Mâcon (pop 35,000) lies on the western bank of the Saône River and is the capital of the Mâconnais district- the southernmost wine-growing region in Burgundy that is reputed for producing great, dry white wines. Hence, putting up in the town allows you to explore this region fully.

This is not to say that Mâcon has no sights of its own. In fact, this city has been in existence since pre-Roman times and it has a few good stories to tell.  Musée Lamartine is the most popular museum in town [41 rue Sigorgne, +33 385399038 ad/ch €2.50/Free]. Located in the heart of Mâcon’s commercial district, the Musée documents the life of hometown most famous son, Alphonse de Lamartine. The Romantic poet and politician is best known for setting the foundation for the Second Republic. A ticket to the Lamartine museum will also allow you into the Musée des Ursulines [5 rue des Ursulines, +33 385399038 www.macon.fr], named after the 17th century Ursuline convent that it ‘inhabits’ and is known for its comprehensive collection ranging from archaeology to fine arts. Displays include Gallo-Roman relics, 19th century displays of the typical Mâconnais lifestyle and artworks from the 16th to 20th centuries.






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MÂCON:   1. Tourist office  2. Train station (west of map limits)  3. Musée Lamartine  4. Musée des Ursulines  5. Roche de Solutré  (west of map limits; zoom out 5 clicks)


FRANCE BURGUNDY SAONNE ET LOIRE Macon Roche Solutré et vignobleThe wine-growing Mâconnais district lies a few kilometers west of town and is home to the Musée de Préhistoire de Solutré  [Soultré-Pouilly, +33 385358683, ad/ch €3.50/Free]. Set atop the limestone escarpment of Roche de Solutré- one of Europe's largest prehistoric sites that used to function as a hunting ground in the Upper Paleolithic period (35,000–10,000 BC). Indeed, the location has given its name to the prehistoric culture of the Upper Peleolithic- called the Solutrean. Here, you will find remnants of the extinct plant species and a host of other artefacts that were mainly excavated in the 19th century. An urban legend surrounds the rock: that primitive man drove wild horses off the escarpment edge during hunting- but this theory has now been comprhensively discounted.