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Fontanes tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Saint-Etienne at 13 km from Fontanes

Visit Fontanes: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Etienne at 13 km and Pelussin at 24 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Fontanes, 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 Fontanes in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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



at 13 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Saint-Etienne guide


at 24 km (direction east-south-east)

The Chateau de Virieu and the old market hall are...

See Pelussin guide


at 29 km (direction east-south-east)

We found Malleval to be one of the loveliest...

See Malleval guide


Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide


at 33 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Eveux guide
Vienne (town)

Vienne (town)

at 34 km (direction east), in the Isere department

The combination of both Roman and medieval monuments in...

See Vienne (town) guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

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

In Vieux Lyon there are numerous impressive townhouses of...

See Lyon Old Town guide


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

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

See Lyon guide
Lyon Presqu'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

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

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

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide


at 43 km (direction north-north-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Bagnols guide


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

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

See Theize guide


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

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

See Oingt guide


at 48 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Anse guide


at 51 km (direction north-east), in the Ain department

The quiet town of Trevoux in Ain has several historical...

See Trevoux guide

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

Map of places to visit near Fontanes


Markets in and near Fontanes

  • La Talaudiere: market Tuesday & Saturday (7km)
  • Saint-Chamond: market Tuesday & Thursday (10km)
  • Saint-Galmier: market Monday (10km)
  • Chazelles-sur-Lyon: market Friday (11km)
  • Saint-Etienne: market Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday & Friday (11km)
  • La Grand-Croix: market Monday (11km)
  • Veauche: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Rive-de-Gier: market Tuesday & Friday (13km)
  • Andrezieux-Boutheon: market Tuesday (14km)
  • Roche-la-Moliere: market Wednesday & Saturday (16km)

More information about Fontanes, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Fontanes, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (35km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (10km)
  • Saint-Galmier (11km)
  • Trevoux (51km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pilat (21km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (38km)
  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (39km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc de Gerland (39km)
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (41km)
  • Jardin de l’écomusée (42km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (48km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Perdrix Crest (21km)
  • Oeillon Crest (22km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (42km)
  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (49km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Ecully (37km)
  • Chaponnay (40km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (11km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (26km)
  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (41km)

Geography and distances

Fontanes is in the eastern-center of France at 13 kilometres from Saint-Etienne, the department capital (general information: Fontanes is 400 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Fontanes

Canton: Saint-Héand

Arrondissement: Saint-Étienne

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42140

Distance to Fontanes

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 13 km

from Paris: 400 km

from Calais: 630 km

from Nice: 304 km

from Bordeaux: 401 km

from Strasbourg: 421 km

Getting here

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

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aveizieux, Chatelus, Chevrieres, Grammond, La Gimond, Marcenod, Saint-Christo-en-Jarez, Saint-Heand, Saint-Medard-en-Forez and Valfleury.

This page in French: Visiter Fontanes

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