Bagnols, Rhone-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing

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Bagnols is a small village in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside. It is in the Rhone department in the Rhone Alpes region.

Exploring Bagnols

Bagnols is a beautiful little village with an attractive church and a castle in the centre. The main square, called the Place du Chateau has the Chateau running along its lower edge and the village Mairie on one side. These as well as all the other buildings in the village are built in a beautiful golden stone which comes from the quarries just above the village.

There is a large stone cross on the square which was erected during the role of the Emperor Napolean (1804).

A small bar/restaurant on the square gives you the chance to relax and take in your surroundings.

At the top of the village is the church  which was built in the 15th century. The church windows have a very pale stained glass giving the interior a very light and airy atmosphere. It is very unusual but makes a pleasant change from the darker interiors more common in churches..

Bagnols is surrounded by vines used to make the lovely Beaujolais wines of the region. Historically the village grew up around the main trades of wine-making and stone-cutting as a result of the vines and the quarries in the neighbourhood. The quarries have closed now but wine making is still an important industry.

Bagnols chateau has been renovated and restored by an English couple, Peter and Helen Hamlyn, and is now a luxurious hotel decorated with fabulous period furniture and surrounded by attractive French-style gardens. Famous guests include Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis and the rock group 'The Cure'.

The chateau dates from the 13th century and has a wonderful Renaissance mantelpiece carved with the Arms of France for a visit by King Charles VIII.

Places to Visit Nearby

In the local area there are a number of small round buildings made of stone called bories. The best examples are at nearby Theizé.

This is Beaujolais countryside and so there are plentiful opportunities for wine tasting and buying in the area.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Rhone guide and the Rhone-Alpes guide.

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Address: Bagnols, Bois-d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, 69620, France || GPS: latitude 45.9183, longitude 4.6081

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Oingt: most beautiful village (4km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard: remarkable garden (7km)
  • Trevoux: recommended detour (13km)
  • Parc du château de Laye: remarkable garden (18km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu: zoo or wildlife park (19km)
  • Ecully: ville fleurie 4* (21km)
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or: remarkable garden (24km)
  • Lyon: secteur sauvegarde (24km)
  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon: zoo or wildlife park (25km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon): religious monument (25km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés: site of natural beauty (25km)
  • Historic Lyon: heritage site (25km)

The French version of this page is at Bagnols (Francais)