Halfway between Southern and Nothern Europe, Mâcon, is the ideal stage on the road of your holidays to the winter sports, on the riviera...
Canadian blogger, Kristen Sarah, is sharing with you her impressions about discovering Southern Burgundy.
From Matisco to nowadays... the foundation of the antic Matisco goes back to the 2nd century BC. Soon, the city became a centre of communications. Border line between the French Kingdom and the Holy Roman Empire, from 843 to 1600, In 1790, Mâcon becomes the administrative centre of Saône-et-Loire, and sees the birth of one of his well known child: Alphonse de Lamartine (Poet and Minister). Active centre of the Resistance during World War II, Mâcon will be the first town of unoccupied France between Paris and Lyon.
The urban and architectural wealth of Mâcon is witness of a past particularly rich in encounters. Mâcon town centre induces you to visit its museums and historical sites.
In our vineyard, vines resign on hills and a lot of typical villages shelter old wash houses, baker's oven and winemakers' houses. On the other side of the Saône River, the Bresse landscapes unfold before your eyes.
In the Mâconnais area, there's always something to do: water sports, leisure parks, tourist visits, swimming pools, water complexes, walks, caves and prehistoric museums…
From June to September, follow the guide: The tourist office organises several guided tour to discover the unusual Mâcon, its secret courtyards and treasures of the past.
Also, the Green Path allows you to discover the region by walking, cycling or riding. Its snakes over 21 km through the Lamartine valley, Solutré and Vergisson rocks and the Mâconnais vineyards. The perfect place to admire the beauty of South burgundy's landscapes.
All look forward to welcoming you in a warm and friendly atmosphere, where your discovery of our area will be facilitated by the friendliness and authenticity of your hosts.
During your stay, we will do everything possible to always be available and at your side to assist you when required. You can count on our advice and tips to get the most from your golfing stay in southern Burgundy.
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Departing from our base in Mâcon, the lovely Saône flows to the Rhône and passes Tournus with its splendid Romanic abbey.
Your river cruise meanders around the gentle loops of the Saône until you reach Lyon. The hills of Fourvière and Croix-Rousse on the picturesque island Barbre create a marvellous entry port. Don’t miss the old town of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The idyllic river Seille leads through a landscape of ponds and pastures to Louhans, renowned for its famous Bresse poultry.It is a most enjoyable destination for your boating
Amongst the vineyards of the Mâconnais region, the rock outcroppings at Solutré-Pouilly Vergisson have been registered and protected as "a major national site" by the Environment Ministry. Dominated by the famous Solutré Rock, spectacular limestone cliff amongst a vineyard, this unique and exceptional place has been filled with the mankind for more than 57 000 years.
With its 13 towers dominating the valley of the Mâconnais area, Berzé is a well preserved fortress from the XIIIth century. Regarded as impregnable under Louis XI, we can find some ingenious defensive systems within its three surrounding walls. Older than the castle itself, a Carolingian chapel hides among the terrace gardens that offer an exceptional view over the neighbouring countryside where Lamartine loved to roam.
Funny discovery of Middle Ages for children and adults in the steps of knights and ladies. All the animations of the year on our web site… Visit of the cellar and commented tasting of our wines according to the passion of each. To know everything about the birth of bubbles, participate in the elaboration of our Crémant de Bourgogne. Drinks, games for children, delicacies and Burgundian specialties, numerous gifts, souvenirs, bookshop … Reception rooms. Terrace gardens with views.
Let yourself be seduced: come to the Mâconnais region in only 2hours by train from Paris and Marseille, in 45 minutes from Lyon and 1h30 from Geneva by car.