Top things to do in Vézelay

Top Choice Church in Vézelay

Basilique Ste-Madeleine

Founded in the AD 880s on a former Roman and Carolingian site, Vézelay's stunning hilltop basilica was rebuilt between the 11th and 13th centuries. On the famous 12th-century tympanum, visible from the narthex (encl…
Burgundian in Vézelay

À la Fortune du Pot

Well placed in the square at the foot of Vézelay's main street, this French-Colombian-run restaurant with English iPad menus is at its best in sunny weather, when tables spill out onto the terrace. Build your own tw…
French in Vézelay

Le Bougainville

The smiling owner serves rich French and Burgundian specialities such as Charolais beef and tripe sausages. If you're growing weary of heavy regional dishes, fear not – Le Bougainville is also noted for its Menu du …
Castle in Vézelay

Le Château de Bazoches

Le Château de Bazoches sits magnificently on a hillside with views to Vézelay, 12km to the north. Built in the 13th century and visited by royalty including Richard the Lionheart, it was acquired by field marshal an…
Gallery in Vézelay

Musée Zervos

This fantastic museum in the exquisite townhouse of Nobel Prize–winning pacifist writer Romain Rolland (1866–1944) holds the collection of Christian Zervos (1889–1970), an art critic, gallerist and friend of many mo…
Microbrewery in Vézelay

Brasserie de Vézelay

This microbrasserie, 3km southeast of Vézelay near the River Cure, brews fine beers, all made according to Germany's strict purity law, using organic malt, hops, yeast and water from the adjoining Morvan park. Child…
Bistro in Vézelay

Restaurant SY La Terrasse

Stone walls, decorative tiled floors, smooth jazz and a roaring fire on chilly nights make this one of Vézelay's cosiest eateries. Menu options range from simple (the house special burger with pesto and parmesan) to…
Spring in Vézelay

Fontaines Salées

Located along the D958, 5km southeast of Vézelay, these ancient saltwater springs served as a salt production site in Neolithic times, then later a Celtic sanctuary (2nd century BC) and Roman baths (1st century AD).…
Chapel in Vézelay

Chapelle Ste-Croix

This Romanesque chapel on the hillside below Vézelay dates back to the 12th century, when Bernard de Clairvaux gave a sermon on this spot to launch the Second Crusade. Nowadays it's an off-the-beaten-track refuge, v…
Historic Building in Vézelay

Maison Jules Roy

Up near the top of town, the former home of Algerian-born writer Jules Roy (1907–2000) is an enchanting spot with fine views of the basilica. Walk around the beautiful gardens and see the writer's study.