Burgundy has long been closely associated with the mighty Benedictine abbey at Cluny, which for centuries held sway over most of Europe. For those seeking a cultural holiday this is the place to go. The first great Gothic cathedral in France was built at Sens, and also not to be missed is the Romanesque basilica at Vézelay. Dijon is the regional capital, with an excellent Fine Arts Museum, and since 1856 the world-famous French mustard named after the town. In the heart of Burgundy is the Côte d’Or, home to some very fine vintages, Mersault, Poligny-Montrachet and Pommard among them, complementing perfectly the local culinary specialities Boeuf Bourguignon or Coq au Vin, followed by Epoisses de Bourgogne cheese and Morvan ham. There is a predominance of châteaux over holiday villas to rent in the area.