Activities and Attractions
(2 miles / 3kms away)
is situated along the main traffic links and is the
ideal starting point for a tour of the Beaujolais
and its great wines. Founded in the 12 th cebtury
by Humbert III, the Sire of Beaujeu, Belleville quickly
grew into a centre of trade and commerce, thanks to
its traders, barrel-makers and river port. Two monuments
bear witness to its rich past, the church of Notre-Dame
and the Hôtel-Dieu.
The city also often enjoys a more modern and sporty
atmosphere when it hosts a stage of the Paris-Nice
cycling race and the yearly international Montgolfiades
(hot air ballons) in the Beaujolais, to the great
amusement of the young and old.
Le Beaujolais (3miles / 5 kms away)
Everybody knows the Beaujolais is worldwide famous.
Spreading from the North of the Rhône Département
to the South of the Saône-et-Loire Département,
this region is worth visiting, staying and even touring.
Beaujeu is the historic capital of this old French
province, hence its name, but the current official
capital is Villefranche-sur-Saône.
Château de Fléchère - Fareins
(5 miles / 7kms away)
It is a remarkable monument. Another interesting thing
about it is that it has always been a Protestant temple.
Basilique, église du St. Ars-sur-Formans (16
When the Curé of Ars, St. Jean-Marie Vianney,
first saw the modest church of Ars, it looked like
most Romanesque churches in Ain. One of his first
concerns was to restore the building.
The choir section is all that is left of the 12th
century church and it is too small to welcome today's
crowds. The side chapels ordered by the Curé
of Ars bear witness to his zeal and devotion.
Before dying, he approved the expansion plan of the
Basilica which he wished to dedicate to Saint-Philomena.
Bossan, the Fourvière Basilica architect, later
carried out the plans. The church now hosts the preserved
body of the Holy Curate in a shrine.
(9 miles / 15kms away)
Between the Dombes and the Bresse near the Beaujolais
hills, Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne is a small town
which enjoys economic and business dynamism, along
with a rich cultural and historical heritage, a most
enjoyable living and natural environment. It is listed
among the green holiday resorts, a winner of the National
Prize for its floral contribution, a 4-flower city,
listed 'one of the most beautiful detours in France',
and was awarded the 'City and the Applied Arts' label.
Dombes (10 miles / 16 kms aways)
It is a wide plateau with clay soils and a thousand
ponds which extends the lands of Bresse towards the
South. With the plateau gradually subsiding on the
southern, eastern and western sides, the Dombes joins
the valleys of the rivers Rhône, Ain and Saône,
meeting its borders at the riverbeds.
Enjoy the guided tours for groups around the ponds
of the Dombes to discover the functionning of their
ecosystems, the fauna and the flora, hiking with a
certified guide through the wild fauna and flora,
and visit the ornithological reserve of Villars
Mâconnais (19 miles / 30 kms away)
It is a small region of the Saône-et-Loire
lying on the western border of the Massif Central.
Its geographic borders more or less correspond to
the district of Mâcon. Its major towns are Mâcon,
Cluny, and Tournus. Its wines have quite a reputation
and wine making is the main economic activity here.
Its vineyard spreads from Tournus to the doorstep
of Beaujolais.It is the southernest and the largest
of all Burgundy's vineyards with 6,500 hectares.
(22 miles / 35 kms away)
French romantic poet Lamartine was born here. The
house, built in 1605, is located on a wine estate.
The town is so proud of it, it decided to add the
name of the poet to its own.
(38 miles / 60 kms away)
It is a medieval fortified city built on a promontory
of the Dombes, and is listed among the most beautiful
villages in France. It is one of the few fortunate
places where man's work perfectly blends into nature.
Old stone houses where craftsmen, merchants and labourers
of the land once lived.
Most houses date back to the 15th century, a time
of economic and demographic prosperity .
(30 miles / 50 kms away)
Known as the Capital of the Gauls, the city was
designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is must-see
for tourists from all over the world and includes
the old town, St-John's cathedral, the Fourvière
Basilica, the Golden-Head Park ...