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Where are the Monts du Lyonnais located?To the southwest of Lyon is the Monts du Lyonnais massif. this massif is a strategic location to visit both the Loire and the Rhône areas. The Monts du Lyonnais are located at the junction between Saint-Etienne and Lyon.The Monts du Lyonnais are a green setting. Walking or cycling, climbing, fishing are all activities that you can do in the Monts du Lyonn...
Where are the Monts du Lyonnais located?
To the southwest of Lyon is the Monts du Lyonnais massif. this massif is a strategic location to visit both the Loire and the Rhône areas. The Monts du Lyonnais are located at the junction between Saint-Etienne and Lyon.
The Monts du Lyonnais are a green setting. Walking or cycling, climbing, fishing are all activities that you can do in the Monts du Lyonnais. This massif is made up of 24 municipalities. Each of them is rich in history; chapels, roman churches, remains of Roman roads... you will enjoy immersing yourself in the historical heritage of each of these villages. Les Monts du Lyonnais is 50 minutes by car from downtown Lyon. Thus, you can spend a day (or more) to see the treasures of Lyon. The Basilica of Fourvière, the Old Lyon district or the Parc de la Tête d'Or are essential points of interest in Lyon.
You will enjoy staying in the Monts du Lyonnais with family or friends. Indeed, renting a villa in the Monts du Lyonnais is the promise of a relaxing break between nature and culture.
Although each of the 24 communes of the Monts du Lyonnais is worth a visit, we suggest our 3 favourite villages.
The municipality of Saint-Laurent-de-Chamousset is located on the border of the Rhône and Loire departments. However, it belongs to the Rhône region and is 50 minutes by car from the centre of Lyon. This commune has a quaint charm. During your stay in Saint-Laurent-de-Chamousset, discover the church and chapel of Saint-Bonnet. In addition, Château de Chamousset is a historical landmark to visit. Indeed, it was here that the liberation of Lyon was organized during the Second World War.
Every Monday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., the fairground market is held in downtown Saint-Laurent-de-Chamousset. You will find many fresh and organic food products.
Sainte-Foy-de-l'Argentière is located a little further south of Saint-Laurent-de-Chamousset in the Monts du Lyonnais. This town is home to the Grande Tuilerie du Rhône. Indeed, Saint-Laurent-de-Chamousset is known to be the leader in the manufacture of roof tiles in France. Visit the church and the castle of the village. A tourist train runs between Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière and l'Arbresle every Sunday from June to September. It will allow you to easily discover the atypical villages of the Monts d'Or during your stay in the Monts du Lyonnais. The mini train will make your children happy!
An organic market takes place on Saturday morning in the market hall near the town hall.
50 mins away from Lyon is the town of Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise. This historic village is built on the old fortifications of the 15th century. The imposing church of Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise is an undeniable treasure that must be visited. During your stay with your family or your weekend with friends, get lost in the alleys of this medieval town. You will see half-timbered houses, remains but also an old hotel in the Art Nouveau style. Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise is the essential meeting place for lovers of dry sausage; it is the speciality of the town.
A market is held every Wednesday from 8am to 2pm on the market square. It will allow you to buy fresh and local produce during your stay in the Monts du Lyonnais.
Family holidays in the Monts du Lyonnais
During your holidays in Lyon, take a break in the Lyon countryside. All kinds of activities are available around your holiday rental in the Monts du Lyonnais.
The Haut-Rivoire corn maze is one of our favourite activities in the Monts du Lyonnais. Believe us, it's fun to get lost in corn over 2 meters high while looking for a way out. The difficulty of the course changes according to the age of the participants. This allows both children and adults to spend a pleasant time with family and friends.
The medieval leisure park of Salva Terra in Haut-Rivoire will immerse you for a day in the medieval period. You will attend demonstrations of sword fighting, jousting or chainmail craft.
The Courzieu animal park will be an unforgettable memory during your holidays in Lyon. Escape into this park in the heart of nature to admire wolves and birds of prey.
If you are looking for an activity to do with your children, go to the Savigny indoor playground. The Araire Exhibition House organizes challenges during which children investigate and answer the enigma posed by Gorgulu.
Meanwhile, adults will have fun at Paint Ball in Bessenay. The place is ideal for spending an entertaining time with friends. For children, book the Paintball Kid's format at a reduced price.
