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Chalmazel is a small village located 900 m above sea level, northwest of the department. Chalmazel is in the heart of the High Chaumes is a listed sensitive natural area. Rivers, ponds, mountains are the wealth of this village. Chalmazel also includes a ski resort, the slopes we are at 1120 m altitude, and the tops of them to 1640 m altitude.

Geographical information

Latitude45.7025450 (N 45° 42’ 9”)
Longitude3.8504990 (E 3° 51’ 2”)
AltitudeFrom 740m to 1595m
Surface area53.39 km²
Population484 inhabitants
Density9 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Etienne (78 km, 1h08)
Insee code42039
IntercommunalityCA Loire Forez
TerritoryLyonnais, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Just-en-Bas7.3 km (13 min)
Sauvain8.9 km (12 min)
Saint-Georges-en-Couzan9 km (12 min)
La Valla-sur-Rochefort11.5 km (17 min)
Palogneux13.3 km (20 min)
Sail-sous-Couzan15 km (19 min)
La Chamba15 km (19 min)
Saint-Pierre-la-Bourlhonne16.4 km (23 min)
Saint-Jean-la-Vêtre17.4 km (27 min)
Saint-Bonnet-le-Courreau17.6 km (23 min)
La Côte-en-Couzan17.7 km (28 min)
Leigneux17.7 km (22 min)
La Chambonie18.1 km (24 min)
Saint-Didier-sur-Rochefort19.3 km (30 min)

Things to see and do

Chalmazel is a village that lives through the seasons. Whether its ski slopes in winter or summer forest acrobatic park, Chalmazel offers sports activities throughout the year. Heritage is also unavoidable Chalmazel, the castle of Marcilly-Talaru was built in the 13th century by the Counts of Drill. You can also admire in Chalmazel, the windows of Theodore Hanssen in the village church. Their story will be told through the voice of Brigitte Fossey. A dozen hiking is done on the village of Chalmazel.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

A market is held every Wednesday in the village of Chalmazel, where you can find throughout the year, local products, such as Fourme Montbrison. Every year, the Col du Béal, you can participate in the feast of blueberries. Every two years, is organized in Chalmazel, a medieval festival.


Château des Marcilly Talaru
Château des Marcilly Talaru
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Saturday 23 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 23°C
Sunday 24 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 24°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Museum of Fourme, also called House Sauvagnarde, is a must. It is located Sauvain, 10 minutes from Chalmazel. It offers a traditional farm architecture, rural life, the clog, and the production of the ant, local product. Close to Chalmazel in Saint-Bonnet-le-Courreau you can discover the mill Masson, to attend the production of rapeseed oil, nuts such as 100 years ago ...

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit to a knife-maker’s workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArconsat (22 km)
Laberge chocolate and biscuit factory tour
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Polgues (26 km)
Tour of a manual woodturning workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArlanc (32 km)
See carthorses at work
Culture and education1 € to 5 € Le Mayet-de-Montagne (43 km)
Visit of a craft biscuit factory
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Rémy-de-Chargnat (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (29 km)
Villages of the Côte Roannaise
Car itineraryEasy4h00Cordelle (31 km)
Rilly Castle Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Cordelle (31 km)
Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, Pêt d'Âne and La Roche Castle
Car itineraryEasy5h00Cordelle (31 km)
Mars Peninsula
HikeEasy3h00Cordelle (31 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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