Pérouges

Travel Guide - Holidays & Tourism in the Ain

Tourism > France > Rhône-Alpes > Ain > Pérouges
Pérouges - Tourism in the Ain

Overlooking the Dombes Plateau from the top of its hill, the medieval town of Pérouges, listed among the most beautiful villages of France, boasts an exceptional built heritage, a reminder of a rich past linked to hemp growing and weaving. This superb fortified village, incredibly well-preserved from the ravages of time, is a real enchantment for lovers of old buildings, and has been a set for several films, such as "The Three Musketeers" and "Monsieur Vincent".

Once you pass through the gates of En Haut, you'll be amazed to discover its cobbled side streets lined with old facades, and its 15th-century church resembling a fortress. Here, medieval timber-framed houses with corbels and Renaissance residences dotted with mullioned windows will take you on a journey through time!

The wonderfully picturesque Place du Tilleul square at the heart of the village is enchanting to look at, with its 13th-century inn, Old St. George House, Tree of Liberty planted in 1792, and Museum of Old Pérouges. The latter, based in the House of Princes, the former home of the Dukes of Savoy, tells visitors all about the town's history, through collections of paintings, engravings, furniture, objects, tools, ceramics and musical instruments. A Hortulus, a charming medieval garden, as well as a beautiful view of Pérouges and the surrounding area from the watchtower, complete the visit.

Local food to try: Pérouges cake, a local speciality made of brioche pastry with sugar and butter, which you can enjoy warm, on its own or with cream and fruit coulis, all accompanied by a glass of Cerdon wine or a hot drink! A real treat...

Every year, the village hosts two big events, the Printemps de Pérouges music festival in May-June, and the big medieval festival in June.

Please vote:

Link to this page
Back to the guide of the Ain

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Back door ( © Jean Espirat )Back door ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Medieval alley ( © Jean Espirat )Medieval alley ( © Jean Espirat )
Medieval alley ( © Jean Espirat )Medieval alley ( © Jean Espirat )
 
almost obligatory stop by the shop specialties ( © Jean Espirat )almost obligatory stop by the shop specialties ( © Jean Espirat )
Second top door ( © Jean Espirat )Second top door ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Second door and entrance to the church ( © Jean Espirat )Second door and entrance to the church ( © Jean Espirat )
Second door ( © Jean Espirat )Second door ( © Jean Espirat )
 
gate above, seen from the inside ( © Jean Espirat )gate above, seen from the inside ( © Jean Espirat )
Shadows and mysteries in alleyways ( © Jean Espirat )Shadows and mysteries in alleyways ( © Jean Espirat )
 
gate low ( © Jean Espirat )gate low ( © Jean Espirat )
Door bottom ( © Jean Espirat )Door bottom ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Door bottom ( © Jean Espirat )Door bottom ( © Jean Espirat )
Gate high ( © Jean Espirat )Gate high ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Gate high, inside view ( © Jean Espirat )Gate high, inside view ( © Jean Espirat )
Statuette Saint Michel ( Jean © Espirat )Statuette Saint Michel ( Jean © Espirat )
 
Statue above the entrance to the church ( © Jean Espirat )Statue above the entrance to the church ( © Jean Espirat )
medieval alley, pebbled ( © Jean Espirat )medieval alley, pebbled ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Other medieval street ( © Jean Espirat )Other medieval street ( © Jean Espirat )
Other shop local specialty ( © Jean Espirat )Other shop local specialty ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Show capes and swords ( © Jean Espirat )Show capes and swords ( © Jean Espirat )
Show at the hostel ( © Jean Espirat )Show at the hostel ( © Jean Espirat )
 
Show at the hostel ( © Jean Espirat )Show at the hostel ( © Jean Espirat )

PLAN YOUR STAY

Find
Near your destination

LOCALISATION IN THE AIN

RELATED ARTICLES - PÉROUGES

Pérouges travel guide and tourist information
Churches and cathedrals: treasures of France’s religious heritage
Spa towns offering water with beneficial properties
Best places of the Ain
Best places of Rhône-Alpes
Photos of the category "Pérouges" to view and download
Photos of the Ain to view and download
Photos of Rhône-Alpes to view and download

TRAVEL & HOLIDAYS IN THE AIN

Vacation rentals in the AinBed & Breakfasts in the AinCampsites in the Ain
Hotels in the AinRestaurants in the AinLeisure activities in the Ain
Travel insuranceFlight to FranceCar rental in France
Residhome Genève Prévessin Le Carré d'Or
The Residhome Le Carré d'Or is located 9 km from Geneva city centre, 8 km from Geneva Cointrin Airport, Palexpo, United Nations and 5 km from the CERN...
Ain
Résidence la Réserve Genève Ferney Voltaire
Located near the Swiss border, the hotel features a privileged location among the peace and quiet of the countryside just...
More information
Hotels in Ain
Best prices, up to -70% discount on bookings
Vacation Rentals Ain
Selected rentals in Ain for 2 to 10 pers
Campsites in Ain
Great campsites in Ain
Low-Cost Rentals
Houses, villas, chalets, manor houses, farms, rentals at low cost