The village of Champallement is located in Burgundy in the heart of the Nièvre department 50km North-East of Nevers and 45km South of Vezelay.
The surrounding landscape is authentic, lovely and tranquil with many views. It is a hilly area where you go back in time, no rush and you can still hear the silence. It offers a variety of forest, meadow with grazing cattle, fields of sunflower and grain, criss-crossed by narrow rural roads, quiet hamlets and streams. There are many castles to visit with their beautiful gardens and many medieval towns and villages. And, of course, every village has a flea market during the high season.
There is only little traffic, therefor it's perfect for long cycle- and hiking tours. The possibilities are endless in the immediate vicinity. We have various walking & cycling routes and maps ready for you.
Logement Champallement is located on 2 hiking trails of approximately 3 hours each and various cycling trails. But you can also take various short walks from the Logement of less than an hour.
There is also the possibility to go for a swim or for a few hours of sailing . A fifteen minute drive away is a swimming lake with the appropriate name 'Mar-le-Merle', the blackbird lake, and you will find the Canal du Nivernais where many boats sail.
Champallement also has a beautiful fishing lake. We can provide a day fishing card and fishing equipment.
Within a radius of approximately 60 kilometers (maximum 45 minutes drive) around Logement Champallement are the main tourist sites of Nièvre. We have listed 10 tips here.
- Nevers (49 km), the capital of the Nièvre department. Founded in Gallo-Roman times with a rich history and built on a hill along the Loire. In the 5th century, the city was a monastic center for a long time. Négus is a local delicacy from Nevers. These tasty sweets were made in 1900 by Maison Grelier and are still for sale today. Every Saturday there is a market where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruit and local products.
- Parc Natural Régional du Morvan (50 km) is the nearest nature reserve with an area of 281,400 hectares. The pristine granite massif has a maximum height of 900 meters with extensive forests, large lakes and several rivers. It is an ideal destination for active people (climbing, kayaking) and those seeking tranquility. A tourist attraction in the Natural Park is Bibracte. This place is originally a Gallic settlement.
- Château de Bazoches (39 km) was built in 1180 by Jean de Bazoches. During the reign of Louis XIV it was the residence of Vauban, one of the most famous architects in France of that period. The current owners of the castle, the distant heirs of Vauban, honour their ancestor. You can visit parts of the castle.
- The book town of La Charité-sur-Loire (43 km) is located on the right bank of the Loire and is connected to the town of Chapelle-Montlinard on the left bank by a medieval bridge. In the Middle Ages, the city was a commercial city and monastic center and still today a stopover on the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The town hosts book events throughout the year, such as the Nuit du Livre in August. Every 3rd Sunday of the month from October to March there is a book market.
- In the middle of Nièvre, the 180-kilometre-long Nivernais Canal (17 km) is considered the most beautiful canal in France, nicknamed the "garden canal" because it flows through several beautiful green landscapes. The canal was built in the 18th century to transport wood to Paris and also became important for the transport of wine, grains, coal and limestone. Several beautiful cycling routes run along the canal that lead past medieval villages on various local roads and beautiful wine regions. Wine lovers can also indulge themselves in the vicinity of the canal.
- At Clamecy (32 km), the Yonne and Beuvron merge with the Nivernais Canal. You can walk along the banks of the various rivers that converge in the city. The city was known as an episcopal city between 1225 and the French Revolution and has old half-timbered houses and various historic buildings. The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Romain is located in the city center where the Nobel Prize winner for literature 1915 Romain Rolland was born.
- Varzy (20 km) is a small, picturesque town where it seems as if time has stood still and you imagine yourself in the Middle Ages. In the Musée Auguste Grasset you will find various pottery and works of art from Mesopotamia, Egypt and Oceania and a large collection of musical instruments that were used between the 17th and 19th centuries.
- The pilgrimage town of Vézelay (44 km) is located on a green hill on the edge of the Morvan on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. There are parts of the old city wall and there are many beautiful squares with historic buildings, shops and restaurants. The highlight of the city is the Sainte-Madeleine basilica.
- Guédelon (59 km) is a castle under construction where volunteers and researchers have been building a 'new' medieval castle for twenty years, using authentic materials and techniques. People from all over the world come here to admire this original way of building.
- Arthel (7 km) is a tiny village of less than 100 inhabitants, but is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the region. The village is characterised by flowery streets and old buildings, and is known for its 18th century castle, the Chateau d'Arthel. It's a short cycle tour from Logement Champallement.