The Forez Lyonnais region

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In the surroundings - the land of Forez Lyonnais

There are many places to discover in Forez Lyonnais and for all tastes and all ages. This small country offers a great wealth of geographical and human heritage, a multitude of exciting, beneficial and cultural activities in a preserved nature for sustainable tourism.

Sleep in Forez Lyonnais

A nugget : Forez Lyonnais was once a renowned province, it marks the region with its completely unique location, a small territory bordered closely by two rivers, the Loire and the Rhône, and where our ancestors settled to create ancient civilizations, leaving archaeological and cultural imprints.

Greater Lyon: between History and Gastronomy

When Paris was just a village, Lyon, formerly called Lugdunum, was a huge crossroads of civilizations and will seduce you as much with its renowned gastronomy as with its history; the discovery of “Old Lyon” is worth the detour. The Festival of Lights on December 8 highlights all its architectural works of art. Go up to the Fourvière basilica and you will have an incredible panorama of the town of Bocuse before finishing in a “Bouchon” in Lyon, a typical restaurant of the place.

When Paris was just a village, Lyon, formerly known as Lugdunum, was an immense crossroads of civilizations, and will seduce you with its renowned gastronomy as much as its history. Discovering “Vieux Lyon” is well worth the detour. The Festival of Lights on December 8 highlights all its architectural works of art. Climb up to the Fourvière Basilica for an incredible panoramic view of Bocuse's city, before finishing off in one of Lyon's typical "Bouchon" restaurants.

The Loire in Forez

The Forez region made the illustrious writer Honoré d'Urfé say "there is a country which in its smallness offers what is rarest".
In Maringes on its gentle hill overlooking the Forez plain, monks had already settled in the year 900 for the sweetness of life. Don't forget to go up to the Chapel St Roch to admire the superb sunsets over the Monts du Forez.
In this very special land, natural fauna has found its place, the wild birds of the Ecopole du Forez , the birds of prey of the Pic de Marcilly , so many treasures to discover.

The Loire Canyon in Forez

45 minutes away in Chambles, the Gallic oppidum of Essalois overlooks 20 hectares of steeply sloping plateau over Lake Grangent and the Gorges de la Loire Nature Reserve. An exceptional site on the side Forez, a superb green region of deciduous fir lakes. The young Loire is the last wild river in Europe, a surprising and capricious river which embraces the ponds of the plain. It is a wide range of outdoor leisure activities for hiking, climbing, pony clubs, windsurfing, kayaking or canoeing between St Just St Rambert and Chambles.

The Forez plain and the Hautes Chaumes

TThe small Forez plain unfolds to the west into a vast plateau, medium-sized mountains which spread out their mountain pastures from Haut Forez towards Auvergne. Superb priories and a number of hilltop castles are to be discovered.
If you are looking for local holiday experiences, we can suggest visits and activities to the people who bring this region to life, from the Parc du Pilat in the south to the Matagrin Tower in the north.

Saint Etienne Métropole and the Greens

Green city Saint Etienne is one of the 3 highest cities in Europe. Its 7 hills have elevation differences between 480 m and 1150 m, it extends from the Côtes d’Aurec to Saint Joseph, renowned for its wines. Prestigious Museums, the Greens and their legendary stadium and villages of character to discover all around the mining basin: the Chartreuse de Sainte Croix en Jarez, Saint Galmier and its Badoit source, etc.

The Hills of Lyonnais

Named by city dwellers “the Hikers’ Heaven”, the Hills of Lyonnais are a region of bucolic landscapes, a succession of sunny ridges and valleys, small roads with delicate deciduous trees, in captivating colors depending on the season that walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers and motorcyclists travel with happiness under the softness of the foliage.
This Side Lyonnais offers 7 mid-mountain passes that are very popular with cyclists and motorbikes. From Bessenay, renowned for its cherries, to L'Arbresle, the trees in flower in spring are a marvel.

West Lyon

Shaped by Lugdunum, the ancient capital of Gaul, the dominant balconies of Lyon carry within them the traces of this major civilization. You will discover the Gier aqueduct which runs from Forez to Lyonnais, 86 km long, 72 arches are still standing. Few know that it is the most monumental and best preserved in the entire Mediterranean basin, it brought the precious water of the Gier to the great city. Known since Antiquity, the Voie Bolène Roman road which linked Lyon to Bordeaux via Feurs was one of the most important roads in the Gallo-Roman world.

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