The landscapes of morvan have evolved, more or less rapidly according to the evolution of society. This evolution will be accompanied to ensure the sustainability of this landscape wealth. Located in the morvan massif, it is the mountain massif closest to the paris area. The diversity of its landscapes makes the park an exceptional and natural place still preserved, ideal for those who want to take a breath of fresh air.
History of the Morvan region
The first traces of the presence of man in the morvan date from the neolithic and the bronze age. During the gallo-roman era, the city was the capital of the gallic tribe of the eduens. These last built their capital bibracte between saone and loire, and the morvan was a strategic axis of circulation. This fortified city is on mount beuvray for those who wish to visit it.
During the middle ages, morvan was depopulated and the forest took over. Then in the late middle ages, populations from the north and the center revitalized human settlement around castles and abbeys. The inventory of the heritage of morvan reveals more than one hundred and sixty clods or medieval castles, in one hundred and fifteen villages. Uncommon in france, the morvan has kept its habitat scattered in thousands of hamlets, from the middle ages. The lords assigned a clearing to clear a family who built their house there and cultivated it in exchange for various counterparts.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the morvan experienced a profound evolution and lived only at the rate of logs floating. At the time, 85% of the fuelwood needs of the capital were thus covered. With the arrival of coal, the wood resource lost its value and the agricultural economy was redeveloped through polyculture and livestock. Being a poor region from an agricultural point of view, other activities have developed such as morbandelle nannies and galvachers. It is in morvan also that the french administration sends to grow the orphans. The areas dedicated to agriculture increased globally.
During the period 1940-1944, the region is one of the privileged places of the resistance. Since the 1960s, the morvan specializes in the breeding of charolais breeder. On october 16, 1970, the regional natural park of morvan was created and sixty-four communes adhered to it. Its purpose is to reconcile the preservation of the natural environment with the economic and tourist development of the region. Since its creation, the morvan regional nature park has continued its mission of safeguarding and enhancing the morvandiau rural heritage. To browse the region, do not hesitate to ask for a car service.
The Morvan region nowadays
Today, the morvan as a rural territory is shaped by two major activities that influence its landscapes. These are agriculture and forestry. It is a vast territory of 70 km long and 50 km wide encompasses four departments. To explore it, it takes several days. In 1975, the estate was acquired by the state, the burgundy region and the department of nièvre, by the syndicat mixte du parc to install the morvan regional natural park house. Half of the morvan massif is covered with forests and the rivers are numerous as well as the artificial lakes created in the 19th and 20th centuries. These lakes are still used for water supply, electricity production but especially for regulating the waters of the tributaries of the seine. You also have the opportunity to visit magnificent sites such as mont-beuvray with the museum of celtic civilization, haut-folin for ski enthusiasts or the "signal" of uchon also known as "pearl of the morvan". If you go to the morvan region with your family and your group, we have at your disposal vehicles that can accommodate 8 people.
What to visit in the Morvan region?
On this vast granite massif, the scents of verdant forests will rejuvenate you and reconnect you with nature.
Fortified city of the time of the gallic era, bibracte dominates the trays of the morvan. You can put yourself in the shoes of an archaeologist on the marked trails of the ancient capital of the eduens. Its front door is a door of rebout with these beams held on the ground by stones, covered with a siding of earth and stones. The visit continues to the commercial district of the city. It is a historical and archaeological site, it offers various activities such as "the gaulish day" for 27 €. During the visit of the museum, you can discover the celtic civilization and the result of the excavations with the help of numerous models, audiovisuals and renditions.
Between the hills and forests of the morvan, this lake is renowned for its tranquility. Various activities are available such as cycling around the lake or on foot while enjoying the local cuisine. You can also deepen your knowledge of the history of the region aboard a pleasure boat. The family can also go fishing for crayfish or swimming. Campsites and chalets equipped and comfortable are also proposed to you by the beach of settons.
Castle of Chastellux
Built in the 11th century, the building has gone through the ages. Over the centuries, the château de Chastellux has been renovated. The castle and its surroundings constitute a classified site. Some of the elements that compose it as the facades and roofs as well as the dovecote are listed as historical monuments since february 17, 1989. It is the owner-guide himself who accompanies you during visits. The park built in the early eighteenth century is simply beautiful and quiet. It is crisscrossed by star-shaped walkways and composed of european trees such as chestnut, oak and beech.
An artificial lake built between 1931 and 1933, lake chaumeçon gives you peace and fullness. With 4 km long and 700 m wide, its irregular banks are conducive to the development of a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is an ideal place for fishing enthusiasts. You can also enjoy various water activities such as boat trips or canoeing, canoeing or rafting. For your safety, experienced instructors will accompany you.
Museum of the resistance in Morvan
Located in saint-brisson, the museum was created in 1983 by a group of historians from the university of burgundy and former resistance fighters. It is located within the morvan regional natural park house and since 2015, it belongs to the association of the national resistance museum. It is part of the network of museums of the resistance massif central. The museum of the resistance is composed of three rooms. The first is dedicated to the occupation, the second to the resistance and the third to liberation and memory. So that you can discover each of its places during your short stay, take advantage of our car service always on time.
Private car roadshow in the Morvan region
Located in the Burgundy-franche-comté region, the Morvan regional nature park was created in 1970 and currently includes more than 110 municipalities. Saint-lazare cathedral of Autun is just 28 km away from the park and parc des combes is 54 km away. Morvan is 322 km from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport and 128 km from Dole Jura airport.