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Travel Guide

Macon featuring a city

Inhabited since the Roman invasion of Gaul, the picturesque threshold to Southern Burgundy abounds with history, architecture and lovely wines.

Set among hills covered by vines and spotted with Romanesque church towers, Mâcon may appear more like a watercolor painting than a real place. Founded by the Romans, Mâcon thrived in the Middle Ages as the border town connecting France to the Holy Roman Empire. Its river, the Saône, allowed townspeople to grow rich from trade and taxes. Breathe in fresh air, sample famous white burgundy wines and enjoy the ambiance of this lively city.

Take a walking tour through history, starting at the Saint-Clément Archaeological Site south of the city. It was built as a funerary basilica in the 6th century. Admire the relatively modern Saint-Pierre Church. Enjoy a drink at Mâcon’s oldest home, the Wooden House, whose façade is adorned with carvings that have overlooked Mâconnais since the early 16th century. Wander through the Old Saint-Vincent, an ancient cathedral of which only the two towers and the portico remain.

Squint at fading labels and learn about 18th-century medicine in the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital’s Apothecary Shop, which still contains beautiful wood paneling. Visit prehistory in the Musée des Ursulines, which presents many of the region’s archaeological treasures as well as fine art. One exhibit is dedicated to Mâcon’s most famous son, the poet and minister Alphonse de Lamartine.

Spend a lazy afternoon sipping local wine on one of the terraces lining the riverbank. Stroll across the 1,000-year-old Pont Saint-Laurent connecting Mâcon to the tiny village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Saône on the other shore.

Drive to Mâcon in 1 hour from the closest international airport in Lyon or ride the train in about an hour. From Paris the trip is 4 hours by car or 3 hours by train. Mâcon’s Old Town is best explored on foot, so park your car in one of the municipal lots or leave your bags at the train station.

Mâcon’s role as the gateway to the French kingdom remains true today, as it is a perfect home base from which to explore Burgundy’s vines and historic sites.

ibis budget Macon Nord
ibis budget Macon Nord
2 out of 5
Peage Macon Nord A6, Sennece-les-Macon, Macon
The price is £45 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
Situated in Macon, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Parc Des Expositions De Macon, Pont Saint-Laurent and Golf de Macon la Salle. Musee Lamartine ...
3.7/5Good! (142 reviews)
Good pit stop just by motorway
"Room was clean and comfortable, bathroom tiny but functional. Very easy from motorway exit. Breakfast was good but a very small breakfast area during these covid times, and unfortunately the coffee machine broke down too. Staff friendly. A good budget hotel but we might skip breakfast here until ..."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2020

ibis budget Macon Nord
Best Western Plus Hotel d'Europe et d'Angleterre
Best Western Plus Hotel d'Europe et d'Angleterre
4 out of 5
92-109 Quai Jean Jaures, Macon, Saone-et-Loire
The price is £81 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
Situated in Macon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pont Saint-Laurent, Musee Lamartine and Eglise Saint-Pierre. Parc Des Expositions De Macon is 1.3 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (93 reviews)
Different and Nice.
"A nice change from chain hotels which are all very similar. Spotlessly clean and very comfortable room - and the bed was both superb and huge. No restaurant but very convenient for an eay five minute stroll into the town in the evening for dinner from a choice of quite a few very French brasseries ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel d'Europe et d'Angleterre
Hôtel de Bourgogne
Hôtel de Bourgogne
3 out of 5
6, rue Victor-Hugo, Macon, Saone-et-Loire
The price is £74 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Located in the heart of Macon, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musee Lamartine and Eglise Saint-Pierre. Pont Saint-Laurent and Parc Des Expositions ...
4/5Very Good! (419 reviews)
Nice Place; bit muddled up with COVID safe service
"Nice Hotel. Good place to stay - but a bit muddled up over their COVID procedures at Breakfast. Poor lady at breakfast did her best to serve everything to everybody based on a list completed the night before but couldn't really keep up even though it wasn't that busy. Poor receptionist had to help ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Hôtel de Bourgogne
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