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Pérouges

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Pérouges - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain
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Overlooking the Dombes Plateau from the top of its hill, the medieval town of Pérouges, listed among the most beautiful villages of France, boasts an exceptional built heritage, a reminder of a rich past linked to hemp growing and weaving. This superb fortified village, incredibly well-preserved from the ravages of time, is a real enchantment for lovers of old buildings, and has been a set for several films, such as "The Three Musketeers" and "Monsieur Vincent".

Once you pass through the gates of En Haut, you'll be amazed to discover its cobbled side streets lined with old facades, and its 15th-century church resembling a fortress. Here, medieval timber-framed houses with corbels and Renaissance residences dotted with mullioned windows will take you on a journey through time!

The wonderfully picturesque Place du Tilleul square at the heart of the village is enchanting to look at, with its 13th-century inn, Old St. George House, Tree of Liberty planted in 1792, and Museum of Old Pérouges. The latter, based in the House of Princes, the former home of the Dukes of Savoy, tells visitors all about the town's history, through collections of paintings, engravings, furniture, objects, tools, ceramics and musical instruments. A Hortulus, a charming medieval garden, as well as a beautiful view of Pérouges and the surrounding area from the watchtower, complete the visit.

Local food to try: Pérouges cake, a local speciality made of brioche pastry with sugar and butter, which you can enjoy warm, on its own or with cream and fruit coulis, all accompanied by a glass of Cerdon wine or a hot drink! A real treat...

Every year, the village hosts two big events, the Printemps de Pérouges music festival in May-June, and the big medieval festival in June.

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Pérouges

Located south of the Dombes, one of the four countries Ain, 40 km from Lyon, the city of Pérouges overlooks part of the plain of Ain ​​upper plateau.

The old 12th century fortress was transformed into a city of the late 14th through charter franchise. Pérouges surprised by its rounded, pebble walls and bricks and charm intact.

You will love this walk in the flavors time!

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Place du tilleul in summer in Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
Place du tilleul in summer in Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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Medieval alley in Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
Medieval alley in Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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View of the door from below in Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
View of the door from below in Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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Street of the rounds and salt loft in Xn1b5t8©5T5tdj Marilou Perino)
Street of the rounds and salt loft in Xn1b5t8©5T5tdj Marilou Perino)
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House sundial Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
House sundial Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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Hostellerie du Vieux Pérouges (© Ketty Tranchina)
Hostellerie du Vieux Pérouges (© Ketty Tranchina)
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Lane Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
Lane Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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Street round to Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
Street round to Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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door in high (© Marilou Perino)
door in high (© Marilou Perino)
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Christmas market Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
Christmas market Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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Hostellerie night Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
Hostellerie night Pérouges (© Marilou Perino)
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Street princes to Pérouges in winter (© Marilou Perino)
Street princes to Pérouges in winter (© Marilou Perino)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Flowery Rue des Rondes (© C.Despalles)
Flowery Rue des Rondes (© C.Despalles)
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Place du for at Pérouges during the medieval festival (© Ketty Tranchina)
Place du for at Pérouges during the medieval festival (© Ketty Tranchina)
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Watchtower to Pérouges (© Sabrina Megani)
Watchtower to Pérouges (© Sabrina Megani)
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church fortress St. Mary Magdalene, seen from the city (© Pérouges Bugey Tourism)
church fortress St. Mary Magdalene, seen from the city (© Pérouges Bugey Tourism)
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Cité medieval
Cité medieval
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Parade Venetian Pérouges (© OT Pérouges)
Parade Venetian Pérouges (© OT Pérouges)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Upper door (© Jean Espirat)
Upper door (© Jean Espirat)
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Shadows and mysteries in the alleys (© Jean Espirat)
Shadows and mysteries in the alleys (© Jean Espirat)
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Lower door (© Jean Espirat)
Lower door (© Jean Espirat)
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Lower door (© Jean Espirat)
Lower door (© Jean Espirat)
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Upper door, interior view (© Jean Espirat)
Upper door, interior view (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette of Saint Michael (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette of Saint Michael (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette above the entrance to the church (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette above the entrance to the church (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval alley, paved with pebbles (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval alley, paved with pebbles (© Jean Espirat)
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Another medieval alley (© Jean Espirat)
Another medieval alley (© Jean Espirat)
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Show of capes and swords (© Jean Espirat)
Show of capes and swords (© Jean Espirat)
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Show in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
Show in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
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Show in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
Show in front of the inn (© Jean Espirat)
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Pérouges (© Fr antz)
Pérouges (© Fr antz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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Pérouges (© Frantz)
Pérouges (© Frantz)
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view Pérouges since St Christophe village (© Marilou Perino)
view Pérouges since St Christophe village (© Marilou Perino)
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Venetian Parade (© Jean Marc Chapel)
Venetian Parade (© Jean Marc Chapel)
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