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Merle-Leignec tourism and travel guide

Photo of Merle-Leignec in Loire

Photo is of La Chaise-Dieu at 27 km from Merle-Leignec

Visit Merle-Leignec: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include La Chaise-Dieu at 27 km and Ambert at 28 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Merle-Leignec, 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 Merle-Leignec in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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

La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 27 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

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

See La Chaise-Dieu guide


at 28 km (direction west-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of...

See Ambert guide


at 29 km (direction east)

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

See Saint-Etienne guide


Most Beautiful Village at 31 km (direction east-south-east)

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 west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

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

See Allegre guide
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay

at 41 km (direction south-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to...

See Le Puy-en-Velay guide


at 43 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Olliergues guide


Most Beautiful Village at 47 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has...

See Lavaudieu guide


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

Once home to Coco Chanel, Courpiere is a village...

See Courpiere guide


at 59 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the...

See Desaignes guide


at 66 km (direction north-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Eveux guide

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

Map of places to visit near Merle-Leignec


Markets in and near Merle-Leignec

  • Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau: market Friday (4km)
  • Usson-en-Forez: market Sunday (7km)
  • Saint-Pal-de-Chalencon: market Wednesday (7km)
  • Bas-en-Basset: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Aurec-sur-Loire: market Wednesday & Friday (15km)
  • Craponne-sur-Arzon: market Saturday & (16km)
  • Monistrol-sur-Loire: market Friday (16km)
  • Unieux: market Wednesday & Saturday (18km)
  • Pont-Salomon: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Sury-le-Comtal: market Wednesday (20km)

More information about Merle-Leignec, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Merle-Leignec, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Aulteribe Chateau (59km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (31km)
  • Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil) (40km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l’écomusée (7km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Col des Pradeaux (20km)
  • Bois Noirs (34km)
  • Perdrix Crest (43km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (47km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (60km)

Geography and distances

Merle-Leignec is in the eastern-center of France at 29 kilometres from Saint-Etienne, the department capital (general information: Merle-Leignec is 405 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Merle-Leignec

Canton: Saint-Bonnet-le-Château

Arrondissement: Montbrison

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42380

Distance to Merle-Leignec

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 29 km

from Paris: 405 km

from Calais: 638 km

from Nice: 318 km

from Bordeaux: 366 km

from Strasbourg: 453 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Merle-Leignec from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Apinac, Estivareilles, La Tourette, Rozier-Cotes-d'Aurec, Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau, Saint-Nizier-de-Fornas and Saint-Pal-de-Chalencon.

This page in French: Visiter Merle-Leignec

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