Paray-le-Monial tourism and travel guide

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Visit Paray-le-Monial: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The 12th century abbey and other buildings and the pretty setting make the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur at Paray-le-Monial one of the most visited sites in France

Important note

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

Paray-le-Monial is situated in the Saone-et-Loire department and Burgundy region (now part of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region), in the eastern-center of France at 57 kilometres from Macon, the department capital (general information: Paray-le-Monial is 298 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Paray-le-Monial include "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*".

Popular places to visit nearby include Semur-en-Brionnais at 21 km and Cluny at 41 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Paray-le-Monial, 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 Paray-le-Monial in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

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

 
 

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

Map of places to visit near Paray-le-Monial

Markets in and near Paray-le-Monial

Market days in Paray-le-Monial: weekly market: Friday;

  • Paray-le-Monial: market Friday (0km)
  • Digoin: market Sunday & Friday (11km)
  • Charolles: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Gueugnon: market Thursday (17km)
  • Marcigny: market Monday (21km)
  • La Clayette: market Tuesday (23km)
  • Le Donjon: market Tuesday (27km)
  • Montceau-les-Mines: market Tuesday & Saturday (30km)
  • Chauffailles: market Friday (32km)
  • Charlieu: market Wednesday & Saturday (33km)

More information about Paray-le-Monial, Burgundy

Tourist attractions near Paray-le-Monial, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Paray-le-Monial.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Paray-le-Monial) (0km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Montceaux-l'Etoile) (12km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens (Varenne-l'Arconce) (13km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nizier (Baron) (13km)
  • Prieuré d'Anzy-le-Duc (Anzy-le-Duc) (15km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-en-Brionnais) (16km)
  • Prieuré church de Saint Pierre et Saint Benoit (Perrecy-les-Forges) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint Hilaire (Semur-en-Brionnais) (21km)
  • Eglise de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Neuilly-en-Donjon) (21km)
  • Eglise de Saint Marcel (Iguerande) (27km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Fortuné de Charlieu (Charlieu) (33km)
  • Couvent des Cordeliers (Saint-Nizier-sous-Charlieu) (33km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Mont-Saint-Vincent) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Denis (Massy) (37km)
  • Eglise de Saint Blaise (Mazille) (38km)
  • Eglise de Jalogny (Jalogny) (39km)
  • Abbaye de Cluny (Cluny) (41km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les jardins Romans de Varenne-l'Arconce (13km)
  • Jardin du château de Digoine (13km)
  • Jardin du château de Chaumont (15km)
  • Les Jardins du château de Drée (22km)
  • Le jardin de Zéphyr (30km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Le PAL (34km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Charolles (12km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc d'Attractions et Animalier (PAL) (38km)
 
 

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Paray-le-Monial

Canton: Paray-le-Monial

Arrondissement: Charolles

Department: Saone-et-Loire

Region: Burgundy

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 71600

Distance to Paray-le-Monial

from Macon (prefecture): 57 km

from Paris: 298 km

from Calais: 527 km

from Nice: 393 km

from Bordeaux: 407 km

from Strasbourg: 361 km

Getting here

Paray-le-Monial is in the eastern-center of France. 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 Paray-le-Monial from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Hautefond, Saint-Leger-les-Paray, Vitry-en-Charollais and Volesvres.

This page in French: Visiter Paray-le-Monial