Semur-en-Brionnais is a founder member of the organisation « les Plus Beaux Villages de France ». There are 155 villages who hold this label. Semur-en-Brionnais is the only such village in the department of Saône-et-Loire.
Since its inception, the organisation « Les Plus Beaux Villages de France » has firmly established its strategy: to preserve and enhance the quality of the heritage in the villages so as to increase their reputation while controlling the number of visitors and consequently fostering the development of economic activity linked to tourism.
The organisation aims to avoid certain pitfalls such as villages turning into soulless museums or, on the contrary, theme parks. Its well-reasoned and passionate ambition is to reconcile villages with the future and to restore life around the fountain or in the square shaded by hundred-year-old lime and plane trees.
Some of the accomodation and events in Semur, and in other Plus Beaux villages, can be reserved using the associations website. Click here.