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Last updated date : 22/12/2022

The Vallons du Lyonnais area, 15 kilometres to the west of Lyon, is famed for being the city's green lung. This highly attractive territory with its gentle rolling hills is a real attraction.

Discovering the Vallons du Lyonnais

People come here to enjoy a breath of fresh air by walking in the huge wooded expanses, or hiking through Malval, Luère or Croix-du-Ban passes. In days past, city dwellers would come here on board a steam train. Today, they come by coach, bike or car, to hike along one of the countless marked trails, or to cycle on the routes that make up the 500 km mountain-bike circuit, or perhaps to do a spot of horse riding or enjoy Ronzey Lake.

For the most curious among you, the museums (Théâtre La Maison de Guignol, Antoine Brun, L’Araire and Maison du Blanchisseur), will lift the veil to uncover the history, techniques and age-old expertise developed within the 8 villages.

All year round, numerous events, some of which are very popular, bring these villages to life: Journée du Fruit, Festival Inter’Val, Fête du Lac, Val Lyonnaise and many more! Schedule a stop in the Vallons du Lyonnais area to relax, let off steam or have some fun with the family, and taste some of the delicious wares on offer…

A family day in the Vallons du Lyonnais

9 am - Leave Lyon

9.45 am - You'll be in Yzeron for a connected "Walking with Guignol" (En marche avec Guignol) hike. Starting at Châteauvieux chapel, all you have to do is download the "Mhikes" app, and young and old alike will be set to walk the village trails guided by the puppet Guignol. This 4 km walk is fairly flat and is therefore ideal for children.

At lunchtime you can reward your family with a picnic by Ronzey Lake, or head for one of the many village restaurants.

Once you've recharged your batteries, you can pay a visit to Musée Théâtre Guignol in Brindas. Here, you'll discover a collection of over 200 puppets, as well as 2,000 decorative pieces, costumes and accessories. To add to the fun, you can even take part in a game during your visit to the museum.

6 pm - Back in Lyon

Not to be missed !

  • In May, go and meet the small heritage of the communes of the Vallons du Lyonnais by participating in the tourist rally "Balade en Vallons". A 7 km circuit will be proposed to you. Snack offered at the end. From 6 years old. The Tourist Office of the Vallons du Lyonnais also proposes to discover the heritage of the 8 communes of the Vallons du Lyonnais thanks to the booklets game "Les Balades en Vallons" to be done in family!
  • Every day, from the beginning of July to the end of August, Les Estivales offers you a different activity, including creative workshops, village visits, meetings with craftsmen, a night market, an orienteering race, discovery walks, etc.
  • From September to October: the Inter'Val d'Automne cultural festival presents a varied musical program with no less than 27 shows on a number of sites in the Vallons du Lyonnais.

Further informations on the website of the Vallons du Lyonnais.


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