Named after the two rivers which flank the department, Saone-et-Loire is a landlocked department in the Burgundy region of eastern France. Saone-et-Loire is a beautiful rural department where outdoor activities and gastronomy have created a prime holiday destination.
Due to the abundance of wine which is produced in Saone-et-Loire, many people take a self catering Saone-et-Loire property for wine tasting holidays. The department is also known for its fine gastronomy, from flavourful local cheeses to delicious gateau, making a food and wine holiday a real indulgence! There are however a huge number of scenic walk to be enjoyed across the department so you can explore the various terrains of the department, from thick forests to deep valleys. Many of these can be covered on horse back and mountain bike too.
Across the department are 7 top class golf courses too, of which 5 have a full 18 holes. They are located throughout the department, and are open to the public all year round.
Taking a Saone-et-Loire property is a great option for fishermen as well. The department boasts over 4,000km of rivers and 1,200 hectares of lakes, teaming with trout, perch, carp and pike. There are also stretches devoted to water sports, with designated swimming areas, canoeing, water skiing and sailing available on many lakes.
As a rural region, the wildlife in Saone-et-Loire is extensive, and family holidays can really benefit from the abundant wildlife parks like Touroparc and the Eden Nature Discovery Centre.
From some of the higher points in Saone-et-Loire, hang gliding, parachuting and rock climbing thrive. Chasselas and Saint-Jean-de-Vaux are the best places for climbing, with schools and guide centres located in both towns.
The Cote d’Or is a special region which has become a leading holiday destination for two reasons; wine and rock climbing. The Cote d’Or is Burgundy’s most prolific wine producing area, and connoisseurs have been taking property in Saone-et-Loire for many years to visit the Cote d’Or. Rock climbers are just as entertained whilst in the Cote d’Or, as there are a large number of steep, rocky gorges to tackle.
The weather in Saone-et-Loire is notoriously warm, with summers often reaching over 30˚C during the day. In winter, temperatures drop to around 30˚C, and there are regular showers which keep the rivers flowing well.
To reach a holiday rental property in Saone-et-Loire, you must catch a flight from either Manchester (MAN) or Liverpool (LPL) to Dijon-Bourgogne Airport (DIJ). From the airport, there are a range of transfer options, depending on the exact location of your villa or gite in Saone-et-Loire.