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Challes tourism and travel guide

Photo of Challes in Ain

Photo is of Bourg-en-Bresse at 20 km from Challes

Visit Challes: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Bourg-en-Bresse at 20 km and Perouges at 33 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Challes, 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 Challes in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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



at 20 km (direction west-north-west)

As well as exploring the cathedral and town centre...

See Bourg-en-Bresse guide


Most Beautiful Village at 33 km (direction south-west)

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

See Perouges guide


at 38 km (direction west-south-west)

The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect...

See Dombes guide


at 43 km (direction south-south-east)

The cathedral and adjacent historic centre are the highlight...

See Belley guide


at 47 km (direction south-south-west), in the Isere department

With some of the most extensive medieval ramparts in...

See Cremieu guide


at 53 km (direction west-north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to...

See Macon guide


at 60 km (direction south-east), in the Savoie department

Aix-les-Bains is one of the best preserved 'belle-epoque' spa towns...

See Aix-les-Bains guide
Lyon Presqu'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 63 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

The Presqu'ile region of Lyon is characterised by 19th...

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide


at 63 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

Lyon has all the impressive buildings and monuments, museums,...

See Lyon guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 63 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

In Vieux Lyon there are numerous impressive townhouses of the 16th...

See Lyon Old Town guide


at 65 km (direction north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

The Abbey of Saint-Philibert is the highlight in Tournus, but you will...

See Tournus guide
Tournus abbey

Tournus abbey

Abbey at 65 km (direction north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

The abbey at Tournus is a 12th century abbey in roman style...

See Tournus abbey guide

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

Map of places to visit near Challes


Markets in and near Challes

  • Poncin: market Monday (6km)
  • Pont-d'Ain: market Saturday (13km)
  • Hauteville-Lompnes: market Saturday (19km)
  • Bourg-en-Bresse: market Wednesday & Sunday & Saturday (20km)
  • Amberieu-en-Bugey: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Oyonnax: market Thursday & Saturday & Monday (21km)
  • Lagnieu: market Monday (26km)
  • Bellegarde-sur-Valserine: market Thursday all day (27km)
  • Meximieux: market Wednesday (32km)
  • Seyssel: market Monday (34km)

More information about Challes, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Challes, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Brou Royal Monastery (20km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (39km)
  • Cremieu (47km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haut-Jura (49km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cascade de la queue de cheval (44km)
  • Lacs d'Étival (50km)
  • Lac de Lamoura (50km)
  • Col de la Faucille (51km)
  • Gorges du Fier (51km)
  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (54km)
  • Lac de l'Abbaye (57km)
  • Seille (Saône) (59km)
  • Confluence - la Seille (59km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Vulbas (35km)
  • Vonnas (38km)

Geography and distances

Challes is in the east of France at 20 kilometres from Bourg-en-Bresse, the department capital (general information: Challes is 383 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Challes

Canton: Poncin

Arrondissement: Nantua

Department: Ain

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 0

Distance to Challes

from Bourg-en-Bresse (prefecture): 20 km

from Paris: 383 km

from Calais: 598 km

from Nice: 305 km

from Bordeaux: 492 km

from Strasbourg: 323 km

Getting here

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

We have 12 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bohas-Meyriat-Rignat, Ceignes, Cerdon, Hautecourt-Romaneche, Labalme, Leyssard, Maillat, Peyriat, Poncin, Saint-Alban, Serrieres-sur-Ain and Vieu-d'Izenave.

This page in French: Visiter Challes

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