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Saône-et-loire

Discover our region

Burgundy: come and visit us
Saône-&-Loire, stretching between Lyon and Dijon, is the southernmost of Burgundy-Franche-Comté's departments. Easily accessible, the area is serviced by a vast motorway network (Mâcon/Lyon: 40 min by car, Mâcon/Dijon: 90 min by car), as well as by two high-speed (TGV) rail stations.

Our destinations

The abundance on display in Southern Burgundy

Our must-stops

Open your eyes real wide

Our treasures

Enliven your senses

Cycling

Saône-&-Loire has earned itself a reputation among touring cyclists and it's no accident: as the birthplace of France's Greenways movement, between Cluny and Givry, the department's bicycle touring itineraries are numerous, varied, bucolic and not at all intimidating. Among this multitude of possibilities, make your way onto the Great Southern Burgundy Loop.

Cycling in Saône & Loire
Cycling
All about wine

Southern Burgundy, a wine country nurtured by both tradition and passion, boasts a large number of authentic wineries, unique appellations, splendid estates and an industry shaped by dedicated, generous professionals. Enter Saône-&-Loire with the key to wines in your hand: it will open doors leading to enjoyment and discovery.

Vignobles Pouilly Fuissé - Saône-&-Loire
All about wine
Romanesque heritage

On a valley floor, the small churches of Saint-Martin-la-Vallée in Semur and Mazille inspire contemplation. At the centre of Blanot, the Romanesque church harmoniously juxtaposes the priory house. The giant Lombard campanile mounted in Chapaize, stretching 35 metres upward, can be seen kilometres away. The massive Mont Saint-Vincent church sits so high atop its namesake peak that it even lost its steeple.

Romanesque heritage - Cluny - Saône-&-Loire
Romanesque heritage
Gastronomy

World-renowned products, double-digit AOC/AOP* appellations awarded, prestigious restaurants, chefs showcasing their talents: if there's a region where the word "Gastronomy" really applies, no doubt Southern Burgundy would be it. You'll find here the various gastronomic references that have contributed to the area's renown well beyond our borders.

Saône-&-Loire - Gastronomy
Gastronomy
Outings

Saône-&-Loire is highly prized by cyclists, out for the day or touring, all types of walkers, horseback riding enthusiasts and waterway navigators for a good reason: this is the ideal playground for all lovers of physical activity and discovery. Are you more inclined to put on your walking shoes, saddle a horse, unmoor a boat, or all three at the same time? Are you drawn to spectacular panoramic vistas? Whatever your temperament and desires, Saône-&-Loire has more than ample resources to propose the outing of your dreams. 

Saône-&-Loire - Outings
Outings

Our offerings

Prepare your stay

Saône-&-Loire offers a wide range of lodging options to spend a comfortable night or reserve for a weekend or full week of holidays. Choices abound: traditional hotels or chain establishments, charming bed & breakfast inns, self-catering and furnished accommodations (with labels like "Accueil Paysan", "Gîtes de France", "Fleurs de Soleil"), stays by the night in out-of-the-ordinary lodging like the Nature Ecolodge ("Vache Ecolodge") or flat barge accommodations.

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Lodging

Have a great time, be active, enjoy an exploration of Saône-&-Loire. A wide array of activities to satisfy all interests and fulfil all desires: discovery of heritage sites, charming landscaped villages to behold, initiation to many local customs and trades, non-impact sports activities, and let's not overlook the multiple theme-based parks.

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Activities

Through their extensive expertise, these establishments embody and perpetuate the region's culture and vast heritage while also generating renown well beyond Burgundy's borders. You'll discover here a few of the factories, companies and stores that are so emblematic of Saône-&-Loire and representative of outstanding local craftsmanship. These establishments eagerly invite you to discover their talents and their production.

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Visit

Get to know and appreciate the Saône-et-Loire's gastronomic treasures! Many award-winning gourmet restaurants await your visit, eager to have you taste the area's authentic specialities. From all four corners of the department, a wide array of open-air markets will introduce you to Southern Burgundy's outstanding culinary products, many of which have been granted AOP and AOC appellation status: Bresse poultry, Charolais beef, goat cheeses, butter and cream. Cooking classes are organised for you to learn how to prepare these delicacies and accompany them with the best local wines.

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