Grand Site Solutré Pouilly Vergisson

The triple attraction of Roche de Solutré, Roche de Vergisson and Mont de Pouilly
Listed as one of France's "Grand sites": a spectacular setting of breathtaking beauty

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Solutré Pouilly Vergisson
  

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Chevaux Polski à Solutré

The roche de Solutré and its primitive Konik horses
 
 
"At first glance: the famous outcroppings of both Solutré and Vergisson. Two majestic vessels sailing across an ocean of vines. Anchoring the craft stand golden stone wine villages. The soft scent of southern France beckons". Scaling the rock slopes is well worth the effort, offering the incentive of a magnificent panorama overlooking the busy vineyards of Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran and, on a clear day, the Mont-Blanc! At the foot of the formation to better understand this site, the Grand Site Visitors Centre, along with the Departmental Prehistory Museum and archaeological and botanical gardens, have all been created.

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Musée départemental Solutré Pouilly Vergisson

Departmental Prehistory Museum in Solutré

Nestled at the base of the Solutré rock formation, adjacent to one of Europe's richest deposits of prehistoric artefacts, the Departmental Prehistory Museum provides a fascinating introduction to a period some 25,000 years ago, through impressive collections, models, and sound and audiovisual presentations. As a key to understanding Solutré's cultural influence, the exhibit spotlights Solutrean man (who lived 16,000 to 20,000 years ago) and gives him due credit for inventing the eyed needle and sculpting masterpieces out of flint (laurel leaves). The archaeological and botanical gardens, set up directly on the digging site, complement the museum visit.
 

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Grand site Solutré Pouilly Vergisson
  

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Visitors particularly liked:

  • climbing this awesome rocky outcropping
  • picnicking along the former Roman way at the base of the site
  • admiring the amazing panorama at the Grange du Bois hamlet (access via the D31 road)
  • the "3 Rocks" marked itinerary, a "Green Walk" discovery trail of the 2 renowned rocks and of Mont de Pouilly, all 3 of which served to name this "Grand Site"
  • being accompanied by a local guide, who led the tour with donkeys; Anecdotes will reveal the secrets of the area's flora and fauna, local legends.

 

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