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Chalmazel is a small village located 900 m above sea level, northwest of the department. Chalmazel is in the heart of the High Chaumes is a listed sensitive natural area. Rivers, ponds, mountains are the wealth of this village. Chalmazel also includes a ski resort, the slopes we are at 1120 m altitude, and the tops of them to 1640 m altitude.

Geographical information

Latitude45.7025450 (N 45° 42’ 9”)
Longitude3.8504990 (E 3° 51’ 2”)
AltitudeFrom 740m to 1595m
Surface area39.38 km²
Population401 inhabitants
Density10 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Etienne (78 km, 1h08)
Insee code42039
IntercommunalityCA Loire Forez

Nearest cities & towns

Jeansagnière6.1 km (11 min)
Saint-Just-en-Bas7.3 km (13 min)
Sauvain8.9 km (12 min)
Saint-Georges-en-Couzan9 km (12 min)
La Valla-sur-Rochefort11.5 km (17 min)
Palogneux13.3 km (20 min)
La Chamba15 km (19 min)
Sail-sous-Couzan15 km (19 min)
Saint-Pierre-la-Bourlhonne16.4 km (23 min)
Saint-Jean-la-Vêtre17.4 km (27 min)
Saint-Bonnet-le-Courreau17.6 km (23 min)
Leigneux17.7 km (22 min)
La Côte-en-Couzan17.7 km (28 min)

Things to see and do

Chalmazel is a village that lives through the seasons. Whether its ski slopes in winter or summer forest acrobatic park, Chalmazel offers sports activities throughout the year. Heritage is also unavoidable Chalmazel, the castle of Marcilly-Talaru was built in the 13th century by the Counts of Drill. You can also admire in Chalmazel, the windows of Theodore Hanssen in the village church. Their story will be told through the voice of Brigitte Fossey. A dozen hiking is done on the village of Chalmazel.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

A market is held every Wednesday in the village of Chalmazel, where you can find throughout the year, local products, such as Fourme Montbrison. Every year, the Col du Béal, you can participate in the feast of blueberries. Every two years, is organized in Chalmazel, a medieval festival.


Château des Marcilly Talaru
Château des Marcilly Talaru
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Friday 9 october
Min. 2°C - Max. 14°C
Saturday 10 october
Min. 2°C - Max. 15°C
Sunday 11 october
Min. 1°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Museum of Fourme, also called House Sauvagnarde, is a must. It is located Sauvain, 10 minutes from Chalmazel. It offers a traditional farm architecture, rural life, the clog, and the production of the ant, local product. Close to Chalmazel in Saint-Bonnet-le-Courreau you can discover the mill Masson, to attend the production of rapeseed oil, nuts such as 100 years ago ...

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit to a knife-maker’s workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArconsat (22 km)
Knife-making workshop tour
Arts and CraftsFreeThiers (30 km)
Salva Terra Medieval Park
Culture and education13 € Haute-Rivoire (43 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (29 km)
Villages of the Côte Roannaise
Car itineraryEasy4h00Cordelle (31 km)
Rilly Castle Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Cordelle (31 km)
Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, Pêt d'Âne and La Roche Castle
Car itineraryEasy5h00Cordelle (31 km)
Mars Peninsula
HikeEasy3h00Cordelle (31 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals