Cremieu, Rhone-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Cremieu (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Cremieu is located to the east of Lyon, in the Rhone-Alps region of eastern France. The town developed in the 13th century, initially around a benedictine priory built on the cliffs, then later around a castle, and each century since has left its mark on the town of Cremieu that we visit today.
It is an attractive town with an interesting medieval centre to explore inside the original 14th century medieval ramparts - it is said that the ramparts are among the longest still in existence in France.
Incorporated within the fortified walls of Cremieu there are several defensive towers and gateways, of which the 14th century Porte de la Loi was the original main entrance to the town (although the walls are missing here the gateway is still intact). The 'Tower with Windows' is one of the most interesting to be seen, while another is the so-called 'mushroom tower'.
As you explore Cremieu old town you will see lots of attractive medieval houses, many with small interesting features to enjoy, such as attractively carved doors and ancient shutters. There are some houses that deserve particular attention, such as the Maison de Martinas in the Rue du Marché-Vieux which is one of the oldest houses in the town and has an ornately carved series of windows.
See also the very substantial covered 15th century market hall, built in stone and wood and with impressive carpentry work supporting its lauze roof, and the fortified church.
Long an important religious centre, there are also two important convents to see in Cremieu: (1) the Augustin convent and cloisters (the cloisters have carefully maintained gardens and stone-arch arcades) and (2) the convent of the Visitandines and their associated historical pharmacy.
The 12th century benedictine priory, long since abandoned, stands in majestic ruins on the Saint Hippolyte hill.
You can also visit the 13th century Dauphin Castle that once played an important role in the struggles between the Dauphins and the Savoys and their efforts to control the region, a struggle that ended with the important Treaty of Lyon being signed at the beginning of the 17th century. After three centuries of neglect the castle was renovated in the early 20th century.
Wednesday is market day in Cremieu if you want to do some shopping while being part of a 500 year old tradition - but there are plenty of shops and restaurants in the town whichever day you choose to visit.
Ask at Cremieu tourist office for a guided map so you don't miss the highlights that are sometimes a little bit hidden away in the backstreets
Map of Cremieu and places to visit
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Cremieu is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: Crémieu, Tour-du-Pin, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, 38460, France || GPS: latitude 45.7258, longitude 5.25222
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
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- Perouges: most beautiful village (21km)
- Walibi Rhone Alpes: theme park (26km)
- Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage: site of natural beauty (26km)
- Chaponnay: ville fleurie 4* (27km)
- Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés: site of natural beauty (30km)
- Vienne: town of art and history (37km)
Market days in Cremieu, France
Regular market(s) are held in Cremieu each Wednesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Cremieu (Francais)