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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain

Near Bourg-en-Bresse, in the department of Ain, stands the city of Viriat. Third largest town of Bresse, it enjoys spectacular scenery and greenery. The lakes abound in the area, and visitors will enjoy the fresh air.

nice town, Viriat dates back to Celtic times as evidenced by some remains found there during archaeological excavations. A Land of the Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem during the Middle Ages, it is now mostly on tourism.

This city offers many entertainment and sports facilities, as well as a wealth of interest. Old monuments and parks each bring a certain charm to the whole. Viriat has been awarded three flowers in the competition of cities and flowered villages of France.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.2532090 (N 46° 15’ 12”)
Longitude5.2167210 (E 5° 13’ 0”)
AltitudeFrom 206m to 257m
Surface area45.03 km²
Population6470 inhabitants
Density143 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBourg-en-Bresse (7.4 km, 13 min)
Insee code01451
IntercommunalityCA du Bassin de Bourg-en-Bresse
TerritoriesAlps, Jura mountains

Nearest cities & towns

Bourg-en-Bresse7.4 km (13 min)
Saint-Denis-lès-Bourg7.6 km (13 min)
Attignat7.6 km (10 min)
Polliat9.4 km (11 min)
Saint-Martin-le-Châtel9.8 km (13 min)
Saint-Just10.2 km (11 min)
Péronnas10.6 km (15 min)
Saint-Rémy10.6 km (17 min)
Bresse Vallons10.8 km (14 min)
Saint-Étienne-du-Bois11.2 km (12 min)
Marboz11.4 km (12 min)
Jasseron11.5 km (14 min)
Malafretaz12 km (14 min)
Meillonnas12.6 km (15 min)
Buellas13 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Listed historic monument, Castle Fleyriat was built in the second half of the nineteenth century by Edward Corroyer former student of Viollet-le-Duc. The site is open to the public on guided tours between July and October and for Heritage Days.

The church was rebuilt in the early nineteenth century, revealing an interior inspired by the neoclassical style. The apse and two chapels, dating from the fifteenth century, are for their Gothic.

Walking through the old center, we find the ruins of the fortified house Roux, or the mansion Gélière, rebuilt in the late fifteenth century.

Green spaces abound on Viriat, including three ponds, one Goal, one of Gonnets, and the Willow. They were classified area of ​​ecological interest, flora and fauna, like the wood of Grand Champs.

Events and festivities

The DTK festival, In your Kulte, takes place every year in June. The event offers mostly rap concerts.

Viriat is unusual, since the late nineteenth century, not to celebrate the national holiday on July 14, but August 1st. For the occasion, a dance, fireworks and a torchlight are organized.

In early August, the gourmand is a tour combining sport and gastronomy, with gourmet stops along the route.

In August, up to the hunting party including a petanque competition, a meal, a mass and various animations.


Saturday 18 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 23°C
Sunday 19 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C
Monday 20 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe-kayak or stand-up paddle hire
Sports sensations7 € to 180 € Ratenelle (38 km)
Canoe hire on the Saône
Sports sensations9 € to 20 € Tournus (42 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Circuit of the oak grove of Seillon
HikeEasy1h10Péronnas (9.4 km)
From the base the "Plaine Tonic" to the village of Etrez - Mountain bike circuit No.2 (blue)
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h05Malafretaz (11.3 km)
Hiking Between pleasure of the eyes and taste buds
HikeEasy3h35Vonnas (17.7 km)
Walking tour from Vonnas
HikeEasy1h05Vonnas (17.7 km)
Walk The waterfall Pisse Cow
HikeEasy40 minMatafelon-Granges (21 km)


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