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Macon lies at the southern tip of Burgundy between Beaune & Lyon and is a great base if you are looking to sample some of the Macon-Beaujolais fine wines including the extremely popular Pouilly-Fuisse - one of our favourites!

However, there is more to Macon than just great wine.  The lively town is elegantly perched on the banks of the Saone, bordered by distinctive, colourful houses that hide a fascinating historical centre.  The historical centre of Macon comes alive between June and August with a street festival called 'L'ete Frappe Plus', in which concerts and plays of all shapes and sizes can be enjoyed for free.  Don't forget to check out the Maison de Bois in the historic centre which was built in the 15th-century and is adorned with strange looking carvings. 

Just outside of Macon, the Roche de Solutre is a distinctive landmark (a rock that seems to grow out of the Pouilly-Fuisse vineyard).  Here you'll find remains from the Stone Age including flints, bones and tools.

For tours of the many surrounding vineyards, contact the tourist information centre.

What to See - Macon Attractions

Musee des Ursulines
5, rue des Ursulines, Macon 71000
Constructed in 1675, this Ursuline convent is an interesting insight into Maconnais life complete with a good stock of 16th to 20th century paintings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open daily except Mon and Sun am. Close bank hols | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 39 90 38

Musee Lamartine
41, rue Sigorgne, Macon 71000
Discover the life and works of Macon born Alphonse de Lamartine (poet and politician)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open daily except Mon & Sun am. Shut bank hols | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 39 90 38

Eglise Saint Clement
Place Saint-Clement, Macon 71000
The foundations of a 6th century church can be found here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Call to arrange visit | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 21 07 07

Le Vieux Saint-Vincent
240, rue de Strasbourg, Macon 71000
The Roman remains of two towers contribute to what remains of Macon's ancient cathedral once called the Eglise St Napoleon
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Call to arrange a visit | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 21 07 07

Hotel Dieu de Macon
344, rue des Epinoches, Macon 71000
Constructed by the architect Soufflot (who designed the Pantheon) this ancient apothecary's hospital contains some interesting pottery and furniture
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Open 1st Jun - 30 Sept daily in pms. Not mon & Sun | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 21 07 07

Centre culturel Louis-Escande
1511 avenue Charles de Gaulle, Macon 71000
A contemporary theatre which presents contemporary plays and performances
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Call for reservations + programme | Tel: +33 (0)3 85 22 82 99