Further south the landscape becomes more Mediterranean but there are areas of natural beauty with river valleys, mountains, forests and plains as well as more cultivated areas of vines, fruit and flowers. The villages are delightful with stone buildings and red roofs, there are numerous sporting activities and the gastronomy is excellent. The unique Chateau de Bagnols in the Beaujolais region enjoys a pretty location and combines details of the past with the facilities of a four star hotel.
Use Beaujolais and Rhone as a stop en route to places further south but also for longer stays of exploring and relaxing. The region provides the perfect stopover for a self-drive touring holiday en route to Provence or to the French Alps and Lakes, or you can explore the Rhone Valley further as well as visiting Burgundy and Provence.
Average air temperature in Centigrade: Jan 12.4, Feb 11.5, Mar 12.5, Apr 17.6, May 20.1, Jun 26.5, Jul 28.4, Aug 28.1, Sep 26.1, Oct 21.1, Nov 15.8, Dec 13.5.
Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France
Cultural highlights include the Beaujolais vineyards, the Gastronomic centre of the city of Lyon, vineyards of the southern Rhone valley, Jazz festivals, Olive festivals, and the International shoe museum at Romans.
How you get there Self-drive: We recommend one night en route, perhaps in Champagne or northern France. The region is ideally placed for visiting en route to Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Cote d'Azur as part of a touring holiday. By Air: with Lyon being the closest international airport.
The Château de Bagnols is an impressive and historic hotel in a beautiful location.
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