Culture and patrimony



Southern Burgundy has more than 189 castles from feudal fortresses, Renaissance castles, castle of the century mansions of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Remarkable heritage and noble expression of Burgundy, 30 castles open their doors as an invitation to the discovery of history. Among them:
• Dree Castle, the small Versaille Brionnais (20 min)
• Castle Pierreclos dominating the Grosne valley (30 min)
• The castle of Cormatin with golden halls and gardens with water features (35 min)
Take the road from the South châteaux in Burgundy or your walks, let yourself be charmed by splendid medieval houses.


> COUNTRY OF ART AND HISTORY, the cradle of Roman art


Burgundy was born two largest monastic reform movements of the Middle Ages from a spiritual point of view but also intellectual, artistic and even political influence throughout Europe.
You will discover a rich heritage, a witness to all artistic eras with these multiple Cistercian or Benedictine monasteries, Hotel Dieu and apothecaries.
Near the campsite, you will encounter an abundance of Romanesque churches of Cluny style nestled in villages of character: Church of Blanot (30mn), Church of Saint Madeleine (Charnay-Les-Macon) (25 minutes) …

Small towns and beautiful cities are conducive to strolling mingling with traditional Burgundian architecture dynamism and ancient monuments and meet artists and craftsmen who have found a haven here.

Of these, close to the campsite:
• CLUNY (20 minutes): Cluny Abbey and its monastic town:
In the Middle Ages, the Benedictine Abbey, a large masterpiece of Romanesque, extended its influence to the whole of Burgundy medieval Europe. Besides his abbey, the town has an exceptional heritage consists of many houses XII and XIV century. and a remarkable Hotel Dieu.
> The Abbey and the Museum of Art and Archaeology
> The Cheese Tour


• CHAROLLES (20 mins): City of Charles the Bold, nicknamed « Little Venice Charolais » because of his thirty two bridges and gateways.
The city of Charles the Bold: the XIV S., the city retains vestiges of the castle of the counts of Charollais with the proud tower of the Bold and the tower of diamonds now occupied by the town hall. View from the terraced gardens.
> The Priory: museum with a collection of Charolles pottery
> Museum René Davoine Faïenceries


• PARAY-LE-MONIAL (30mn): Paray-le-Monial, cradle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is at the edge of the Charollais and Brionnais, on the banks of the Bourbince that runs along the Canal du Centre. The basilica is a magnificent example of Cluniac architecture.
Sacred Heart basilica built between 1090 and jet 1109, the church was restored in the nineteenth and twentieth S., can be considered a contemporary scale model of the famous Benedictine abbey of Cluny.
> The pilgrimage: the room of relics, the Chapelins Ground, the Visitation Chapel;
> City Hall: it dates from the sixteenth S. and Renaissance.
> Hieron Museum: Museum of Sacred Art.
> Museum of earthenware Charollaise
> Tour St Nicolas: the sixteenth century. it is the bell tower of the old church of St Nicolas.


• TOURNUS (1 h): the city has the rustic setting of the hills of the Mâconnais, a region of old buildings and renowned wines favored by the mild climate.
> The monastic city: the abbey
> Church St Philibert X and XI S.,
> Abbey Buildings; cloister; chapter house; abbey home; refectory; storeroom.
> Burgundian Museum: Folk museum consists of collections donated to the city.
> Greuze Museum: dedicated to the painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805), born in Tournus. Sentimental work. Old houses.
> View of the bridge and docks: beautiful view of the St Philibert church.
> Madeleine Church, S. XII


• BRANCION (50 mins): the old feudal village of Brancion is perched on a ridge overlooking two deep ravines. It forms a picturesque ensemble in one of the most interesting sites in Macon.
> Feudal castle of the tenth S. From the dungeon, where a viewpoint is located, has a nice overview of the village and its church on the Grosne valley and the mountains of Charollais and Morvan.
> St Peter’s Church: Building S. XII Romanesque. To see: the frescoes of the XIV S. Since the church terrace, located at the end of the promontory, we discover the entire valley.

And many others yet to be discovered…



Burgundy were born two great currents that marked the religious history of Europe: the Benedictine and Cistercian orders.
• Buddhists have their flagship France with miles Buddhas Temple.
• Progress on the road to Earth Santiago de Compostela

• TAIZE (30mn): This charming village perched on the hills of the Grosne welcomes tens of thousands of young people from around the world came in the summer praying in a fraternal spirit.
Brother Roger: ecumenism in Burgundy. Originally Switzerland, he settles in Taizé in 1940 and creates a community. In 1949, there are seven to commit to the life of monastic vows. Brother Roger became prior and in 1952, he wrote the « Rule of Taizé. »
> Church of Reconciliation: inaugurated in 1962, it is the place of prayer.
> Parish Church this Romanesque church, the 12th S., lit by loopholes in stained glass, was redeveloped in a spare style. Also used for the ecumenical prayer of the community, it is especially dedicated to the personal and silent prayer.



Alphonse de Lamartine was born in Mâcon in 1790 and spent his childhood in Milly. His great love of youth, Elvira, triggered his vocation for letters. Throughout his life, Lamartine will lead simultaneously literary careers and first-rate policy.
Retired from politics in 1849 and heavily in debt, Lamartine spends the rest of his life in the Mâconnais, his native land. He died in Paris in 1869 and now based in Saint-Point. His main works are Jocelyn, The Fall of an Angel, Graziella and the History of the Girondins.
You will find in this circuit of 64 km poetic and historical footprint of the man of the country. You will pass through the villages, houses and landscapes that inspired the artist including his childhood home in Milly-Lamartine, Saint-Point castle in which he lived or the castle of Pierreclos.
Everywhere you will find the presence and vivid memory of the poet.



Southern Burgundy, a breeding ground for crafts! Impressive in number, these professionals demonstrate expertise and unparalleled creativity. Talented, they have mastered the art of working the material and the sublime, the taste of craftsmanship in every detail.
Open the doors of workshops, cross the threshold of galleries, shops, walk exhibitions and discover the world of craftsmen:
> Workshops open their doors: stone, instrument making, dried flowers, pottery, sculptures, jewelery, ceramics, porcelain, tapestry, ironwork, wood turning, woodwork, carvings, stained glass, glass,
> Art galleries in Cluny, Matour, Clesse, Macon
> Exhibitions: at the campsite you will find all the information about exhibitions
Multiple worlds await you, where objects have souls.