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Monts du Lyonnais

The ideal destination for a green getaway

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Last updated date : 04/01/2024

Enter the heart of the Monts du Lyonnais, just 30 km from Lyon. Whatever the season, this region offers a host of nature-related activities, things to discover and traditions to explore. Make the most of this huge playground with its hundreds of kilometers of marked trails, lakes and summits, with their breathtaking panoramic views over the Alps or Monts du Forez.

Monts du Lyonnais - Saint-Sorlin, point de vue de la Madone © Mélissa Edo

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Discovering the Monts du Lyonnais

Monts du Lyonnais : enfants courant dans un champ de coquelicots

Nestled among green hills on the doorstep of Lyon, this bucolic tourist destination promises a rich experience combining heritage, abundant nature and outdoor leisure activities.
In the Monts du Lyonnais, you will find an extensive network of walking paths and mountain-biking trails criss-crossing the undulating, hilly landscapes filled with picturesque valleys.

This region is a wonderful playground for all ages. The picnic areas and fun activities for kids and adults are perfect for days out as a family. The Monts du Lyonnais strikes just the right balance between relaxation and adventure, offering something for everybody in its pristine natural setting.

A family day in the Monts du Lyonnais

Monts du Lyonnais : accrobranche sur le plateau d'Yzeron © OTMDL
  • 9 am - Leave Lyon
  • 9.45 am - Arrive in Saint-Martin-en-Haut and start your day by paying a visit to the Tourist Office, where you can borrow up to 4 electrically-assisted bicycles free of charge (pre-booking is recommended, trailers for children are also available). And set off along one of the bicycle trails to Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise.
  • By this time, you should be feeling peckish, so you can head for the Lac du Ronzey in Yzeron, where you can take some time out for a picnic on the lakeshore (with its picnic area and children’s play facilities), before setting off for an afternoon of fun and adventure! 
  • Head to Plateau d’Yzeron, where the play area will delight all the family, with a tree-climbing adventure trail, giant zip line, ninja obstacle course, orienteering course, escape game, pony rides and more. 
  • 6 pm - Back to Lyon

Further informations on the website of Monts du Lyonnais.


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