Ever heard of the Petites Cités de Caractère ® of the Aube?


Here, in the Aube, the heritage is dense, rich and well-stocked. The area is full of tourist nuggets, and aesthetics mingle with the picturesque. Did you know that some villages in Aube have joined the national network of Petites Cités de Caractère ® in the Aube?

The concept of Petites Cités de Caractère ® has existed since 1975 and, to date, includes 24 municipalities in the Grand Est. Joining this network means participating in the preservation, animation and promotion of the remarkable heritage of your village. It means maintaining it, restoring it and enhancing it, both for the inhabitants and for the many visitors. It means maintaining it, restoring it and enhancing it, both for the inhabitants and for the many visitors. Petites Cités de Caractère®.

Let’s end this unbearable suspense. Here, for you, is a presentation of these 3 Petites Cités de Caractère® of the Aube!

Ervy-le-Châtel, Petite Cité de Caractère® in the Aube with a rich historical past

The charming village of Ervy-le-Châtel is situated on a plateau, above a green valley where the river Armance flows. Thanks to its historical past, the city has been able to pass through the ages while preserving the remains of its history. Its circular timber-framed hall from the 19thcentury, the mediaeval gate of Saint-Nicolas (sole remaining part of the fortified château) andthe Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens (with its sumptuous stained-glass windows and statuary) bear witness to Ervy-le-Châtel’s past and have stood the test of time.

The village of Ervy-le-Châtel has now been awarded the “Petites Cités de Caractère®” (Small Towns with Character) label and has many more modern tourist attractions, such as theMaison du Vitrail d’Armance which celebrates the art of stained glass and stained glass canopies. Gastronomy is not left out, as you can taste, on the spot, some Chaourceand Ervy cheeses or the tasty ciders of the Pays d’Othe!

Market of Ervy le Châtel
Church Ervy-Le-Châtel- credit Sylvain Bordier
Ervy le Châtel
Mussy-Sur-Seine Petite Cité de Caractère
Mussy-Sur-Seine Petite Cité de Caractère
Museum of the Resistance of the Aube

Mussy-sur-Seine, Petite Cité de Caractère ® de l’Aube aux mille visages

The word ‘picturesque’ might have been coined after exploring the more than atypical village ofMussy-sur-Seine. Situated at the gateway to Champagne and Burgundy, crossed by the Seine, this city has shaped itself according to the eras it has passed through. Sometimes Gallo-Roman village, then mediaeval town, it is now a tourist town nestled in a green setting and proud of its historical past.

The town centre has a multitude of small cobbled streets leading to the famous and very imposing Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens, dating back to the 13th century. century. All around Mussy-sur-Seine are the ramparts surround Mussy-sur-Seine. siècle. Other witnesses to its past, such as the Glacière des évèques (the Bishops’ cooler, a majestic stone cylinder of 7 metres in diameter) and the salt cellar are still in excellent condition and can be visited.

The village of Mussy-sur-Seine has becomea Petit Cités de Caractère®and participates in the economic development of the region by promoting and animating its heritage, starting by offering visitors tastings of the famous Côte des Bar champagne!

The village of Les Riceys

Formed by three villages, the village has three renaissance churches, formerly linked to three different bishoprics in Champagne and Burgundy. These three villages lie peacefully in the heart of the Laigne wine valley. The river offers pleasant walks. It is also well known for its wealth of fish, especially trout, which delight fly-fishing enthusiasts. It is good to stroll through the maze of narrow streets lined with winegrowers’ houses with their Cistercian architecture. The village is the only one (in the world!) to have 3 AOC wines: Champagne, Rosé des Riceys and Coteaux Champenois. This characteristic, as well as the rich heritage of this village on the Côte des Bar (Les Riceys holds the European record for the number of listed monuments in relation to the number of inhabitants), has enabled it to be awarded the “Site Remarquable du Goût” label.

Don’t wait any longer. Come and discover the village of Les Riceys and its surroundings for a weekend. Between the remarkable stained glass windows of the Saint Pierre-ès-Liens church, the Château de Taisne, its charming gardens hidden behind dry stone walls, the meeting with the wine growers and the tasting of Champagne or Rosé de Riceys, Louis XIV’s favourite wine… you will not be disappointed by the trip.

église les Riceys
Rosé des Riceys
Château de Taisne
Eglise Saint-Etienne de Bar sur Seine
maison Bar-sur-Seine

In the Côte des Bar, discover also Bar-sur-Seine, which is in the process of being approved as Petites Cités de Caractère ®of the Aube

Crossed by the famous river, the picturesque village of Bar-sur-Seine is known for the excellent conservation of its monuments : its Renaissance House, its St. Étienne Church, its Clock Tower (and its breathtaking panorama), the Commandery of Avalleur and its old chapel dating from the period of the Templars, and its cadoles lining the Croc-Ferrand promenade are all remmants of its history.

At the gateway to the vineyards of the flamboyant Côte des Bar, Bar-sur-Seine offers a number of tourist must-see attractions, such as the famous Champagne houses (Manoir Devaux or Domaine de la Borderie) producing this golden, sparkling drink that the whole of the Aube region loves!

Currently in the process of receiving thePetites Cités de Caractère® label, Bar-sur-Seine combines aestheticism (thanks in particular to its colourful half-timbered houses), charm and originality.

On the road to Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Essoyes

At the heart of a natural landscape of forests, vineyards and fields lies the charming village of Essoyesin the Aube region. Crossed by the Ource river, this town is mainly known for having been one of the homes of the famous impressionist painter Auguste Renoir:his house and studio, which can be visited, are one of the village’s main attractions.

Numerous activities have been developed around the presence of Renoir in Essoyes: an art workshop, hiking trails and life-size treasure hunts are available to the public. Essoyes, Petites Cités de Caractère®,which is in the process of being approved, also offers visits to Champagne cellars and houses, because let’s not forget that we are in the Aube region, after all!

Ervy-le-Châtel, Mussy-sur-Seine, Bar-sur-Seine, Essoyes or Les Riceys: which Petite Cité de Caractère in the Aube do you want to (re)discover?

Essoyes Petite Cité de Caractère
Maison Renoir
atelier Renoir


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