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Penol tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Palais Ideal at 20 km from Penol

Visit Penol: highlights and tourist information

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Penol is situated in the Isere department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Palais Ideal at 20 km and Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye at 24 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Penol, 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 Penol in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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

Palais Ideal

Palais Ideal

at 20 km (direction south-west), in the Drome department

One of the most unusual monuments in France, the Palais-Idéal...

See Palais Ideal guide


Most Beautiful Village at 24 km (direction south)

The village of St Antoine l'Abbaye, best known for its abbey...

See Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye guide
Vienne (town)

Vienne (town)

at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

The combination of both Roman and medieval monuments in Vienne make it...

See Vienne (town) guide


at 36 km (direction west), in the Loire department

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

See Malleval guide


at 38 km (direction west)

With some of the most extensive medieval ramparts in France, Cremieu...

See Cremieu guide


at 38 km (direction south-south-east)

The centre of Pont-en-Royans, with medieval houses along the cliffs above the...

See Pont-en-Royans guide


at 40 km (direction south-south-west), in the Drome department

The Collegiale church of Saint-Bernard is the highlight of a visit...

See Romans-sur-Isere guide


at 40 km (direction west), in the Loire department

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

See Pelussin guide


at 45 km (direction south-west), in the Drome department

A town for gourmands, Tain-l'Hermitage is visited for its excellent local...

See Tain-l'Hermitage guide


at 45 km (direction south-west), in the Ardeche department

In Tournon-sur-Rhone there are several interesting monuments to explore and also...

See Tournon-sur-Rhone guide


Ski resort at 48 km (direction east-south-east)

Known as the 'capital of the Alps', Grenoble has a...

See Grenoble guide


at 49 km (direction north-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 49 km (direction north-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon Old Town guide
Lyon Presqu'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 49 km (direction north-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide

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

Map of places to visit near Penol


Markets in and near Penol

  • Beaurepaire: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Bournay: market Monday (13km)
  • Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs: market Monday (13km)
  • Le Grand-Lemps: market Tuesday & Friday (18km)
  • Hauterives: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Bourgoin-Jallieu: market Thursday & Sunday (23km)
  • Villefontaine: market Wednesday (25km)
  • Tullins: market Saturday (25km)
  • Anneyron: market Tuesday (27km)
  • La Tour-du-Pin: market Tuesday & Saturday (28km)

Hotels near Penol

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Tourist attractions near Penol, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (47km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (49km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (49km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin japonais (46km)
  • Jardin du musée Hébert (48km)
  • Parc de Gerland (49km)
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (51km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grottes de Choranche (39km)
  • Gorges de la Bourne (41km)
  • Cascade du Moulin-Marquis (42km)
  • Mont Jalla (47km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (50km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Walibi Rhone Alpes (39km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Gervais (31km)
  • Chaponnay (33km)
  • Morestel (38km)
  • Ecully (53km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (50km)

Geography and distances

Penol is in the east of France at 48 kilometres from Grenoble, the department capital (general information: Penol is 441 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Penol

Canton: Côte-Saint-André

Arrondissement: Vienne

Department: Isere

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 38260

Distance to Penol

from Grenoble (prefecture): 48 km

from Paris: 441 km

from Calais: 666 km

from Nice: 250 km

from Bordeaux: 456 km

from Strasbourg: 405 km

Getting here

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

We have 12 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Arzay, Balbins, Bossieu, Commelle, Faramans, La Cote-Saint-Andre, Marcilloles, Ornacieux, Pajay, Pommier-de-Beaurepaire, Sardieu and Semons.

This page in French: Visiter Penol

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