The historical capital of Beaujeu still retains important artefacts and heritage from the Lords of Beaujeu, who gave their name to the region.
Belleville-sur-Saône was built around the abbey founded in the 12th century and the 18th century hospital, which prided itself on its excellent apothecary.
Villefranche-sur-Saône, built in a strategic location in the Saône, became capital of Beaujolais in the 16th century. Its Notre Dame des Marais church owes its Gothic façade to the generosity of Anne de Beaujeu.
Beaujolais des Pierres Dorées in the south includes villages such as Oingt, Ternand and Theizé. The yellow stone so typical of the region has given it the nickname of “little Tuscany”.