In the Charolais-Brionnais area, renowned cattle country
Paray-le-Monial (25 kilomètres)
Stroll through the cobbled streets of the historic centre, reminiscent of the medieval past of the town, on the way stop in front of the jewel of Romanesque art : the basilica of the Sacré Coeur which is th best preserved in Burgundy. Visit the various museums with varied themes, collection of works of art, Christmas crib figures, tiles or mosaics. Browse in the shops of the town centre.
Digoin ( 25 kilomètres)
This town is particularly known for its beautiful Canal Bridge which was built in stone in the 1830s. The canal passes over the Loire. A must-see! A town served by water and specialising in ceramics, these two themes are explored two museums.
La Clayette (27 kilomètres)
Admire the pretty town that stretches along the edge of the lake that surrounds its majestic fortified manor house. The recently restored Saint-Avoye Chapel is now an art gallery.
Chauffailles (27 kilomètres)
Located at the foot of the Col des Echarmeaux, a favourite uphill challenge for cyclists, the landscape of this region alternates between meadows and coniferous forests. There are beautiful Romanesque buildings to be discovered as well as a majestic viaduct. The town offers manu exhibitions at the Château de Chauffailles and a varied programme (concerts, shows) is given at the Espace Culturel.
Charolles (30 kilomètres)
Charolles is nicknamed "The Venice of the Charolais" because of the rivers and canals that run through it. Go up to the tower of Charles le Téméraire to enjoy the panorama of the old town. At the Prieuré Museum (a Clunisian site), the famous faIence (glazed pottery) of Charolles has pride of place, surrounded by medieval sculptures and high-quality regional paintings.
Gueugnon (40 kilomètres)
Nestled in the plain of Arroux, Gueugnon is mainly known for its industry. The forges of Gueugnon are the origin of the economic success of the town and the history of the town is entwinned with that of its forges. Indeed, the population of the town grew at the rate of its industries, thus ensuring its prosperity.
Bourbon-Lancy (54 kilomètres)
Stroll through the heart of Bourbon-Lancy... Between the half-timbered houses, the cobbled streets and the exhibition of portraits, you will discover a surprising town.
For 2 000 years, this town has been famous for its thermal baths, so we invite you for a traditional health "cure" to pamper yourself.
For more information contact : Tourist Office - 03 85 89 18 27 - www.tourisme-bourbonlancy.com
In the Roannais
Charlieu (21 kilomètres)
Sitting on the route of the Saint-Jacques de Compostela pilgrim's path, the town of Charlieu is ranked among the "most beautiful detours of France" and invites you to discover an exceptional heritage. In the picturesque streets of the town, stroll between stone houses and half-timbered houses. Do not miss : The Benedictine Abbey, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the Cordeliers convent, the Saint-Philibert church with is 15th century choir stalls.
Le Crozet (23 kilomètres)
Mairie le Crozet
This village contains houses from the 2th to the 16th centuries which bear witness to a rich past and will delight visitors charmed by this peaceful, flowery village.
Roanne (30 kilomètres)
This large town contains many ancient remains : Gallo-Roman pottery kilns of the 2nd century, baptisteries of the High Middle Ages, the castle whose keep is dated the twelfth century. This dynamic and commercial centre has a theatre, a museum, a marina...
A little further away...
DIVERTIPARC (52 kilomètres)
Enter Diverti'parc and discover a 12 hectare space of a new kind ! Mazes, giant games, a reserve park of 30 international breeds of cow a large cargo net assault course.
Enjoy a day of pure family fun in the fresh air. Relax on the inflatable games and trampolines or play mini golf. You can even rent unusual accommodation !
LE PAL à Saint-Pourçain-sur-Bresbre (60 kilomètres)
Theme Park and zoo located in the department of Allier. It has 26 attractions and more than 700 animals spread over an area of 50 hectares, with various animal shows.
Accommodation, in the form of safari style lodges on stilts, it also available.
You can discover the Beaujolais through the wine route, 140 kilometres that will amaze your eyes and your taste buds. From Châne to the outskirts of Lyon, make a stop in dozens of villages where you can discover their heritage, wines and delicacies.
and finish your trip at Lyon (125 kilomètres),
Lyon was the capital of Roman Gaul and is full of charm and culture, with its many museums that immerse us in the history and culture of Lyon. This city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, invites you to visit its historic districts such as Old Lyon, Fourvière, Croix-Rousse...
Or make a stop in the Cluny region
Nestled between the areas around Charolles and Macon, this region will delight lovers of unspoilt countryside and history. Cluny is famous for the ruins of its abbey and one of the national horse studs. The landscape alternates between vineyard and forest, crisscross the neighbouring villages to discover charming Romanesque churches or castles, by car or on the Voie-Verte.
Follow the river Allier
Vichy (63 kilomètres)
With its abundant historic architecture, its prestigious Art Nouveau Opera House, its thermal spa centre, its prestigious residential district, its racecourse, its parks and gardens and especially its comparable setting... Vichy is nicknamed "The Queen of the Cities of Waters".
And further to Clermont-Ferrand (130 kilomètres)
Located at the gateway to the volcanoes, the Puy-de-Dôme mountain chain rises to more than 1,464 meters. Capital of the Department of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand is above all a university ans industrial city and is home to the famous Michelin tyre factory. There are many buildings to discover : a Gothic cathedral, a Romanesque basilica, fountains and statues...