Saone-et-Loire places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Saone-et-Loire department of Burgundy. See also our detailed Saone-et-Loire guide.

Saone-et-Loire sightseeing and tourist information

photo of Anzy-le-Duc


Much the most visited site in this pretty village is the Priory of Anzy-le-Duc [...]

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photo of Autun


After exploring Autun with its old town, cathedral and roman ruins you can visit the site of Bibracte, site of the [...]

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photo of Brancion


Quiet now, in the 15th century Brancion was an important regional centre - hence the monuments in the town [...]

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photo of Chalon-sur-Saone


The pedestrianised town centre and cathedral will form the centre of your visit to the Burgundy town of Chalon-sur- [...]

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photo of Cluny


As well as one of the most visited abbeys in France Cluny also has a picturesque town centre to explore [...]

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photo of Cormatin


The beautifully decorated and furnished Cormatin Chateau, from the 17th century, is the highlight of your visit [...]

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photo of Macon


After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to nearby Lamartine's Castle [...]

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photo of Paray-le-Monial


The 12th century abbey and other buildings and the pretty setting make the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur at Paray-le-Mon [...]

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photo of Semur-en-Brionnais


As well as the pretty village itself, you can also visit the Chateau de Saint-Hugues and Collegiale Saint-Hilaire i [...]

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photo of Solutre-Pouilly


Solutré-Pouilly would perhaps go unnoticed except for the great rock-cliff behind the village that is listed among [...]

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photo of Tournus


The Abbey of Saint-Philibert is the highlight in Tournus, but you will also discover several other interesting hist [...]

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For more information about the department see the detailed Saone-et-Loire travel guide

Market towns & days in Saone-et-Loire

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Autun: Wednesday & Friday
Chagny: Thursday & Sunday
Chalon-sur-Saone: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Friday
Charnay-les-Macon: Friday
Charolles: Wednesday
Chauffailles: Friday
Cluny: Saturday
Digoin: Sunday & Friday
Epinac: Wednesday & Sunday
Givry: Thursday
Gueugnon: Thursday
La Clayette: Tuesday
Le Creusot: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Louhans: Monday
Macon: Saturday
Marcigny: Monday
Mervans: Friday
Montceau-les-Mines: Tuesday & Saturday
Montchanin: Wednesday
Paray-le-Monial: Friday
Pierre-de-Bresse: Monday
Saint-Germain-du-Bois: Saturday
Saint-Germain-du-Plain: Thursday
Sennecey-le-Grand: Friday
Tournus: Saturday
Verdun-sur-le-Doubs: Thursday

Selected tourist attractions in the Saone-et-Loire department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

4* Towns in Bloom

Macon: Tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: Tourist guide

Ville d'etape


Towns of Art and History

Autun: Tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: Tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Autun: Tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: Tourist guide

Cluny: Tourist guide

Tournus: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin du château de Chaumont

Jardin du château de Digoine

Le jardin de Zéphyr

Les Jardins du château de Drée

Les jardins Romans de Varenne-l'Arconce

Parc et jardins du château de Sully

Religious Monuments

Abbatiale eglise de Saint Philibert (Tournus)

Abbaye de Cluny (Cluny)

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Paray-le-Monial)

Cathédrale Saint Lazare (Autun)

Chapelle aux Moines (Berze-la-Ville)

Eglise de Jalogny (Jalogny)

Eglise de Saint Blaise (Mazille)

Eglise de Saint Denis (Massy)

Eglise de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-en-Brionnais)

Eglise de Saint Hilaire (Semur-en-Brionnais)

Eglise de Saint Marcel (Iguerande)

Eglise de Saint Martin (Chapaize)

Eglise de Saint Nizier (Baron)

Eglise de Saint Pierre de Brancion (Martailly-les-Brancion)

Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Montceaux-l'Etoile)

Eglise de Saint Vincent (Mont-Saint-Vincent)

Eglise de Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens (Varenne-l'Arconce)

Prieuré church de Saint Pierre et Saint Benoit (Perrecy-les-Forges)

Prieuré d'Anzy-le-Duc (Anzy-le-Duc)

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Semur-en-Brionnais: Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Bibracte-Mont Beuvray

Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson