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Palinges / Paray-le-Monial

[ Cycle routes EuroVelo 6 ] [ The Canal du Centre by bike from Chalon to Digoin / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté ]
  • 16.5 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

Starting with the elegant Château de Digoine, this EuroVelo 6 stage crosses a part of Burgundy that takes you back in time, scattered with meadows where beautiful white Charolais cows graze. The route is along roads leading to the remarkable little pilgrimage town of Paray-le-Monial and to the canal-side greenway going on to the town of Digoin.

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Route
The official signposted route is provisional from Palinges until the greenway and is for experienced cyclists only, as there are many slopes. Alternatively follow the D 974 road beside the canal from La Gravoine; traffic is quite busy, but you avoid the slopes. The greenway starts north of Paray, leading into town via the Moulin-Liron Park (after lock 23).

Railway stations - SNCF

Paray-le-Monial station
TER (local services) Dijon > Chagny > Montchanin > Paray-le-Monial > Digoin > Moulin-sur-Allier

Don’t miss

Palinges: Château de Digoine, with guided or unaccompanied tours of the castle.
Paray-le-Monial: a pilgrimage town with remarkable architecture, a Romanesque basilica, a significant historic quarter and a museum of religious art, and staging many events.

Marchés

Paray-le-Monial : Friday and Saturday morning

Tourist Information Centre

Paray-le-Monial : +33 (0)3 85 81 10 92

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Digoine Castle to Palinges

Although the building is well worth a visit, you will also enjoy a nice walk through the vast landscaped park that surrounds it, between the pond, the French garden, rows of orange trees in bicentennial boxes and countless palm trees.

 

Museum of Sacred Art

Behind the white neo-classical façade, unexpectedly juxtaposed to the rustic town, this museum offers an interesting mix of genres: ornaments from church frontages of different periods, paintings inspired by Egyptian and Biblical times, Latin inscriptions - this is a mixed collection that will fascinate history buffs.

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