You are in Southern Burgundy and to set the scene, a few numbers are enough. The Saône-et-Loire has about 250 Romanesque churches and chapels, 190 castles, from the feudal fortress to the manor house and the Renaissance castle, about thirty of which are open to visitors, 100 museums, 7 caves and archaeological sites, not to mention a remarkable industrial heritage. Not to be missed: Paray-le-Monial and its Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the castles of Cormatin, Sully and Brancion, the abbeys of Cluny and Tournus. The Saône-et-Loire is also Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, two beautiful cities on the banks of the Rhône, gastronomic restaurants and excellent wines, but also a land of know-how. Set off on the road to factories and factory outlets, heritage businesses, sock factories, chocolate or cigar factories, earthenware or perfume factories.

Come and hike on the bargemen's path, in the bocage, the vineyard or in the undergrowth, come and sail on the Saône, the Seille or the canal from Roanne to Digoin, come with your family to visit the theme parks and enjoy the activities dedicated to children. To continue with the figures, this country has thirty appellations of AOC and other PDO wines, Bresse poultry, goat cheeses from the Mâconnais and Charolais, Charolles beef, Bresse churned butter, Bresse cream. All good things! Finally, this department is home to the Solutré rock, a great site in France, a prehistoric, landscaped and wine-growing site in the Macônnais that attracts many visitors.

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In Saône-et-Loire, nothing is fixed in the landscape or the climate: the weather changes quickly and the lights are varied, as are the atmospheres, sometimes it is the fog that blurs the contours, sometimes it is the sun that makes the blonde stones of the houses and the rocks of the hillsides shine. But of course, it is in summer that the sun shines the most. And it is in summer that the high tourist season is. Autumn is also very busy, especially in the vineyards. On Pentecost Sunday, the friends of François Mitterrand perpetuate the pilgrimage on the rock of Solutré. For the great street theatre festival of Chalon-sur-Saône, Chalon dans la rue, it is in July that you will have to come to Saône-et-Loire.

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