In fine weather it's a lush and verdant home to all manner of foliage, flora and wild animals; in foul weather it's damp, muddy, lonely and rather depressing. The creation of a parc naturel régional in 1970 did something to promote the area as a place for outdoor activities and refuge from commuterdom, but more than anything it was the election of François Mitterrand, local politician and mayor of Château-Chinon for years, as president of the Republic that rescued the Morvan from oblivion. In addition to lending it some of the glamour of his office, he took concrete steps to beef up the local economy. Plentiful local information can be found online at www.morvan.com.
Pages in section ‘Morvan’: Avallon, Vézelay, Clamecy, Saulieu, Parc du Morvan, Autun, Mont-Beuvray and Bibracte, Le Creusot, Nevers.
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