Artemare is a village in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 16 km north of Belley.
The modest territory of 3.75 km² ranges between 242 m and 360 m altitude and belongs to the natural and historical Valromey, in the Bugey, a valley sandwiched between two links of the Jura massif, the Grand Colombier and the Planachat.
Crossed by the courses of Yon and Séran, tributary of the Rhone, the locality falls under the Ancien regime of a fief erected in marquisate which becomes French in 1601. Agriculture and the manufacture of boats with flat bottom allowing Rallying the Rhone for a long time were its main economic vectors.
Close to the major tourist sites of the Northern Alps and Switzerland, its natural heritage and its associative and cultural dynamism now make Artemare (about 1,200 inhabitants) a stage of interest.
In terms of built heritage, two buildings are worth visiting at Artemare. It is first of St. Martin's Church, built in 1947 to replace a previous church destroyed before the war during a violent storm. Several elements come from the old Arvières Charterhouse. We can see a Renaissance style door, while the nave, the choir and four chapels present a neo-Romanesque style. You will also notice the stained glass windows depicting Saint Martin and Saint Arthaud.
In the village again, one can observe the Clos Lambert, a noble 16th century Renaissance building built on the foundations of a fortified house and now home to a help-by-work establishment. The roof and a mullioned window are particularly characteristic.
However, it is its environmental heritage that is the primary wealth of the town.
To see and overlooking the village, the cascade of Cerveyrieu, 60 m high, where the tumultuous waters of the Seran throw themselves against the cliff. The site is also a panoramic balcony on the Colombier and the Alps. The waterfall is among the 32 sites labeled Sensitive Natural Areas of the department of Ain. Information on +33 4 79 87 32 64.
We must also admire the site of the Virgin of Fierloz, a karst plateau of 75 hectares southwest of the territory. It is dotted with many lapiaz, streaks dug by the infiltration of water in the limestone in the form of steps. A statue of the Virgin on a promontory was erected in 1896 to commemorate the 14th centenary of the baptism of Clovis. In addition to the religious aspect, it houses a point of view on the plateau where there are more than 200 species of plants (lichens, dry or perennial lawns, boxwood) and protected wildlife (birds, reptiles, amphibians).
Lastly, we can mention the Cuve à Balthazar, a chasm on the edge of the commune where a micro-power station has been built.
These sites can obviously be very rewarding hiking goals (be careful, some sections may require specific equipment, including real walking shoes to cover the plateau). Other trails or circuits lead to Thurignin gorges, cross the banks of the Seran or lead down the Grand Colombier. Lastly, let's mention "zero carbon" rides to be traveled by family and specific circuits for cyclists. Maps, brochures and information on +33 4 79 81 29 06.
For who prefers a horseback ride, contact the equestrian center of Artemare at +33 6 82 93 49 67.
Finally, the Seran, ranked first category for its trout and other rivers crossing the town will delight fishermen. Information on the developed sites and the regulation at +33 4 74 22 38 38.