397km (247 miles) SE of Paris; 127km (79 miles) S of Dijon; 87km (54 miles) S of Beaune
On the banks of the River Saône, in the south of Burgundy, Mâcon is a workaday town whose historic center is a pleasant place to spend a day just strolling around the narrow streets and along the quayside. Founded by the Celts and developed by the Romans, Mâcon is famous for being the birthplace of Romantic poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine. A good time to visit is during the Vin’Estival wine festival at the end of April, which includes a competition to find France’s best grand vin; the surrounding area is famous for its Mâconnais and Beaujolais wines. The town is particularly lively from mid-June until the end of August when the Eté Frappé festival takes place, featuring music concerts, open-air cinema, and children’s entertainment.