Culture and atmosphere

Smaller towns in the area such as Charolles, La Clayette (with a beautiful castle) and Matour are worth visiting. Nice cafes and shopping areas give the real French atmosphere. That specific atmosphere arises from the rich history. There are various influences of the Roman occupation many, many years ago.

In the Charolais Brionnais you can find more than 100 Roman churches and cathedrals from the 11th and 12th centuries . The route of the Roman churches brings you through all these treasures. At Bois-st-Marie (5 kilometers from Cloudeau) you can start this circuit. If you like to visit castles in the region, there are plenty of castles such as Château de Digoine, Palinges, Château de Dree near Cloudeau, Château de Chaumont, Pierreclos, Berzé-le-Chatel and Chateau de Cormatin. ‘La route des châteaux en Bourgogne du Sud' brings you along sixteen medieval fortresses and castles of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism.

The towns of Cluny, Paray-le-Monial, Digoin, Charlieu, Roanne (along the Loire river), Chauffailles, Brancion, Autun, Tournus, and Taizé are for different reasons worth visiting. Larger cities are Mâcon and Lyon. In the latter city you can visit the famous Saint-Jean Cathedral. The old center and the largest shopping center in Europe are fascinating.

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Telephone: 0033(0) 960 351 101
Email: p.vander.bijl@orange.fr
Address: Cloudeau, 71120 Ozolles, France
     
ontspanning cloudeau   L'arboretum domanial de Pezanin in Dompierre les Ormes
Musée Départemental de Solutré and 'la roche de Solutré'
The famous caves of Blanot and Azé
The basilica of Paray-le-Monial and 'Le parc du moulin Liron'
The cattle market in St- Christophe-en-Brionnais
The aqueduct and ObservaLoire in Digoin
'La maison des vieux métiers' in Châtenay
A visit to the Gaulish village of Bibracte
La Mémoire d'Oyé (only july and august) in Oyé
The ecumenical community of Taizé
The Buddhist center Kangyu Ling in Boulaye
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