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Macon tourism and travel guide

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Visit Macon: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to nearby Lamartine's Castle

Macon is situated in the Saone-et-Loire department and Burgundy-Franche-Comté region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Macon. For detailed visitor information see the Macon travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Macon include "ville fleurie 4*".

Popular places to visit nearby include Cluny at 20 km and Belleville at 22 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Macon, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Macon in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Solutre-Pouilly

Solutre-Pouilly

at 8 km (direction west)

Solutré-Pouilly would perhaps go unnoticed except for the great rock-cliff...

See Solutre-Pouilly guide
Cluny

Cluny

at 20 km (direction north-west)

As well as one of the most visited abbeys in France Cluny...

See Cluny guide
Belleville

Belleville

at 22 km (direction south-south-west), in the Rhone department

Not an important tourist town, Belleville does have a couple of...

See Belleville guide
Brancion

Brancion

at 26 km (direction south-south-west)

Quiet now, in the 15th century Brancion was an important...

See Brancion guide
 
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Cormatin

Cormatin

at 29 km (direction north-north-west)

The beautifully decorated and furnished Cormatin Chateau, from the 17th century, is...

See Cormatin guide
Tournus

Tournus

at 30 km (direction north-north-east)

The Abbey of Saint-Philibert is the highlight in Tournus, but you will...

See Tournus guide
Tournus abbey

Tournus abbey

Abbey at 30 km (direction north-north-east)

The abbey at Tournus is a 12th century abbey...

See Tournus abbey guide
Bourg-en-Bresse

Bourg-en-Bresse

at 33 km (direction east-south-east), in the Ain department

As well as exploring the cathedral and town centre of Bourg-en-Bresse,...

See Bourg-en-Bresse guide
Dombes

Dombes

at 36 km (direction south-south-east), in the Ain department

The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect for fishing...

See Dombes guide
Trevoux

Trevoux

at 40 km (direction south), in the Ain department

The quiet town of Trevoux in Ain has several historical...

See Trevoux guide
Anse

Anse

at 41 km (direction south-south-west), in the Rhone department

The quiet town of Anse retains some Roman remains that hint at...

See Anse guide
Theize

Theize

at 43 km (direction south-south-west), in the Rhone department

The quiet village of Theizé makes a pleasant detour when exploring...

See Theize guide
Oingt

Oingt

Most Beautiful Village at 43 km (direction south-west), in the Rhone department

Completely renovated in recent years, Oingt is one of...

See Oingt guide
Bagnols

Bagnols

at 46 km (direction south-south-west), in the Rhone department

Bagnols village with a castle is one of the pretty...

See Bagnols guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Saone-et-Loire

Map of places to visit near Macon

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Markets in and near Macon

Market days in Macon: weekly market: Saturday;

  • Macon: market Saturday (0km)
  • Charnay-les-Macon: market Friday (3km)
  • Pont-de-Veyle: market Monday (6km)
  • Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne: market Saturday (14km)
  • Vonnas: market Thursday (16km)
  • Pont-de-Vaux: market Wednesday (17km)
  • Cluny: market Saturday (19km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne: market Saturday (22km)
  • Belleville: market Tuesday (23km)
  • Montrevel-en-Bresse: market Tuesday (23km)

More information about Macon, Burgundy

Tourist attractions near Macon, France

What to do at Macon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Macon.

Grand sites of France

  • Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson (8km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Brou Royal Monastery (33km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (22km)
  • Trevoux (40km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Chapelle aux Moines (Berze-la-Ville) (10km)
  • Abbaye de Cluny (Cluny) (20km)
  • Eglise de Saint Blaise (Mazille) (20km)
  • Eglise de Jalogny (Jalogny) (20km)
  • Eglise de Saint Denis (Massy) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre de Brancion (Martailly-les-Brancion) (28km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Chapaize) (29km)
  • Abbatiale eglise de Saint Philibert (Tournus) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-en-Brionnais) (44km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Mont-Saint-Vincent) (46km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nizier (Baron) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château de Laye (28km)
  • Le jardin de Zéphyr (37km)
  • Les Jardins du château de Drée (40km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (41km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Roche de Solutré (8km)
  • Confluence - la Seille (26km)
  • Seille (Saône) (26km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Charolles (45km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Vonnas (16km)
 
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Geography and distances

Macon is in the eastern-center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Saone-et-Loire department (general information: Macon is 340 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Macon

Canton: Mâcon

Arrondissement: Mâcon

Department: Saone-et-Loire

Region: Burgundy

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 71870

Distance to Macon

from Macon (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 340 km

from Calais: 561 km

from Nice: 347 km

from Bordeaux: 451 km

from Strasbourg: 336 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into one of the Paris airports and hire a car or drive from a channel ferry port - allow about 6 - 7 hours. For driving distances to Macon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 14 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chaintre, Chanes, Charnay-les-Macon, Creches-sur-Saone, Crottet, Feillens, Grieges, Hurigny, Pont-de-Veyle, Replonges, Saint-Laurent-sur-Saone, Sance, Varennes-les-Macon and Vinzelles.

This page in French: Visiter Macon

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