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Paray-le-Monial tourism and travel guide

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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

Paray-le-Monial 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 Paray-le-Monial. For detailed visitor information see the Paray-le-Monial travel guide.

Attractions in Paray-le-Monial

Paray-le-Monial basilica is an impressive 12th century church in the romanesque style: Paray-le-Monial basilica

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Anzy-le-Duc at 15 km and Semur-en-Brionnais at 21 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!

Paray-le-Monial basilica

Paray-le-Monial basilica

Church less than one km (direction east-south-east)

Paray-le-Monial basilica is an impressive 12th century church in the romanesque style...

See Paray-le-Monial basilica guide
Anzy-le-Duc

Anzy-le-Duc

at 15 km (direction south-south-west)

Much the most visited site in this pretty village is the Priory...

See Anzy-le-Duc guide
Semur-en-Brionnais

Semur-en-Brionnais

Most Beautiful Village at 21 km (direction south)

As well as the pretty village itself, you can also visit the...

See Semur-en-Brionnais guide
Cluny

Cluny

at 41 km (direction east)

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

See Cluny guide
 
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Lapalisse

Lapalisse

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

The renaissance style Chateau de la Palice, its internal decorations and its...

See Lapalisse guide
Cormatin

Cormatin

at 45 km (direction east)

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

See Cormatin guide
Solutre-Pouilly

Solutre-Pouilly

at 50 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Solutre-Pouilly guide
Belleville

Belleville

at 62 km (direction east-south-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Belleville guide

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

Map of places to visit near Paray-le-Monial

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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)

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Tourist attractions near Paray-le-Monial, France

What to do at Paray-le-Monial? 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)
 
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Geography and distances

Paray-le-Monial is in the eastern-center of France at 57 kilometres from Macon, the department capital (general information: Paray-le-Monial is 298 kilometres from Paris).

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

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

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