Mediterranean describes the ambiance of Mâcon, with pastel painted buildings and colorful tiled roofs. Noted for its fine regional wine, Mâcon hosts a wine festival in April.
If you miss April, head over to Maison des Vins for sampling or to the Cave de Charnay-Les-Mâcon where the cellar is opened for tasting and buying year round.
France is a land of art, music and wine. Mâcon offers its Ete frappe Festival to continue tradition. During the summer, classical, jazz, folk, and rock musicians entertain along the river bank while dance, and comedy shows emphasize the arts. With the festival’s sporting events, there is something for everyone.
Mâcon is known for being a vibrant and lively town. Stroll along Rue Carnot and Rue Dombey for shopping, or relax in one of the many cafes.
Excursions include …
- Cluny Cloister, one of the most significant abbeys of the Christian Middle Ages. Built between 1088 and 1130, the Abbey rose to a height of 575 feet, with five naves, two transepts, five belfries, 300 windows and 225 choir stalls. A massive belfry tower and the ruins of the southern transept testify to its former glory.
- Hameau-en-Beaujolais. Another excursion takes you into the heart of the vineyards around Mâcon. Tours typically take you to the prehistoric site of Solutré with stone weapons and tools dating from 2000 to 1500 BC. The rock of Solutré dominates the valley of the Saône and the wine-growing area of Pouilly-Fuissé. You follow then the Wine Road through Saint-Véran, Saint-Amour and Juliénas to the Hameau-en-Beaujolais, where you will visit the Hameau du Vin, an exceptional wine park dedicated to the history and art of wine-making. The wine Museum offers a unique collection of wine artifacts and tools dating back more than two millennia. Tours typically include a wine tasting.