The walls of Pont-de-Vaux still stand as mementos of the rich past of a town that was on the border of the Holy Roman Empire and grew into a duchy. The history of the town also manifests in its stone monuments, timber-framed buildings, streets and the amazing Chintreuil Museum, named in honour of the pre-Impressionist landscape painter. The town is turned to the future with cutting-edge industries. It also provides its 2,300 inhabitants with facilities worthy of large urban centres: a swimming pool, a boules pitch, a dojo, an ice rink and football and rugby fields. About a hundred high-quality businesses and restaurants cater to the population. The marina, located on the edge of the meadows and in the heart of the city, adds to the holiday feel. Its music and theatre festivals, together with the crowd-pulling Quad World Championship in August, help to make Pont-de-Vaux a privileged place to live in combining wellbeing and art de vivre.
Louhans-Châteaurenaud is a charming town in a prime location right in the heart of the Burgundian portion of the Bresse River. Widely known for its natural areas, great gastronomic culture and extraordinary architectural and historical heritage, it attracts throngs of tourists year after year. The town's major attraction is the market on Monday morning, one of the biggest in France, which has existed since the 13th century and showcases the famous Bresse poultry.
This old medieval town boasts an outstanding heritage: 157 arcades, a majestic Hôtel-Dieu, a superb apothecary, a town museum with works by artists such as David and Cocteau, the Printing Museum, two old watchtowers, Saint Peter's Church with its glazed tiles, etc.
Louhans-Châteaurenaud is also known for its dynamism, with over 130 organisations that run big cultural, sports and gastronomic events throughout the year.
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