BEAUJOLAIS: AN EYEFUL OF GOLD!
Amidst the vineyards, admire the hilltop villages built in ochre shades of golden stones.
◊ Morning: On your way to the village of Oingt, classed as one of the prettiest villages in France, take a moment to visit other authentic golden stone villages: Jarnioux, ville sur Jarnioux and Theizé.
Enter Oingt through the Nizy portal, and roam the medieval streets with old fashioned names, where you may encounter renowned artists and artisans. Don’t forget to climb up the XII century dungeon tower, visit the castle chapel, which is now the church of St Mathew, the area dedicated to mechnical music has one of the best collections in France of barrel organs and pianolas.
◊ Lunch: Restaurant La feuillée - Le bourg - 69620 Theizé - 04 74 71 22 19 Authentic homemade food from 18€50 pp (cf. week 6)
La table du Donjon - 64 petite rue du marché - 69620 Oingt - 04 74 71 20 24 More up market but also with authentic homemade food, from 27€ pp (cf .week 42)
◊ Afternoon: Take a birds’ eye view of Beaujolais from Frontenas aerodrome (by plane or helicopter). Flight from 33 € pp. Continue this exceptional afternoon with afternoon tea at Château de Bagnols, a 13th century historic establishment, considered one of the most beautiful medieval hotels in the world! (Week-end: 15€ pp). (cf. week 42)
On the way back, take time to admire the villages of Châtillon d’Azergues, Charnay, as well as the panoramic view point at the tour Chappe in Marcy sur Ans, then go to Lachassagne which overlooks the Saône valley.
◊ Wine tasting domaine: Cave Saint-Cyr - Les Perrelles - 69480 Anse - 04 74 60 23 69
A +: organic wine, lovely boutique for gift ideas, large selection of Beaujolais wines. (cf. week 23)
◊ Gastronomic dinner: Restaurant Au Colombier - Pont de Saint Bernard - 69480 Anse - 04 74 67 04 68 Maître chef, Bib gourmand in the Michelin guide, Toque Blanche, “bistronomie” trophy. (cf. week 9)
◊ Leisure ideas: The weavers museum-workshop at L’Arbresle, discover the history of silk and velvet weaving and guided tour of old l’Arbresle (cf week 25 and 02s). Lucenay golf course (cf. week 23), Balade Beaujolais Gyropode for begin- ners and tour at Anse (cf week 04). The lake at le Colombier with the miniature train (cf. week 11). Buisant’âne in Bois d’Oingt. Visit a quarry at Carrière de Glay. Fishing in the Azergues or the Saône or the lake in Anse and also at the Saint Hubert pond in Ambérieux. The stables at the vieux pressoir in Bagnols. Chantemerle pony club in Charnay. Hot air balloon ride with Altirêve at Morancé. (cf. week 37). Visit the Château de Rapetour in Theizé (sundy afternoon)
◊ Tips: Campsite Spa les portes du beaujolais Lunch at the 5* luxury hotel Château de Bagnols from de 28€ pp, weekdays only. (cf week 42). The Contes du Patrimoine provide you in Oingt a French or bilingual French-English guided tour of Oingt village for a 1h30. These tours introduce the territory and Beaujolais vineyards, emblematic buildings as well. After these tours, a wine tasting can be scheduled within a wine cellar (registration upon booking) (cf. week 24).