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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Saint-Fons
Insee code69199
AltitudeFrom 155 to 220 meters
Surface6.06 km²
Population17150 inhabitants
Density2830 inhabitants/km²


National labelVénissieux at 2.9 km (7 min)
Chief townLyon (at 8.9 km, 14 min)Feyzin at 4.5 km (10 min)
DepartmentRhônePierre-Bénite at 6.4 km (9 min)
RegionRhône-AlpesSearch another town


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  • History:
  • From Antiquity to the beginnings of industrialization: In ancient times, Saint-Fons was a passage between Vienna and Lyon. Around the year 1000, a hospital was built at the crossroads of Quatre Chemins, for the poor and pilgrims. In the 15th century, a post office was built. It will be the base for the future development of this part of the territory. From the 17th century, a mill and a few taverns take their place beside her. The lives of some people revolves around the activities related to the river near the Rhone. In the early 1800s, is a hamlet of Saint-Fons Vénissieux composed of a coaching horses and a few houses. Mottard family has the largest area: Cressonnière. Part of the land of the village belong to owners who let them in Vénissieux free grazing until 1832. At that time, the Hill of Bells was covered with vines, while a towpath along the shores of the Rhone. However, people develop craft activities (boat repair, tile, manufacture of dyes, etc.). As a basis for future industrialization. At the turn of the 19th century, the city of Lyon wants to polluting industries away from downtown and extended the limits of the department of Rhone to Vénissieux (March 24, 1852). Urbanization and industrial expansion in competition with the interests of elected Vénissieux, traditionally agricultural town.
  • The location of the chemical industry: The family Perret develops a production of sulfuric acid and starts building a factory in 1853 at a place called "baseless". The proximity of Lyon, Rhone and the presence of the arrival of the railway track in 1855 confirm the choice of location in the hamlet. The hamlet of Saint-Fons gradually takes the appearance of a small mill town in 1860. The working population and urban village has very little in common with the rural population of the town of Venissieux. Sainfoniarde industry is growing rapidly.
  • The secession of Vénissieux and the birth of the town: The increasing industrialization and urbanization (3000 inhabitants in the 1870s) transformed the rural hamlet that was Saint-Fons. The idea of ​​making an autonomous municipality germ in many notables. Since 1873, local manufacturers and part of the population want to transform their village into town for various reasons: distance from the center of Venissieux, growing population, own financial resources, etc.. The claims of independence are expressed in a Trade Union Commission representing the entire population of the hamlet. The commission tries to escape the authority of the City Council Vénissieux who strongly opposed. But the notable sainfoniards obtained through their political support, a favorable position of the Prefect and the General Council on separation. This took the form of a law, presented October 21, 1886, the House of Deputies in Paris (now the National Assembly). Adopted March 27, 1888 and signed by Sadi Carnot, President of the Republic, this law authorizes the election of the first mayor, Prosper Monnet, May 20, 1888. Prosper Monnet is a Republican, he founded the Chemical Society of plants of the Rhone. If he resigns after 17 months in office, his action on the development of the City was decisive. The lives of workers is difficult, the city itself the goal of relieving their daily offering of municipal services nearby.
  • An industrial development and population growth continued in the 20th century: with its official birth, Saint-Fons continues to grow, driven by the introduction of new plants (such as Ciba, Rhone-Poulenc, etc..) And the construction of housing for workers. The City is an area known for the production of dyes, chemicals and aspirin. If Saint-Fons experiencing significant economic growth, it leads to very difficult working conditions for workers. The Sainfoniards could, however, entertainment in the many taverns that lined the banks of the Rhone. Since the City has continued to grow to occupy a pivotal position at the south entrance of Lyon. Today, the entire territory of the municipality is urbanized and its development through the renewal of its urban fabric.


  • Hobbies and activities:
  • School of Music offers a comprehensive curriculum for children and adults.
  • Center for Visual Arts, venue for contemporary art, hosting exhibitions and artists in residence, offering many activities to learn about contemporary art.
  • Library by providing the public with a comprehensive background document, available on loan and consulting. It is also a meeting place for all audiences.
  • Théâtre Jean Marais offers a varied program and having engaged in projects of cultural mediation.
  • Sports: Saint-Fons is a sporting city which counts among its ranks many national and international champions. The city also has various structures for the practice of the fifty subjects available on the town.
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TransportTrain station of Saint-Fons
Performance hallsTheatre Jean Marais


