The Beaujolais region north-west of Lyon makes a remarkable backdrop to a countryside escape with family or friends or as a couple. From Mont-Brouilly to Saint-Amour, the rolling hills of Le Beaujolais are ideal for long walks, bike rides and horse rides. Wine lovers* will also be delighted to taste or rediscover red, rosé or white Beaujolais - there’s something for everyone.
For more information, visit : Destination Beaujolais
The Medieval Village of Pérouges and the Bugey Region
Visiting the medieval village of Pérouges, 40km north-east of Lyon, named one of the most beautiful villages in France by the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ association, is like stepping back in time. You’ll be amazed by this fantastically well-preserved former weavers’ town, with its narrow cobbled alleys polished smooth by the centuries, its homes clad with stones and bricks... and its famous galette. It’s a simple and delicious dish (made from a thin round of brioche dough with lemon zest, butter and sugar that caramelise on top during cooking) that will delight food lovers of all ages.
For more information, visit : Bugey-Plaine de l’Ain Tourisme
Les Grottes de la Balme
The Grottes de la Balme caves are open from 30 May onwards. This unusual and mysterious natural landmark in the commune of La-Balme-les-Grottes is ideal for a family outing with a difference. Explore this underground world in an incredible cave adventure.
For more information, visit : Les Grottes de la Balme
Le Lac d’Aiguebelette
With lush aquatic fauna and flora, picturesque boathouses, little houses on stilts and a magnificent emerald green colour, the Lac d’Aiguebelette is a magical, revitalising place only an hour away from Lyon. Climb up to the viewpoints for multiple breathtaking panoramas of the lake and its surroundings.
For more information, visit : Pays du Lac d’Aiguebelette
Le Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat
Only an hour away from Lyon (to the south), the Pilat Regional Natural Park, straddling the departments of Loire and Rhône, has spectacular scenery and a rich biodiversity. Keen walkers and nature lovers will love this park, with its mountains, vineyards and picturesque villages. Hike up to Pilat’s peaks (including Crêt de la Perdrix, Crêt de l’Oeillon, and Les Trois Dents) for breathtaking views that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world. You can also stop off in the village of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, located in an old Carthusian monastery and named one of the most beautiful villages in France.
For more information, visit : Office de Tourisme du Pilat
Are city walks more your thing? Only 30 minutes away from Lyon (to the south), Vienne provides a different perspective on the region’s ancient history and its historical remains make it a must-see cultural destination. From the ancient Roman theatre and the awe-inspiring Saint-Maurice cathedral to the Temple of Augustus and Livia and the odeon, journey from one time period to another as you trace its two thousand years of history.
For more information, visit : Vienne Condrieu Tourisme
*Excessive alcohol consumption is damaging to health, please drink responsibly.