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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Saône-et-Loire

The charming village of Chapaize is at the heart of the Saône-et-Loire, in the Mâconnais. Near Tournus and Cluny, great attractions of Burgundy, it has the distinction of having built around a fabulous Romanesque church.

Parish of the High Middle Ages, Chapaize is now mainly focused on tourism, thanks to the vestiges of its ancient priory, the Saint Martin church of Chapaize. Impressive building, it attracts large numbers of tourists keen to learn more about this novel style so characteristic of Burgundy.

Nice and quiet, the village of Chapaize offers other equally interesting sights that reflect a typical old architecture. Around the town, a large rich forest ponds also made the reputation of the place.

Geographical information

Latitude46.5573700 (N 46° 33’ 27”)
Longitude4.7341740 (E 4° 44’ 3”)
AltitudeFrom 203m to 315m
Surface area13.76 km²
Population155 inhabitants
Density11 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMâcon (40 km, 43 min)
Insee code71087
IntercommunalityCC Entre Saône et Grosne

Nearest cities & towns

Bissy-sous-Uxelles1.9 km (3 min)
Champagny-sous-Uxelles3 km (5 min)
Chissey-lès-Mâcon4.1 km (7 min)
Cormatin4.6 km (6 min)
Bresse-sur-Grosne5.8 km (9 min)
La Chapelle-sous-Brancion6.3 km (9 min)
Bray6.8 km (12 min)
Malay6.9 km (8 min)
Ameugny7.4 km (9 min)
Sercy7.7 km (10 min)
Savigny-sur-Grosne8.1 km (11 min)
Martailly-lès-Brancion8.4 km (11 min)
Taizé8.8 km (10 min)
Étrigny9.2 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

The Church of St. Martin of Chapaize is the most beautiful building of all the Burgundian village. Old passage on the initiatory path of Saint-Jacques de Compostela, the church building was built in the first half of the eleventh century. Listed building, the church is now one of the oldest Romanesque of Burgundy. It is the only remnant of an ancient priory founded in the tenth century and formerly dependent on the abbey of Saint-Pierre de Chalon. Campanile of over thirty-five meters height does not lack elegance, as its very slender nave. The building has undergone some changes in the sixteenth century, including the opening of a large bay in the western facade, in the early Romanesque style. Inside, one can admire one of the oldest statue columns known in the West.

Also dating from the eleventh century, the Castle of Uxelles is installed at the tip of a spur which dominates the surrounding area. Repeatedly altered and damaged the building today consists of a rectangular main building and two wings at right angles. This is unfortunately a private property that can not be visited.

Another church worth visiting to Chapaize, this is the one located in the hamlet of Lancharre. Also Romanesque style, it was built in the twelfth century.

We do not miss the tile of the village, and a charming washhouse in the heart of the Burgundian city.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

On Sunday morning, the village offers an interesting organic market.

Chapaize Culture offers several concerts in the church of St. Martin in July.

In early December, a Christmas market is held.


Tuesday 18 january
Min. -3°C - Max. 4°C
Wednesday 19 january
Min. -3°C - Max. 6°C
Thursday 20 january
Min. 0°C - Max. 5°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe hire on the Saône
Sports sensations9 € to 20 € Tournus (13.8 km)
Canoe-kayak or stand-up paddle hire
Sports sensations7 € to 180 € Ratenelle (19 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Georama discovery trail of Culles-les-Roches
HikeEasy2h00Culles-les-Roches (11.6 km)
From Maizeray to Saint-Martin-du-Tartre
HikeEasy2h00Saint-Martin-du-Tartre (13.3 km)
Towpath along the Saône
HikeEasy5h00Tournus (13.6 km)
Vaux Valley and botanical trail
HikeEasy2h00Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu (29 km)
Montaigu Castle and the Hamlet of Touches
HikeEasy2h00Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu (29 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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