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Photo is of Oingt at 28 km from Lay

Visit Lay: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Oingt at 28 km and Bagnols at 30 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Lay, 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 Lay in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 28 km (direction east), in the Rhone department

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

See Oingt guide


at 30 km (direction east), in the Rhone department

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

See Bagnols guide


at 31 km (direction east), in the Rhone department

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

See Theize guide


at 35 km (direction east-south-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Eveux guide


Most Beautiful Village at 36 km (direction north-north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

As well as the pretty village itself, you can also visit...

See Semur-en-Brionnais guide


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

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

See Anse guide


at 42 km (direction north-north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

Much the most visited site in this pretty village...

See Anzy-le-Duc guide


at 43 km (direction east), in the Ain department

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

See Trevoux guide


at 44 km (direction east-north-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Belleville guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

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

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

See Lyon Old Town guide
Lyon Presqu'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

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

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

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide


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

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

See Lyon guide


at 54 km (direction north-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

Solutré-Pouilly would perhaps go unnoticed except for the great rock-cliff behind the...

See Solutre-Pouilly guide


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

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

See Olliergues guide

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

Map of places to visit near Lay


Markets in and near Lay

  • Amplepuis: market Tuesday (9km)
  • Le Coteau: market Wednesday (13km)
  • Roanne: market Sunday & Friday (15km)
  • Balbigny: market Monday (15km)
  • Cours-la-Ville: market Wednesday & Saturday & Monday (18km)
  • Charlieu: market Wednesday & Saturday (23km)
  • Feurs: market Tuesday (24km)
  • Le Bois-d'Oingt: market Tuesday (28km)
  • Boen: market Thursday (29km)
  • Chauffailles: market Friday (29km)

More information about Lay, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Lay, France

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

Grand sites of France

  • Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson (54km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Charlieu (23km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (40km)
  • Saint-Galmier (41km)
  • Trevoux (43km)
  • Lapalisse (55km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Saint-Fortuné de Charlieu (Charlieu) (23km)
  • Couvent des Cordeliers (Saint-Nizier-sous-Charlieu) (23km)
  • Eglise de Saint Marcel (Iguerande) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Hilaire (Semur-en-Brionnais) (36km)
  • Prieuré d'Anzy-le-Duc (Anzy-le-Duc) (42km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens (Varenne-l'Arconce) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-en-Brionnais) (44km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Montceaux-l'Etoile) (46km)
  • Eglise de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Neuilly-en-Donjon) (50km)
  • Chapelle aux Moines (Berze-la-Ville) (58km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Le jardin de Zéphyr (33km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (36km)
  • Les Jardins du château de Drée (40km)
  • Parc du château de Laye (41km)
  • Jardin du château de Chaumont (41km)
  • Les jardins Romans de Varenne-l'Arconce (43km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Roche de Solutré (54km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Ecully (48km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (37km)

Geography and distances

Lay is in the eastern-center of France at 59 kilometres from Saint-Etienne, the department capital (general information: Lay is 352 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Lay

Canton: Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay

Arrondissement: Roanne

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42470

Distance to Lay

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 59 km

from Paris: 352 km

from Calais: 582 km

from Nice: 347 km

from Bordeaux: 394 km

from Strasbourg: 395 km

Getting here

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

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chirassimont, Croizet-sur-Gand, Fourneaux, Neaux, Neulise, Pradines, Regny, Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay and Saint-Victor-sur-Rhins.

This page in French: Visiter Lay

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