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A typical Hautes-Côtes de Beaune town, Nolay is nestled in a valley between vineyards and cliffs.

A typical Hautes-Côtes de Beaune town, Nolay is nestled in a valley between vineyards and cliffs. It has preserved its charming medieval architecture and exceptional market halls, testimony to a long trading tradition.

Visit Nolay

From the Halles, classified as a Historic Monument, and built over 600 years ago, discover the old merchants’ houses, some of which still bear the coats of arms of the guilds they housed. Stroll along the pedestrian streets to discover the Maison à bossages dating from 1562, the timber-framed houses (including the Bistrot des Halles), the houses with their many dormer windows, or the Maison à colonnes. The little Burgundy town also boasts a rich religious heritage, including the church of Saint Martin, with its impressive 38-metre-high Gothic spire, and the little chapel of Saint-Pierre, with its curious bulbous bell tower. And to soak up Nolay’s authentic atmosphere, set aside some time for local curiosities: the Museum of History and Paleontology (accessible only on a guided tour), the Maison de la Charité, a former 18th-century hospital, and the courtyard of the Maison des Tanneurs (a private site accessible via the Galerie Espéranto).

Did you know?

Born in Nolay, Lazare Carnot, a brilliant scientist and pupil of Gaspard Monge, an officer of the King, was enthusiastic about the ideas of the Revolution. In 1793, he became a general and was put in charge of organizing and directing the 14 armies of the fledgling Republic. Discover the monument erected in his memory. With his compass, the statue reveals the man of science, ordering victory to land where he points his finger.

Nature in Nolay

To the northwest, a 40-meter-high limestone cliff, vineyards, valleys and hills: these are the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Some twenty wine-growing villages have set up their vineyards here on the best exposed hillsides. This generous terroir favors simplicity and freshness. Want to immerse yourself in nature? Nolay offers a wide variety of walks, choose from the sentier des 3 Carnot, a picturesque 12 km circuit, or the Sentier Jean Marc Boivin, a beautiful and sporty 49 km escape. The Sentier des Combes et des Crêtes lets you enjoy clifftop scenery unless you’re tempted by the Tour du Bout du Monde. This invigorating loop takes in majestic limestone cliffs and a cirque where a 25 m-high waterfall is born.