Bonson tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Saint-Etienne at 17 km from Bonson

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Bonson is situated in the Loire 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 Bonson in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Etienne at 17 km and Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez at 30 km.

Bonson, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 17 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Saint-Etienne guide


Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction south-east)

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

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at 37 km (direction west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of Livradois-Forez has a...

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at 38 km (direction east-south-east)

The Chateau de Virieu and the old market hall are among the highlights when...

See Pelussin guide


at 43 km (direction east-south-east)

We found Malleval to be one of the loveliest villages in the Regional Natural...

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at 46 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Eveux guide
La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 46 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

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

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at 48 km (direction west-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

Olliergues is a small village with an unspoiled historic centre in the Livradois-Forez naturel...

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at 53 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

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

See Allegre guide


at 53 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

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

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Most Beautiful Village at 55 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

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

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Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 55 km (direction east-north-east), in the Rhone department

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

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at 55 km (direction east-north-east), in the Rhone department

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

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Lyon Presqu\'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 55 km (direction east-north-east), in the Rhone department

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

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Markets in and near Bonson

  • Sury-le-Comtal: market Wednesday (3km)
  • Andrezieux-Boutheon: market Tuesday (3km)
  • Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (3km)
  • Veauche: market Wednesday (7km)
  • Saint-Galmier: market Monday (11km)
  • Roche-la-Moliere: market Wednesday & Saturday (13km)
  • Montrond-les-Bains: market Thursday (14km)
  • Unieux: market Wednesday & Saturday (14km)
  • Montbrison: market Saturday (15km)
  • Saint-Etienne: market Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday & Friday (16km)

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Tourist attractions near Bonson, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Saint-Galmier (11km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (22km)
  • Ambert (37km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pilat (32km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (51km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l’écomusée (26km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Col des Pradeaux (29km)
  • Perdrix Crest (32km)
  • Oeillon Crest (34km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Ecully (52km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (29km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (39km)

Geography and distances

Bonson is in the eastern-center of France at 17 kilometres from Saint-Etienne, the department capital (general information: Bonson is 396 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Bonson

Canton: Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert

Arrondissement: Montbrison

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42160

Distance to Bonson

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 17 km

from Paris: 396 km

from Calais: 628 km

from Nice: 315 km

from Bordeaux: 383 km

from Strasbourg: 433 km

Getting here

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

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Andrezieux-Boutheon, Saint-Cyprien, Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert, Saint-Marcellin-en-Forez, Sury-le-Comtal, Veauche and Veauchette.

This page in French: Visiter Bonson