Macon, France

Macon is a small city (commune) in central France. It is prefecture of the Saône-et-Loire department, in the region of Bourgogne, and the capital of the Mâconnais district. The city lies on the western bank of the Saône river, between Bresse in the East and the Beaujolais hills in the South. Mâcon is the southernmost city in the region of Burgundy. It is located 65 kilometres north of Lyon and 400 kilometres from Paris.

The center is the town’s shopping area. Most shops are located near the Town Hall (rue Carnot, rue Dufour, rue Sigorgne, rue Philibert-Laguiche, rue Dombert, rue Franche, the quay Lamartine, the esplanade Lamartine and rue de la Barre). It is also the historical center of the town. Most monuments are located in that area (Cathedral of Saint-Vincent, Church Saint Pierre...), as are the town’s two museums. The town centre consists of several districts which are all rather different from each other. With its Place aux Herbes, the Saint-Antoine district is the historic heart of Mâcon.

Things to see and do

* The Old Saint-Vincent in the town centre
* Macon Cathedral
* Museum of Fine Arts
* Lamartine Museum
* The Lamartine quay

General Information

Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Euro (EUR)
Language – French
Land Area – 27.04 km²
Population – 36,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 44

Port Location – The river port at Macon is located on the Saone river

Travel Links – There are two train stations: one in the center of town for local trains and one about 10 km outside of town for the TGV from Lyon and Paris.

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