Balan tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Perouges at 10 km from Balan

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Balan is situated in the Ain department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Balan in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Perouges at 10 km and Cremieu at 17 km.

Balan, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Most Beautiful Village at 10 km (direction north-east)

The hillside walled town of perouges is among our favourite villages to be found...

See Perouges guide


at 17 km (direction south-east), in the Isere department

With some of the most extensive medieval ramparts in France, Cremieu also has an...

See Cremieu guide


at 20 km (direction north-north-west)

The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect for fishing and bird-watching...

See Dombes guide
Lyon Presqu\'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 22 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

The Presqu'ile region of Lyon is characterised by 19th century architecture and upmarket shops...

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide


at 22 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

Lyon has all the impressive buildings and monuments, museums, shops and restaurants that you...

See Lyon guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 22 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

In Vieux Lyon there are numerous impressive townhouses of the 16th century, a cathedral,...

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at 28 km (direction west-north-west)

The quiet town of Trevoux in Ain has several historical monuments paying testament to...

See Trevoux guide


at 32 km (direction west-north-west), in the Rhone department

The quiet town of Anse retains some Roman remains that hint at its importance...

See Anse guide


at 37 km (direction west), in the Rhone department

Eveux, in the Rhone, is visited for the La Tourette Monastery designed by Le...

See Eveux guide
Vienne (town)

Vienne (town)

at 38 km (direction south-west), in the Isere department

The combination of both Roman and medieval monuments in Vienne make it one of...

See Vienne (town) guide


at 39 km (direction west-north-west), in the Rhone department

The quiet village of Theizé makes a pleasant detour when exploring the Beaujolais wine...

See Theize guide


at 39 km (direction west), in the Rhone department

Bagnols village with a castle is one of the pretty villages to explore in...

See Bagnols guide


at 41 km (direction north-west), in the Rhone department

Not an important tourist town, Belleville does have a couple of sites of interest...

See Belleville guide


Most Beautiful Village at 42 km (direction west-north-west), in the Rhone department

Completely renovated in recent years, Oingt is one of the prettiest villages in the...

See Oingt guide

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Map of places to visit near Balan


Markets in and near Balan

  • Montluel: market Friday (4km)
  • Beligneux: market Sunday (4km)
  • Meyzieu: market Wednesday & Saturday (11km)
  • Meximieux: market Wednesday (11km)
  • Pont-de-Cheruy: market Sunday (11km)
  • Miribel: market Thursday (11km)
  • Decines-Charpieu: market Tuesday & Sunday & Friday (13km)
  • Genas: market Sunday (13km)
  • Chassieu: market Wednesday & Saturday (14km)
  • Saint-Andre-de-Corcy: market Sunday (15km)

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Tourist attractions near Balan, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (25km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Brou Royal Monastery (43km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (22km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (23km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (20km)
  • Parc de Gerland (22km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (34km)
  • Parc du château de Laye (39km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (13km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (19km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Walibi Rhone Alpes (42km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Vulbas (15km)
  • Ecully (26km)
  • Chaponnay (26km)
  • Morestel (34km)
  • Vonnas (43km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (20km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (40km)
  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (51km)

Geography and distances

Balan is in the east of France at 43 kilometres from Bourg-en-Bresse, the department capital (general information: Balan is 395 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Balan

Canton: Montluel

Arrondissement: Bourg-en-Bresse

Department: Ain

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 0

Distance to Balan

from Bourg-en-Bresse (prefecture): 43 km

from Paris: 395 km

from Calais: 617 km

from Nice: 292 km

from Bordeaux: 457 km

from Strasbourg: 365 km

Getting here

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

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Anthon, Beligneux, Bressolles, Dagneux, Jonage, Jons, La Boisse, Montluel, Nievroz and Villette-d'Anthon.

This page in French: Visiter Balan