Mâcon, a French town, is the capital of the Mâconnais region, a prefecture in the department of Saône-et-Loire, in the province of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

It has a population of 33 427 inhabitants. It is the seventh largest town in Burgundy, after Dijon, Besançon, Belfort, Chalon-sur-Saône, Auxerre, Nevers.

Mâcon is the most southernly town of Burgundy

Surrounded by the Mâconnais vineyards, Mâcon is located between the massif of Jura and the Massif central.

The next closest town is Bourg-en-Bresse (35 km). Mâcon is 60 km from Chalon-sur-Saône and 65 km from Lyon.

Mâcon is easily accessible via the motorways and railways on the Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux, Nantes, Genève axes.

Bike
Mâcon is a great place for cyclists, with 30 km of cycle routes and more than 3,6 km of cycle lanes within the town.
Mâcon is connected to the town of Tournus via the blue route, and to Chalon-sur-Saône via the green route.

Train
Mâcon has good high-speed train links to the cities of Paris, Lyon, Marseille. The town of Dijon is also within easy reach.

Boat
The town is also accessible by boat via the Saône, the Rhône and the even Mediterranean sea !
You may be surprised to learn that Mâcon welcomes 70 000 tourists every year arriving by cruise boat.

Tourism
Most of the local shops are situated in the vicinity of the town hall. This is also the town’s historic centre, where you will find historical monuments such as the cathedral of Saint-Vincent, the church of Saint-Pierre…) as well as museums.

Entertainment Venues

Concert Halls and Clubs
• Le Spot is a venue which hosts concerts, shows, sporting events, seminars conventions, trade fairs and exhibitions.
• Le Théâtre Louis-Escande, the national theatre of Mâcon is a contemporary arts venue.
• La Cave à Musique is a modern music venue.
• Le Crescent Jazz Club is a jazz club with concerts and jam sessions.
• L’Orphée Théâtre is a small ‘Italian style’ independent theatre. As well as a classical and comptemporary repertory, it is a venue for live music performances and poetry readings.
• L’Auditorium de Mâcon is the concert hall for the music school of Mâcon.
• La cathédrale Saint-Vincent is a classical music venue, principally for the Mâcon Symphonic Orchestra.
Open-Air Venues
• L’esplanade Lamartine becomes a diverse concert venue during the summer festival “Été frappé”.
• La place Saint-Pierre is where you can find classical music concerts most often given by the the Mâcon Symphonic Orchestra.

Cultural Events and Festivals
• L’Été frappé is a free music festival which takes place from the end of June until the end of August throughout the whole town (concerts, cinema, theatre sport…).
o Le Crescent Jazz Club organises a three-day jazz festival
o The festival Les Nuits d’Été de Mâcon offers free classical music concerts
• La Cave à Musique offers open-air concerts with aperatifs in the courtyard
• The town is also home to many talented music groups

Religious Monuments
The cathedral of Vieux-Saint-Vincent is one of the many religious sites that Macon is home to. Situated in the town centre, this cathedral dating from the eleventh century is classed as an historic monument.

Culinary Heritage
Among the many specialities of Maçon are the l’andouillette mâconnaise, eggs en meurette or grattons. L’idéal mâconnais is a cake of meringue filled with butter cream. La gaufrette mâconnaise is a thinly rolled gaufre.
The town is surrounded by 5 000 hectacres of vineyards and produces 49 million bottles of wine each year, such as saint-véran or pouilly-fuissé.

Le Mâconnais ou chèvreton de Mâcon is an outstanding goats cheese with an ‘AOC’ (”Appellation d’origine controlée’ ) label. The yearly wine competition of the Mâconnais and Beaujolais Saint Vincent regions are held each January in Mâcon. This competition is open to all the wine growers and wine-making cooperatives in the areas of Mâcon and Villefranche-sur-Saône.

The west of Maçon is home of the world-famous Charolais Beef. La Bresse, to the east of Mâcon is known for its beautiful white poultry which have been awarded the AOC label.