The Saint-Fons Jazz Festival held every January.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Guided tour of Lyon and its regionCulture and educationFrom 80 € to 225 €Lyon (6.3 km)
Natural perfume-making workshopCulture and education69 €Lyon (6.9 km)

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Enter Urban Saint-Fons (Northwest)Enter Urban Saint-Fons (Northwest)
Witness the historic city: the church and 4-Cross PathsWitness the historic city: the church and 4-Cross Paths
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Italian restaurantPizzeria La Romaine  
Friendly restaurant, specialty pizzas and traditional Italian cuisine. Good value for money. In a warm room and air conditioned in summer, spend a relaxing time. Was a quiet good time...
Located in Saint-FonsFrom 15 € to 25 € per person 
North American restaurantCantine Café Restaurant   NEW
American Cantine Café Restaurant brewery, located in the industrial area of ​​Venissieux offers a stylish and beautifully arranged. The room is spacious and bright. On the menu, Chef...
Located 780 m from Saint-Fons29 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Rouge B.   SPECIAL OFFER
Les spécialités Réunionnaises de notre chef et les ravioles
Located 2.4 km from Saint-Fons20 € per person 

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House with 1 bedroomLa Villa des Cèdres  
At the heart of Lyon nestled in lush greenery, this guest house is located on the ground floor of a house and enjoys views over the garden. Lounge with open fireplace and terrace feature...
Located 4.7 km from Saint-Fons140 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLa Laurentine    
You will be seduced by the charm of this independent guest house, situated on the heights of Lyon in the garden of a boutique property dating from 1820, completely renovated and rooted...
Located 5.5 km from Saint-FonsFrom 130 € to 147 € the double room 
Apartment with 1 bedroomLe chat perché    
At the entrance of the Renaissance district classified unesco heritage remarkably well situated for business or leisure stays, the cat perched offers luxury and calm in a bourgeois...
Located 6.1 km from Saint-FonsFrom 90 € to 140 € the double room 

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Apartment for 2 personsLe Jardin Des Etats  
A new 24 sq. m studio apartment in a recently-renovated 1930's detached town house. Tastefully furnished and equipped to a high standard, with a small patio area overlooking the garden....
Located 2.8 km from Saint-Fons300 € per week 
Apartment for 5 personsLes terrasses de l'observatoire
3 keys 3 *** 72 m², 3 rooms + kitchen - bathroom with toilet sink independent - 3 beds for 5 people I rollaway bed for 6th person - Terrace 21 m² - parking ground garden and basement...
Located 5.3 km from Saint-Fons515 € per week 
Apartment for 6 personsGîte La Clé des Artistes  
If you want to relax in a quiet and relaxing place, discover our cottage on the 1st floor of a new home.           the property of 3600 m² located in a residential area offers contact...
Located 5.3 km from Saint-Fons450 € per week 

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233 places over 6 haCamping Indigo Lyon    
Situated just outside the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and ideally located for visiting Lyon and the Beaujolais... Lyon Indigo Campsite**** is situated in Dardilly, just outside...
Located 6.3 km from Saint-Fons 

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B&B Lyon Vénissieux - Hotel in Saint-FonsB&B Lyon Vénissieux     
Located in Vénissieux, B&B Lyon Vénissieux is a hotel with a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi access. The Stade de Gerland and Park Parilly are just 2 km away. The air-conditioned...
Located 900 m from Saint-FonsRoom from 45 €
Hôtel du Moulin à Vent - Hotel in Saint-FonsHôtel du Moulin à Vent  
Offering a terrace and a restaurant, Hôtel du Moulin à Vent is located in Vénissieux. Free WiFi access is available for guests. All rooms offer a flat-screen TV, a desk and tea/coffee...
Located 1.2 km from Saint-FonsRoom from 64 €
B&B Lyon Etats-Unis - Hotel in Saint-FonsB&B Lyon Etats-Unis  
B&B Lyon Etats-Unis is a completely non-smoking hotel located in Vénissieux. Matmut Stadium is 250 metres away and free WiFi access is available. Featuring a city view, each room here...
Located 1.8 km from Saint-FonsRoom from 52 €

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Hotel Grand Est
The Grand Est hotel is located in Meyzieu, with a quick and easy access along the main Lyon bypass, near the Saint-Exupéry airport and the Eurexpo exhibition...
Kyriad Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry
Located 800 meters from Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport, this 3-star hotel provides a free airport shuttle 24 hours a day. It...
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