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The Morvan (of Celtic: Mar = black and Vand = mountains) is a mountainous region in Burgundy, France, the heart of the departments of Yonne, Nièvre, Côte-d’Or and Saône-et-Loire. The mountains are actually an offshoot of the Massif Central, and consist mainly of granite rock. The highest peak is the Haut-Folin with a height of 901 meters, followed by Mont Préneley with 855 meters. The Mont Beuvray, on which the old Celtic city of Bibracte is excavated, also belongs to the high peaks with its 821 meters. Since 1970 the area has been protected as a Parc National.

The Morvan has four areas from north to south, the Lower Basin (Bas-Morvan), the Morvan (Haut-Morvan Collinéen), the Montmorvan (Haut-Morvan Montagnard) and the gently undulating Land of Luzy.

The map of Lormes

Especially the Hautmorvan is covered with large amounts of dense mixed forest, with big meadow areas in between. In the Morvan there are many waterworks, including reservoirs such as the Lac de Chaumeçon, Lac du Crescent, Lac de Pannecière and the Lac des Settons and various rivers such as the Yonne, Cousin, Cure and Chalaux. Because industry is lacking, there is hardly any air pollution. There is also little light pollution which gives a glimpse of the Milky Way at night in a cloudless sky.

The Parc Naturel du Morvan is located 200 km below Paris, in the heart of Burgundy. On the north side, Bas-Morvan, Lormes is at 420 meters. The environment is characterized by a lovely, beautiful undulating landscape with forests and hills, ramparts and water. The south of the Morvan (Haut-Morvan) is a bit more mountainous with peaks up to 900 meters of granite, vast forests and wild rivers.

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By combining both these landscapes, the Morvan offers a holiday area with something for everyone. Many sporting activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, tree climbing, quad biking, paintball, rafting and canoeing, but also culture with many castles and historic and authentic towns. In the period from Easter to the autumn holidays, cozy French markets and parties are organized everywhere; from medieval to French chansons, from fair with typical French products or flea market.

In short, a wonderful holiday area to relax, enjoy the natural beauty, a wonderful walk or canoe trip, drink a French wine on a cozy terrace, browse a flea market or sniff culture in an old historic church.