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17 April 2024  |  Tourism, Holidays

Pérouges, one of France's most beautiful villages

The hidden beauty of the medieval village of Pérouges located in the Ain department, is renowned for its timeless charm, its cobbled streets and its stone houses. Pérouges offers visitors a true experience of the past.

Perched on a picturesque hill in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, is the magnificent medieval village of Pérouges.

History and Heritage

Pérouges is a true medieval gem, with its well-preserved ramparts and houses dating from the 15th century. Founded in the Middle Ages, the village prospered thanks to the trade in canvas and silk, leaving behind a rich historical heritage. A stroll through the narrow streets of Pérouges reveals architectural treasures, such as the Porte d'En-Bas, the Tour de la Reine, and the magnificent Place du Tilleul, where lively markets still take place today.

Traditions and crafts

Pérouges is also renowned for its traditional crafts, with its artisan workshops where you can discover the ancestral know-how of potters, weavers and leather artisans. Visitors can wander through the village's quaint shops, displaying unique creations and local products, such as mountain honey, artisan jams and regional wines.

Gastronomy and terroir

Local gastronomy occupies a special place in Pérouges, with its welcoming restaurants offering tasty cuisine inspired by traditions. The region's specialties, such as the galette de Pérouges, a delicious crème brûlée tart, and the bugnes, delicious donuts flavored with orange blossom, will delight the taste buds of the most demanding gourmets. The numerous cafes and terraces scattered throughout the village also offer the opportunity to relax and enjoy a moment of conviviality around a glass of local wine.

Nature and Serenity

Finally, Pérouges also offers an exceptional natural setting, with its green landscapes and picturesque hiking trails. Nature lovers can explore the surrounding area, exploring the surrounding forests, taking a bike ride along the country lanes, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the place. For a well-being break, there's nothing like a visit to the Château de Pérouges garden, where you can recharge your batteries in the heart of a magnificent French-style garden.

Point of interest

Among the sites not to be missed in Pérouges is the Place du Tilleul, where many events and festivals take place throughout the year. The Provost's House, dating from the 13th century, offers a fascinating insight into daily life in medieval times. The Clock Tower, built in the 14th century, proudly dominates the city and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding area.

In conclusion, Pérouges is much more than a simple medieval village. It’s a true journey through time, an enchanted getaway where history, culture and gastronomy come together to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you are a history buff, a photography enthusiast or simply in search of calm and beauty, Pérouges will surely enchant you with its timeless charm and medieval magic.

What to do around Pérouges?

Visit the city of Lyon. Only thirty kilometers from Pérouges, Lyon is a dynamic and historic city not to be missed. Explore its UNESCO-listed city center. Take the opportunity to taste delicious cuisine in traditional Lyonnais bouchons and visit emblematic sites such as the Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica and Old Lyon.


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Discover the Château de Montmelas

This impressive medieval castle is around 40 minutes from Pérouges. Explore its richly decorated rooms, learn about its fascinating history and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards.

Chateau Montmelas

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Beaujolais Wine-tasting

The Beaujolais wine region is renowned for its delicious wines and picturesque landscapes. Take a vineyard tour, visit local wineries and taste a selection of wines, including the famous Beaujolais Nouveau.

Visit the Bird Park

Located in Villars-les-Dombes, about 40 minutes from Pérouges, the Parc des Oiseaux is one of the largest ornithological parks in Europe. Explore its vast aviaries, observe hundreds of bird species from around the world and witness impressive flight displays.

Parc des Oiseaux

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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