The Monts du Lyonnais are the ideal destination for hiking and walking lovers. 3,000 kilometres of marked trails allow you to explore the massif in complete safety. Between forests, fields and plains, you will not be bored during your hikes in the Monts du Lyonnais. The landscapes are varied and offer exceptional views of the Lyon countryside. Feel free to go to the Tourist Office to get a map guide. Between 4 and 5€, this little guide will help you find tours adapted to your wishes.
Most of the tours are also accessible by mountain bike. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you can adapt your course to your level. Do not hesitate to consult the site of the mountains and hills of Lyon in the section "Walks and hikes" to find the itinerary adapted to you.
Many horseback riding tours are available in the Monts du Lyonnais. Through fields and woods, you will discover the wonders of the massif on horseback. Lovers of original experiences may prefer donkey rides. The tours are shorter than horse rides but your children will love the experience. The municipalities offering donkey rides are Saint-Genis-l'Argentière, Pollionnay, Saint-Laurent-d'Agny and Yzeron. To book a ride, call the Asinerie de la Framboisine in Pollionnay or l'Âne citadin in Saint-Laurent-d'Agny.
Fishing lovers should go to the Monts du Lyonnais. Indeed, water bodies and ponds are numerous in this massif. The Jomard lake in Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière is full of carp, pike, tench and dowels. Fishing is also allowed in some rivers in the Monts du Lyonnais. For example, Lafay Creek, Orgeolles or Fafay are ideal for trout fishing. Finally, it is possible to fish at Lake Ronzey, which extends over 3 hectares in the municipality of Yzeron. Boat rental, children's games and picnic area are available for pleasant moments with family or friends.
Climbing the cliffs in the Monts du Lyonnais is an essential activity during your stay in Lyon. The sites of Yzeron and Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise are Accessible to all levels. In Yzeron, you can train in the open air block. Moreover, "les Roches" site allow you to find the right rock climbing route adapted to your level. The site is equipped with a picnic area to enjoy the place after your climbing session in the Monts du Lyonnais.
Sports events in the Monts du Lyonnais
The Monts du Lyonnais is the must-see destination for sport lovers who would like to take part in competitions. Indeed, 3 essential sports events are planned each year in the Monts du Lyonnais.
Every year in June, a rally starting from Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière is organized. You have to drive 120 kilometres to win the rally. The course is divided into several stages, with breaks for the technical assistance of the competitors. The rally ends at the end of the day in the town of Meys.
The Monts du Lyonnais triathlon takes place every summer from the town of Yzeron. The swimming part is held in Lake Ronzey. In addition, the Club des Monts du Lyonnais organizes a bike & run edition every winter. You and your partner will alternate between running and cycling for 7 or 15.7 kilometres. A format for young people exists with short distances.
The trail des Coursières is organised from the town of Saint-Martin-en-Haut. In winter, 2 formats are available. A 31-kilometre and a 15-kilometre circuit. In spring-time, the trail of Les Coursières reaches 53 kilometers for the shortest version and 111 kilometers for the ultra trail. The ultra trail is part of the qualifying races for the ultra trail of Mont Blanc.
How to reach your holiday rental in the Monts du Lyonnais ?
The most comfortable way to travel in the Monts du Lyonnais is by car. Indeed, each commune is outlying, so you would have trouble getting around without a car. From Lyon, you can reach the Monts du Lyonnais in about 30 minutes. However, some municipalities in the massif are further away from the city centre of Lyon. It will then take you 1 hour by car to reach them.
If you do not have your own car during your stay in the Monts du Lyonnais, you can rent one. When you arrive at the railway station of Lyon Part-Dieu, go to AVIS car rental. This agency is located on rue de la Villette. From Lyon Perrache station, you can reach the AVIS agency on the Perrache quay in a few minutes.
The Drivee private car rental platform is an alternative to professional agencies. Indeed, if you do not find a car available during your stay, Drivee is an easy solution.
Then, join the A7 motorway for 5.7 kilometres and exit at the A450 exit towards Pierre-bénite-Centre/Brignais. Then, join the D342 towards Chaponost and Brignais-Centre. Finally, adapt your itinerary according to the municipality of the Monts du Lyonnais in which you are going.
The Cars du Rhône bus company serves the towns of the Monts du Lyonnais. Line 2Ex starts from the Gorge de Loup stop in Lyon and stops at Chazelles-sur-Lyon. Line 142 from Gorge de Loup takes another route to the town of Aveize.
The Monts du Lyonnais are the ideal place to spend a holiday in the Lyon countryside. Booking a holiday rental in this area will allow you to rest while benefiting from Lyon's dynamism.