THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE CAPITAL OF BEAUJOLAIS
Villefranche sur Saône, a town founded by the Squires of Beaujeu
◊ Morning: Discover, hidden behind the facades of the rue National, the listed Renaissance houses and courtyards . The 24 stage
circuit allows you to discover these historical buildings at your own pace. You may push open specific doors to appreciate the
interior refinement. Map, guide and audio guide are available at the tourist office.
Enjoy some time spent shopping, while ambling along the well known rue “Nat”, the main artery through the town,
over 1km long.
In the dip of the rue “Nat”, visit the Notre Dame des Marais church, enjoy its Romanesque origins to the flamboyant
gothic façade, covered in stone lacework, this church renders homage to Our Lady of the marshes. The 80m high steeple
dominates the town and the flag stones in front are called “Calades” from which the local inhabitants take their namethe
◊ Lunch: Brasserie Belooga - 384 boulevard Louis Blanc - 69400 Villefranche - 04 37 55 09 09 (cf. week 47)
Menu created by 2 renowned local chefs Guy Lassausaie (1* Michelin) and Hervé Raphanel, from 21€ pp
Restaurant Le 91 - 91 rue Stalingrad - 69400 Villefranche - 04 74 03 14 10
Home made, regional dishes.(cf. week 52)
◊ Afternoon: Visit the Paul Dini museum (cf. 2017 week 36), on show is a large panorama of artwork of the
Rhone-Alpes region from 1865 to the present day. Previously a grain silo, this building houses a permanent
collection of modern and contemporary art. The Cornil building, previously a textile factory, houses temporary exhibits.
This museum is nationally recognised for its 19th century collection of artwork and a fascinating museum to discover the
life and works of this exceptionnal scientist in a fun and educational way (cf. week 32). In summer, benefit from the Plan
d’eau du Bordelan with a protected swimming area under surveillance (lifeguards on duty from 10am to 7pm).
◊ Wine tasting: Domaine Jean-Pierre Rivière - 520 chemin des grands Taillis 69480 Lachassagne 04 74 67 00 67
A +: Free winetasting by a oenologist (booking necessary)
◊ Gastronomic dinner: Auberge Le Faisan doré - 686 Route de Beauregard - 69400 Villefranche
04 74 65 01 66 ( cf. week 36)
Classic French cuisine, in a rustic setting, overlooking the Saône river.
◊ Activities: Guided visits of Villefranche every Tuesday in the summer. Happy City with a Laser game. Bowling
at le Ludo. Cooking school at Table, étable et tablier in Villefranche (cf. 2016 week 51). Les ptits cuistots in Gleizé.
Speed karting in St Georges de Reneins. Hire an authentic 2CV from Bar à vins le 91 to wander through in a “vintage
fashion” along the Beaujolais roads (cf. week 52). Bordelan’s riders. (cf. week 47). In summer enjoy the evening festivities
during the Beaujolais Festival (summer 2017) and festiplanetes (summer 2018)
◊ Tips: Paul Dini museum- free 1st Sunday of the month (cf 2017 week 36). Conscripts museum. (cf. week 52) A local
tradition of celebrating, each decade, the birth year of everyone in the village or town - free
Discovery trail; Randoland, available for 2€ in Villefranche (4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 years old) from the Tourist office.