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Apinac tourism and travel guide

Photo of Apinac in Loire

Photo is of La Chaise-Dieu at 24 km from Apinac

Visit Apinac: highlights and tourist information

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Apinac is situated in the Loire department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Popular places to visit nearby include La Chaise-Dieu at 24 km and Ambert at 27 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Apinac, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Apinac in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 24 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

The church, cloisters and Danse Macabre fresco in the abbey are...

See La Chaise-Dieu guide


at 27 km (direction west-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of...

See Ambert guide


at 30 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

Be sure to climb to the castle above Allegre to see...

See Allegre guide


at 31 km (direction east)

Originally an industrial town, regeneration of the Place Jean Jaures, the cathedral...

See Saint-Etienne guide


Most Beautiful Village at 32 km (direction east-south-east)

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual because...

See Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay

at 39 km (direction south-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to...

See Le Puy-en-Velay guide


at 43 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

Olliergues is a small village with an unspoiled historic centre in the...

See Olliergues guide


Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and...

See Lavaudieu guide


at 49 km (direction west), in the Haute-Loire department

The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the...

See Auzon guide


at 49 km (direction west), in the Haute-Loire department

Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the largest romanesque...

See Brioude guide


at 52 km (direction west-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The principal monuments in Sauxillanges, the monastery and the castle, are not...

See Sauxillanges guide


at 55 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

Once home to Coco Chanel, Courpiere is a village in...

See Courpiere guide


at 59 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the highlights...

See Desaignes guide


at 69 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

Eveux, in the Rhone, is visited for the La Tourette...

See Eveux guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Loire

Map of places to visit near Apinac


Markets in and near Apinac

  • Saint-Pal-de-Chalencon: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Usson-en-Forez: market Sunday (5km)
  • Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau: market Friday (7km)
  • Bas-en-Basset: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Craponne-sur-Arzon: market Saturday & (13km)
  • Monistrol-sur-Loire: market Friday (17km)
  • Aurec-sur-Loire: market Wednesday & Friday (17km)
  • Retournac: market Wednesday & (20km)
  • Pont-Salomon: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Saint-Maurice-de-Lignon: market Sunday (21km)

More information about Apinac, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Apinac, France

What to do at Apinac? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Apinac.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Aulteribe Chateau (58km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (28km)
  • Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil) (38km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l’écomusée (4km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Col des Pradeaux (20km)
  • Bois Noirs (33km)
  • Perdrix Crest (45km)

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Apinac is in the eastern-center of France at 31 kilometres from Saint-Etienne, the department capital (general information: Apinac is 406 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Apinac

Canton: Saint-Bonnet-le-Château

Arrondissement: Montbrison

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42550

Distance to Apinac

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 31 km

from Paris: 406 km

from Calais: 639 km

from Nice: 319 km

from Bordeaux: 364 km

from Strasbourg: 456 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Apinac from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Estivareilles, Merle-Leignec, Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau, Saint-Pal-de-Chalencon and Usson-en-Forez.

This page in French: Visiter Apinac

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