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In Rhône-Alpes, in the Rhône department, is a charming little town full of interest, Arnas. It is located five kilometers away from Villefranche-sur-Saône and was built on the right bank of the Saône.

Formerly called Saint-Saturnin Arnas, the city was once located on a Roman road. She bequeathed his name to a famous battle of 1814 which saw the French army faced the Austrians.

In this town that has got a flower in the contest of cities and flowered villages, one can also enjoy an interesting architectural and historical heritage and enjoy good ambient mood. Dynamic, the city of Arnas also offers various cultural and entertaining events which attract visitors in addition to its ideal location for exploring the Rhone.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.0246070 (N 46° 1’ 29”)
Longitude4.7062690 (E 4° 42’ 23”)
AltitudeFrom 167m to 264m
Surface area17.52 km²
Population3508 inhabitants
Density200 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLyon (39 km, 28 min)
Insee code69013
IntercommunalityCA Villefranche Beaujolais Saône

Nearest cities & towns

Gleizé4.5 km (8 min)
Villefranche-sur-Saône4.6 km (8 min)
Saint-Julien5.1 km (7 min)
Blacé5.7 km (8 min)
Saint-Georges-de-Reneins6 km (7 min)
Salles-Arbuissonnas-en-Beaujolais7.1 km (10 min)
Limas7.3 km (11 min)
Beauregard7.5 km (11 min)
Saint-Étienne-des-Oullières7.5 km (9 min)
Denicé7.7 km (9 min)
Jassans-Riottier7.7 km (11 min)
Arbuissonnas8.2 km (11 min)
Fareins9.2 km (15 min)
Liergues9.3 km (13 min)
Odenas9.8 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

Charming small town in Rhône, Arnas still possesses a heritage full of interest.

Classified Historical Monument, Castle Laye was built around 1760 by the family of Epinay. One can still admire some remains of the fortress from the Middle Ages, especially in the vast vaulted rooms. The current building dates from 1760. Inside, the Golden Room, the dining room and living room have been classified as an historic monument. Modeled in a romantic style in the course of the nineteenth century, the park covers 22 hectares with the main component a long pond that hosts an island. In addition to being classified as an historic monument, the Laye Castle Park was also ranked remarkable garden of France.

Castle Longsard no shortage of attractions and more has also been listed historical monument. It was built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The city of Arnas

also houses within a beautiful Gothic church whose interior is worth seeing.

Events and festivities

Arnas no shortage of entertainment and is the source of several very popular events in the region.

Arnas hosts its weekly market every Thursday, from 8 am to 13h.

The traditional festival of Arnas conscripts takes place every year on the second Sunday of February. The

June hosts the famous flea market of Arnas the opportunity to do good business and discover the gem.

In September the city offers its day "Paradise and crafts" which highlights the old crafts, local crafts and gastronomy. Exhibitions are offered, as well as demonstrations of basket makers and other blacksmiths, or musical entertainment and a food continuously.


Friday 22 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 24°C
Saturday 23 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 24°C
Sunday 24 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tour and tasting of Beaujolais wine with the winegrower
Local flavours5 € Lantignié (15.9 km)
Horse ride in Green Beaujolais
Nature and the great outdoors20 € to 200 € Chamelet (17.6 km)
Vineyard to cellar tour - The secrets of Beaujolais
Local flavours11 € to 37 € Romanèche-Thorins (19.9 km)
Chocolate Workshop at The House of Karen Chocolate
Local flavours45 € to 65 € Limonest (23 km)
Escape Game "Game It": Full-size escape game - In Lyon
Entertainment24 € Lyon (29 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Hidden Treasures Circuit
Village visitEasy1h00Villefranche-sur-Saône (3.8 km)
Village visitEasy40 minVaux-en-Beaujolais (9.5 km)
Solutré Rock
HikeEasy1h00Solutré-Pouilly (30 km)
Circuit de bénévent
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h00Vaugneray (32 km)
Le grand tour
Mountain bike itineraryAthletic5h30Thurins (39 km)


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