The golden stone villages of the Beaujolais region with the steep slopes of the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the North of Lyon are the perfect destination for an excursion. Whether you are interested in history, landscapes, wines – or all three – get out of Lyon for a day and explore its surrounding picturesque regions, perfect for food lovers!
The Beaujolais region – “Little Tuscany”
To the North of Lyon, discover a region that is famous for its wine, and much more! In the region of the golden stones, visit the picturesque village of Oingt and its narrow streets lined with artisans’ workshops and artists’ studios. Further north, ascend Mont-Brouilly for a glorious view of the surrounding hillsides.
After lunch in a traditional Beaujolais bistro, set off for the wine growing region. Stop for a tasting at one of the numerous cellars and enjoy the landscapes of the vineyards dotted with villages. From the Chapel of the Madonna in Fleurie, admire the view over this region where the relaxed pace of life goes hand-in-hand with fine wine!
Pérouges, medieval city
To the East of Lyon, the medieval town of Pérouges reveals its history to any visitor that wanders through its gates. Dating from the 15th century, the medieval spirit of the historic village’s streets, shops and homes has remained intact.
Its fortified church and the gates of its former perimeter wall bear witness to its tumultuous and prosperous history.
Don’t miss the half-timbered houses, which have served as the backdrop for numerous “swashbuckling” films!
Why not treat yourself to a speciality of Pérouges: a galette au sucre!
Côtes-du-Rhône, the Romans and vines
On the banks of the Rhône, Vienne retains numerous traces of its Roman past. Test the acoustics of its two ancient theatres and admire the proportions of the Temple of Augustus and Livia, one of the best preserved temples in France.
Cross the Rhône to visit the Archaeological Museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal, which paints a picture of life in a residential and artisan district in Roman times.
On the right bank of the Rhône, the steep slopes of the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards benefit from an exceptionally sunny location. The Condrieu (white wine) and Côtes-Rôties (red wine) designations will delight the palates of wine lovers!
Are you looking to travel further afield? The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region offers you a unique picture postcard less than 2 hours from Lyon. From Mont-Blanc, the roof of Europe, to the lavender fields of the Drôme, along with the Auvergne Volcanoes and the famous Alpine ski resorts (Courchevel, Megève, Chamonix, etc.), enjoy your trip as you wish!