The Mâconnais-Val de Saône area invites you to visit the most Southern region of South Burgundy, between Beaune and Lyon.
Discover the jewels of Romanesque art (Cluny & Tournus), the Mâconnais important vintages and its wine-road, the Lamartine tour, the Solutré-Vergisson rocks "Grands Sites de France", the banks of the Saône River…
Tourist places of interest and itineraries:
Monuments in Mâcon: Hôtel Senecé (17th century); Hôtel-Dieu (General Hospital): dome and ancient apothecary shop; Saint-Pierre church (19th century) – "Maison de Bois" (wooden house, 15th century) - Saint-Laurent bridge (11th century).
Remains: old Saint-Vincent (11th-12th centuries), vestiges of former cathedral; Saint-Clément site: funeral basilica of the 6th century.
Museums: Lamartine Museum-Hôtel Senecé-rue Sigorgne. Musée des Ursulines-allée de Matisco: history of Mâcon from prehistory to nowadays, folkloristic traditions, ethnology of the region, contemporary art collections.
In the Mâconnais area:
Castles: Lamartine's Saint-Point and Pierreclos castles; Berzé Le Châtel, Brancion, Cormatin, Sully, Vinzelles and Pierre de Bresse Castles.
Mâconnais-Beaujolais wine road: Pouilly Fuissé, Pouilly Vinzelles, Saint Véran, Viré-Clessé, the 26 Mâcon appellations, Moulin à vent, Saint Amour...
In the footsteps of Lamartine: Prissé, Bussières, Milly Lamartine, Saint-Point and Pierreclos.
Les Carrières de la Lie (limestone quarries).
Discovery of Romanesque art: the Monks' Chapel in Berzé-La-Ville, Chapaize, Cluny & Tournus.
Prehistoric sites: the Solutré rock, Azé and Blanot caves.
Gastronomy and local products:
The Mâconnais area is a region of gastronomy, with famous products of quality, the Mâconnais' 5 vintages, goat's milk cheese, Bresse free range chicken, Charolais beef , the France Great Wines show: every year, the third Saturday of April.
Vinestival: from April to October, it's a planning of wine tourism events in Southern Burgundy:discover the vineyard of Mâcon with hikings and strolls, musicals events, shows, local wine fair, traditionals festivals of winemakers, tastings and even auctions.
Wine museum: Hameau Duboeuf in Beaujolais.
Community centre, swimming: yachting resort and water stopping place. Swimming pool, Crèches-sur-Saône: watched swimming and water sport games, Olympic swimming pool in Mâcon town centre.
Touroparc: Zoo and amusement park with more than 800 animals on 10 hectares.
Acrobath: Leisure Activities Park: put to a test your balance and your self-control to move from a tree to another.
Air sports: helicopter, hot-air balloon, flying club.
Fishing-hunting: big-game fishing centre (brown bullhead fishing).
Walking and hiking, "Green Path" and "Blue Path", cycle paths away from motor vehicles.
Riding: Laizé pony club. Mâcon-Chaintré International jumping.
Water sports: sailing, water skiing, rowing, windsurfing, kayaking on the Saône River…
Golf: Mâcon-La Salle and La Commanderie golf courses.
Rock-climbing sports: on Solutré and Vergisson rocks, Acro'bath: courses among the trees.
Activities and entertainment:
Cultural programming all the year round: "Scène Nationale" theatre, Crescent jazz club, Cave à Musique. From June to August "L'été Frappé Plus": free concerts and shows. August: Summer Universities. September: les "Vendanges de l'Humour" (Café théâtre competition) - November: "les Symphonies d'Automne" (European songs competition) - December: "Contes et Lumière" (Tales and Lights)…
Way of Life in France:
The way of life in the Mâconnais area to be taken without moderation: no less than 4 restaurants with a star at the Michelin guide, two are "Pierre" in Mâcon and "Relais de Montmartre" in Viré.
But also a large number of good quality restaurants, the local gastronomy and its specific products, without forgetting our 5 regional vintages offered in the most important restaurants all over the world.
Discover Mâconnais vineyard from the sky ballooning or by helicopter, the Saône river and its full day cruises.
The Mâconnais area can pride itself on 2 exceptional golf courses: the "Mâcon La Salle" golf cours, ten minutes north of Mâcon, and the "La Commanderie" golf course.
Prestigious accommodations: Besseuil Castle, Igé Castle, La Barge Castle, Pizay Castle, but also our gîtes and 4 stars Bed and Breakfasts.