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 Saone-et-Loire travel guide

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 Gauls capital city 2500 years ago
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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-Saone
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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-Monial one of the most visited sites in France
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photo of Paray-le-Monial basilica

Paray-le-Monial basilica

Paray-le-Monial basilica is an impressive 12th century church in the romanesque style
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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 in Semur-en-Brionnais
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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 one of just 30 'Grand Sites of France'
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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 historic sites
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photo of Tournus abbey

Tournus abbey

The abbey at Tournus is a 12th century abbey in roman style with a cloister, frescoes, rare mosaics and several other highlights
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For more information see the Saone-et-Loire guide

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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

Tourist attractions to visit in Saone-et-Loire

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

4* Towns in Bloom

Macon: See tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: See tourist guide

Ville d'etape


Towns of Art and History

Autun: See tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: See tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Autun: See tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: See tourist guide

Cluny: See tourist guide

Tournus: See 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): See tourist guide

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: See tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Bibracte-Mont Beuvray

Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson