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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain

Virieu-le-Grand, located 1 hour from Lyon, Bourg-en-Bresse, near the Savoy and Switzerland, and 30 minutes from the ski Plans Hotonnes and Plateau d'Hauteville.

Marked by the passage of Honore d'Urfe, who retired in Virieu Castle (now in ruins) to write, among other Astree famous novel in French.

Geographical information

Latitude45.8485380 (N 45° 50’ 55”)
Longitude5.6515630 (E 5° 39’ 6”)
AltitudeFrom 241m to 1059m
Surface area12.55 km²
Population1162 inhabitants
Density92 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBourg-en-Bresse (77 km, 1h10)
Insee code01452
IntercommunalityCC Bugey Sud

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Martin-de-Bavel3.8 km (8 min)
Pugieu4.4 km (6 min)
Cuzieu4.9 km (10 min)
Artemare5.8 km (8 min)
Andert-et-Condon7.1 km (10 min)
Cheignieu-la-Balme7.1 km (9 min)
Chazey-Bons7.4 km (8 min)
Ceyzérieu7.7 km (14 min)
Talissieu7.8 km (10 min)
Vieu8 km (13 min)
Champagne-en-Valromey8.4 km (13 min)
Rossillon8.6 km (9 min)
Belmont-Luthézieu8.7 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

Visit the nearby historic district, the cascade of Clairefontaine.

To do: hiking tours, cliff climbing, fly fishing and supervised swimming in the summer.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

The 14 and 15 August: Festival of Lake Virieu-le-Grand.


Cascade Clairefontaine
Cascade Clairefontaine
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The bike rails Bugey to Pugieu.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Cellar tour and tasting at Maison Mollex
Local flavours5 € Corbonod (18.7 km)
Canoe kayak ride down the Old Rhône
Sports sensations27 € to 35 € Seyssel (18.8 km)
Sightseeing in a Citroën 2CV
Entertainment140 € to 240 € Annecy (37 km)
Discover Annecy by segway - 1 hour 30 minutes
Entertainment42 € Annecy (37 km)
Bike hire in Annecy - 2 hours
Sports sensations9 € Annecy (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Séran and the Cerveyrieu waterfall
HikeEasy2h30Artemare (4.4 km)
The Evosges Memorial Trail
HikeEasy3h30Évosges (17.2 km)
Sentier de randonnée - Tour de la Grande Montagne
HikeAthletic5h45Lalleyriat (34 km)
Sentier de randonnée - La Roche d'Au-Delà
HikeAthletic4h25Nantua (34 km)
Le Semnoz from the North
Cycling itineraryAthletic1h45Annecy (37 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals