Visit Saone-et-Loire, France
Visit Saone-et Loire to experience a quieter region of Burgundy, experienced most perhaps in the reflective calm of Cluny abbey, but also in many of the towns and villages across this untouristy department.
Selected places to visit in Saone-et-Loire
Saone-et-Loire is to the south-western corner of Burgundy. The capital of the department is Mâcon.
Stepping back beyond the Middle Ages for once, there are important Roman remains at Autun, in the north-west corner of Saone-et-Loire (east of Beaune).
Be sure to also visit Chalon-sur-Saone between Dijon and Mâcon.
The ecomuseum at Le Creusot focusses on the rich industrial heritage of the region.
Bibracte, on the summit of Mont Beuvray (north-west at Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray) is an important location, at one time being the centre of a very important celtic settlement. Various exhibits pay tribute to this history, and the site is listed as one of just 33 'Grand Sites of France'.
The town of Tournus is to the north-east of Cluny, and don't miss Cormatin Chateau, also a little north of Cluny. The newly renovated village of Brancion, between Tournus and Cormatin, is also recommended. Solutré-Pouilly is dominated by the Rock of Solutré and is known for its wine.
Brionnais: The Brionnais region is the south-western corner of the department, centred around the beautiful village at Semur-en-Brionnais. Set in attractive rolling countryside, the Brionnais is best known for the large number of interesting churches, and to a lesser degree castles.
The main towns and villages here are Marcigny, Briant, Chauffailles, La Clayette (best known for the pretty Chateau de la Clayette) and Saint-Julien-de-Civry.
See a list of all Saone-et-Loire communes
Map of Saone-et-Loire
French version: Saone-et-Loire (Francais)