This superb itinerary leads towards southern Burgundy, the Canal du Centre and the Loire side canal, across the Brionnais region, a famous little region of Burgundy that is known for the beauty of its Romanesque churches, warm colours of the villages and the exceptional quality of the gentle, hilly landscapes. The ideal destination for those looking for a change of scenery and fans of religious art.
The "peaceful canal"
This canal was built between 1830 and 1836 to cover the 55 km between Roanne and Digoin, and is worthy of its nickname thanks to the quiet and naturally beautiful banks.
It is of course possible to explore the canal aboard a barge or an electric boat, or on foot or by bicycle along the towpath.
There are various holiday gîtes, bed and breakfasts and furnished rentals along the canal:
Around the canal, you can admire the unmissable Roman monuments of the Brionnais: Baugy Romanesque church, St Hilaire collegiate church in Semur-en-Brionnas and many more!
If you are a fan of Roman art, come and explore the 100 Romanesque churches of the Brionnais!
In the footsteps of Roman art in the Brionnais
Walking with a donkey
What a great way to explore Roanne Canal in Digoin!
Bougres d'Anes organise outings so you can take your time exploring the area, in a way that is highly popular with the youngest members of the family!Find out more about Bougres d’Anes
Along the Loire
When you arrive in Digoin, don't miss the ObservaLoire, an educational museum devoted to the famous last wild river of Europe and its canals!
Also to discover:
- The Les Ligériades Festival: various activites to celebrate the river (exhibitions, conferences, open-air cinema, circus and theatre shows, canoeing down the Loire, café-théâtre, concert with cocktails and so much more.)
- Les Voix d'Eau de l'Eté: A gourmet and cultural event, over one week and several stages, to celebrate Roanne Canal in Digoin!
Explore the Charolais-Brionnais territory
The canal is just one of the many highlights of this rural territory, the Charolais-Brionnais. This pocket-sized territory offers the very best of Burgundy: good local products including the famous "Charolaise" beef, good wine, unspoilt natural environment, historic heritage.