Chalon-sur-Saône might be the biggest town in Southern Burgundy, but it feels like a village. The historic center has small medieval streets.
Things to do and see:
Place St-Vincent with its cathedral and residences, some from the 14th century.
Niépce Museum of photography, with a mix of cameras and photographs from the beginning of photo taking to now. Nicéphore Niépce took the world’s first known photograph in the nearby village of Saint-Loup-de-Varennes.
If you are looking to eat try rue de Strasbourg on the town’s island. If you need to wait for a table, have a quick look at the nearby Tour de Doyenné next to the hospital.
The highlight of the cultural calendar is Chalon dans la Rue, an international festival of street artists.
Chalon-sur-Saône is home to a French league basketball team – Élan Sportif Chalonnais. The team plays in the north of town in Le Colisée arena.