Things to do


Hiking and Cycling

There are many attractive hiking and cycling opportunities in the area, including several in the immediate vicinity of the house. The voie verte - a cycle path stretching over 100 km with a smooth tarmac surface using the foundation of old railway and haulage paths - is especially popular with cyclists and inline skaters. This path is accessible in St. Gengoux, south to Taizé/Cluny/Macon and north to Buxy/Givry/Chalon while passing many picturesque villages along the way.


Wine

A wine route has been demarcated in the area - the Route des grands crus de Bourgogne. It runs south of Dijon (the Côte-d'Or), and goes to the Beaune area (the Côte de Beaune) and then further south to Saint Gengoux (the Côte Chalonnaise). There are, of course, many opportunities to taste and buy at the local domaines on the way.
www.bourgogne-wines.com


Cuisine

The discerning gourmet will feel at home in Burgundy. All price ranges are well represented - from Michelin Guide listed restaurants (several Bib Gourmand as well as one and even three starred entries in the Guide), to cheap and cheerful, good-value-for-money family eateries which can often be found in even the smallest villages. Even the cheap meals served in the truck stops (usually between 12 and 1 pm) are often tasty traditional fare and of good quality.

Rather cook yourself? Try cuts of the famous local Charolais beef, or prepare a meal with the equally renowned Bresse chicken.


Swimming


Boat Cruises

From Chalon or Mâcon one can take cruises along the Saône River - with dinner if you prefer. The river view of the Burgundy countryside is a unique experience.


Tennis

In the village visitors can rent a tennis court (very basis accommodation) via the tourist office in St. Gengoux.


Golf

The southern Burgundy area has seven golf facilities including five 18-hole courses. You will find them in the more urbanized areas including Chalon, Beaune, Monceau-les-Mines and Mâcon.


Horse Riding and Equestrian Sports

Cluny is a renowned centre for equestrian sports with a famous stud farm. For horse lovers is a visit to the centre a must.
See:  www.haras-nationaux.fr  for more information.
There is opportunity for horse riding excursions and lessons. Or an excursion with the whole family with horse and wagon.


Markets

In the mid and high season there are (usually in the weekends) many antique, collectibles and junk markets. There is also a second-hand book market every first Sunday of the month in Cuisery (near Tournus).

Regular markets (where the discerning epicurean Burgundian buys his food) are on Saturday mornings in Cluny and Sunday mornings in Chagny. Very popular is the food market on the Sunday morning in Chalon in the square and a side street in front of the cathedral. And don't forget the market in St. Gengoux on the mornings of the first and third Tuesday of the month.

On Monday morning there is a large farmers' market in Louhans.

During the week there are regular markets in villages in the area, albeit on a smaller scale.
For detais see:  www.marches-de-saone-et-loire.com 


Concerts

In the mid and high season there are often musical performances - often in one of the many Romanesque churches in the area. The beautiful church in Chapaize is a favored location for concerts.




To visit



Available in the house, as well as in the local Office du Tourisme are detailed 
    brochures to sufficiently inform you of all things happening in the area

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view from hiking path the old Abbey church of Cluny cycling on the Voie vert online skater on the Voie verte La Chapelle-sous-Brançion the beach of Lacs de Laives Burgundian gastronomy grape harvest in September view from hiking path one of the many castles in the region