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Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loire

Located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Pilat, the beautiful village of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez is a unique example in France of a monastery transformed into a village to the Revolution. Behind imposing fortified walls are charming houses spread over two seats. These two parts are joined by a very long corridor doing street office. The interior of this former monastery, surprising spaces are to be discovered through the tour. A stone tunnel allows you to leave the confines of the village and leading to the creek that runs all. Today, the village and its walls are marked by the exceptional history of the place.

The information point provides a range of local produce, crafts and the famous liqueur Carthusian fathers. Nearby, a farm you will find excellent cheeses and farm products.

The greenery of the park is ideal for walks and hikes.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.4796900 (N 45° 28’ 47”)
Longitude4.6462750 (E 4° 38’ 47”)
AltitudeFrom 349m to 955m
Surface area12.05 km²
Population437 inhabitants
Density36 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Etienne (34 km, 36 min)
Insee code42210
IntercommunalityCA Saint Etienne Métropole

Nearest cities & towns

Pavezin3.6 km (5 min)
Longes5.8 km (14 min)
La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay8.4 km (18 min)
Rive-de-Gier8.8 km (15 min)
La Chapelle-Villars10.1 km (17 min)
Chuyer10.3 km (17 min)
Châteauneuf11.3 km (19 min)
Saint-Martin-la-Plaine12.5 km (21 min)
Genilac12.8 km (21 min)
Trèves13 km (25 min)
Les Haies13 km (25 min)
Doizieux13.2 km (22 min)
Lorette13.2 km (22 min)
Farnay13.9 km (26 min)

Things to see and do

Guided tour of the Chartreuse. The murals of the fourteenth, fifteenth carved choir stalls, a reconstructed chapel.

Events and festivities


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Old kitchen
Old kitchen
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Outdoor Speakers
Outdoor Speakers
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fourteenth Painting
fourteenth Painting
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Treetop adventure trail in the Pilat
Sports sensations18 € Pélussin (7.6 km)
Hot-air balloon flight in the Ardèche
Nature and the great outdoors169 € to 210 € Annonay (25 km)
Salva Terra Medieval Park
Culture and education13 € Haute-Rivoire (32 km)
Natural perfume-making workshop
Arts and Crafts69 € Lyon (34 km)
Discover Lyon by Segway
Entertainment30 € Lyon (34 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Point N° 1 : introduction
HikeIntermediate1h25Mornant (15.6 km)
Wine trails at the heart of the vineyards
HikeEasy1h30Millery (19.9 km)
Le grand tour
Mountain bike itineraryAthletic5h35Thurins (22 km)
Circuit de bénévent
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h00Vaugneray (29 km)
Towers Trail
HikeEasy1h30Tournon-sur-Rhône (48 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals