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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Rhône

Oingt - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Rhône

Oingt is a charming medieval village in the Land of Golden Stones, a group of villages coloured in pretty golden tones. The only "Most Beautiful Village in France"-certified location in the department of Rhône, fortified and standing on a hilltop, it overlooks the Azergues Valley and the hills of Pays Beaujolais, offering stunning views. In the older part of Oingt, wander the winding, cobbled streets and admire old houses with golden façades along with a fine built heritage.

Built in the 12th century, Oingt tower is a remnant of the second castle where the lords lived. Standing 18 metres tall, it houses a three-storey museum. From the wall walk and the terrace, admire the panoramic views below to your heart's content. Continue your tour with the fortified gate of Nizy, all that remains of the ramparts dismantled in the 16th century, the castle chapel and the 13th-century Church of St. Matthew, which was once a seigniorial residence.

Oingt also owes its picturesque charm to the many shops dotted along its narrow streets: you will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of pottery, jewellery, sculptures, paintings and blown glass items made and sold by the artists and craftspeople of Oingt!

Mélomanes, the Mechanical Music Centre, offers a fantastic collection of player pianos, barrel organs, music boxes and more. A festival of mechanical music also takes place there on the first weekend of September every year.

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Village ranked among the most beautiful in France, with good restaurants.

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