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L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loire

It is in the heart of Forez, in the department of Loire, that is the charming small village of L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort. Located in the arrondissement of Montbrison, it is on the old road leading from Lyon to Clermont and Limoges.

Former important post house, L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort has had a golden age of the Middle Ages, with the creation of a priory, until the 18th century and the change of the route of the Royal way. It was not until the arrival of the railway a century later that the commune resumed an economic life.

Today, L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort is known for its tourist activity, and especially its medieval architectural heritage. Its location also makes it an excellent pied-à-terre to appreciate all the charms of this region of France.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.7740780 (N 45° 46’ 27”)
Longitude3.9345590 (E 3° 56’ 4”)
AltitudeFrom 411m to 578m
Surface area1.15 km²
Population125 inhabitants
Density108 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Etienne (65 km, 54 min)
Insee code42109
IntercommunalityCC du Pays d'Astrée
TerritoryLyonnais, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Laurent-Rochefort1.2 km (3 min)
Débats-Rivière-d'Orpra4.1 km (7 min)
Leigneux5.9 km (8 min)
Ailleux6 km (11 min)
Boën-sur-Lignon8 km (10 min)
Saint-Thurin8.5 km (9 min)
Sail-sous-Couzan8.6 km (11 min)
Cezay8.7 km (14 min)
La Côte-en-Couzan8.8 km (14 min)
Saint-Martin-la-Sauveté8.8 km (15 min)
Saint-Sixte9 km (14 min)
Palogneux10 km (16 min)
Saint-Didier-sur-Rochefort10.1 km (16 min)
Trelins10.3 km (12 min)
Sainte-Agathe-la-Bouteresse10.7 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

Former church of the medieval priory, Notre-Dame still stands proudly in the village of L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort. Of the original building, of Romanesque style, only the square of the crossing of the transept remains. The nave was rebuilt in the 15th century, just like the bell tower. Inside, you can admire 15th-century murals in the choir, as well as scenes from the life of the Virgin of the eighteenth century.

There are still some vestiges of the former priory, but it was ravaged by a fire in the second half of the 20th century. Partly private and communal, it has been renovated in some places.

Walking through the town, you will be able to admire the remains of the 15th century ramparts, such as the door of Boën leaned against a fortified house, or the beautiful house of Coupat, a 16th century bourgeois residence. This last one welcomes bed and breakfast.

Events and festivities

In April, place at the Troc'Plantes, for exchanges of seeds, seedlings and advice, as well as for various friendly animations.

A large, friendly paella is offered every spring.

For the festival of music, in June, L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort organizes a gourmet market in addition to concerts.

Every first weekend of September, the village organizes its patronal feast with animations, a passage of brioche or even a dancing meal.

In the beginning of December, the installation of the Christmas tree of the commune is the occasion to spend a friendly moment around a hot wine and animations.


View of the village
View of the village
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The church of L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort
The church of L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort
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House of the village
House of the village
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The vault of the church of L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort
The vault of the church of L'Hôpital-sous-Rochefort
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The Virgin and Child
The Virgin and Child
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Thursday 21 september
Min. 4°C - Max. 23°C
Friday 22 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 22°C
Saturday 23 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Laberge chocolate and biscuit factory tour
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Polgues (15.9 km)
Visit to a knife-maker’s workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArconsat (20 km)
See carthorses at work
Culture and education1 € to 5 € Le Mayet-de-Montagne (40 km)
Tour of a manual woodturning workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArlanc (42 km)
Tour of a sustainable saffron farm
Local flavours1 € to 6 € La Gimond (45 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Villages of the Côte Roannaise
Car itineraryEasy4h00Cordelle (21 km)
Rilly Castle Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Cordelle (21 km)
Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, Pêt d'Âne and La Roche Castle
Car itineraryEasy5h00Cordelle (21 km)
Mars Peninsula
HikeEasy3h00Cordelle (21 km)
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (38 km)


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