exclusively performing Czech opera and the next Italian opera. Take a look at their schedule to see what they have in store for your visit!

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Dijon - Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

The Abbey of Fontenay, founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118, is one of the most well preserved Cistercian abbeys in Europe, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. The Abbey of Fontenay follows the same principles as all Cistercian abbeys, that is, the church and the cloister are adjacent to each other, the rooms of the monks circle this central space and work buildings are separated from the areas of prayer and life.

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GOLF

Golf in Dijon

The beautiful countryside surrounding Dijon can almost be seen as an invite to build a golf course. There are two 18 hole courses close by: Golf Blue Green Quétigny Bourgogne and Golf de Bourgogne. The first is the closest to the city and is located along river Mirande, which makes an appearance on several of the holes. The latter is located a little bit further away, about 9km from the city center. It is worth the short drive though, with its wide fairways, boxed in by a surrounding forest. It is especially beautiful in the autumn when the leaves are changing colors!

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