Standing proudly beside the Saône, Belleville-en-Beaujolais makes an excellent staging post from which to explore the Beaujolais area and its 12 wine appellations. The town has all the facilities you could need. It was back in the 12th century that the lords of Beaujeu, notably Humbert III, encouraged Belleville to become a centre of trade, its merchants and barrel-makers thriving, making the most of its significant river port. Two monuments underline the place’s historic importance, the Hôtel-Dieu (or hospital) and Notre-Dame Church, both open to visitors. From Belleville-en-Beaujolais, you can cycle as far as Beaujeu, historic little capital of the Beaujolais area, via a safe cycle route well laid out the whole way along.
Our favourite ❤: a healthy visit to the Hôtel-Dieu, or old hospitald'Ars