Macon, France

The town of Mâcon, 70km north of Lyon on the west bank of the Saône, sits at the heart of the Mâconnais, Burgundy’s southernmost winegrowing area, which produces mainly dry whites. The city has a pair of museums, some excellent restaurants and a small but pleasant-enough historic centre consisting of a narrow strip of pedestrian-friendly streets near the riverfront.
Beyond these urban attractions, Mâcon’s main appeal lies in the surrounding countryside. If you’re after top-quality Mâconnais wines, head to the nearby villages of Fuissé, Vinzelles and Pouilly, which produce the area’s best whites. For a bird’s eye perspective on the entire region, don’t miss the easy climb to the summit of Roche de Solutré, 10km west of town.