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Virieu-le-Grand

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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

MunicipalityVirieu-le-Grand
Postcode01510
Latitude45.8485380 (N 45° 50’ 55”)
Longitude5.6515630 (E 5° 39’ 6”)
AltitudeFrom 241m to 1059m
Surface area12.55 km²
Population1202 inhabitants
Density95 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBourg-en-Bresse (77 km, 1h10)
Insee code01452
IntercommunalityCC Bugey-Arène-Furans
DepartmentAin
RegionRhône-Alpes

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

Information points
Monuments
Natural sites
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Events and festivities

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

Photos

Cascade Clairefontaine
Cascade Clairefontaine
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Weather

Wednesday 4 march
Min. -1°C - Max. 3°C
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Thursday 5 march
Min. -1°C - Max. 1°C
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Friday 6 march
Min. -4°C - Max. 5°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The bike rails Bugey to Pugieu.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe kayak ride down the Old Rhône
Sports sensations27 € to 35 € Seyssel (18.8 km)
Karting at one of Europe’s most beautiful sites
Sports sensations24 € Rumilly (26 km)
Sightseeing plane flight over the Alps
Nature and the great outdoors46 € to 148 € Metz-Tessy (36 km)
Sightseeing in a Citroën 2CV
Entertainment140 € to 240 € Annecy (37 km)
Guided tour or accompaniment in Savoy
Culture and education30 € Annecy (37 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Séran and the Cerveyrieu waterfall
HikeEasy2h30Artemare (4.4 km)
The Evosges Memorial Trail
HikeEasy3h30Évosges (17.2 km)
Le Semnoz from the North
Cycling itineraryAthletic2h10Annecy (37 km)
Tour of Mollard de Nétru
Village visitIntermediate1h30Chancia (55 km)
Nezan - Montcusel
HikeIntermediate4h30Dortan (55 km)

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