Saint-Etienne tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Originally an industrial town, regeneration of the Place Jean Jaures, the cathedral and the town centre in Saint-Etienne now make it a pleasant town to visit

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

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Saint-Etienne. For detailed visitor information see the Saint-Etienne travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Saint-Etienne include "town of art and history".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saint-Etienne in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Pelussin at 23 km and Malleval at 27 km.

Saint-Etienne, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Most Beautiful Village at 19 km (direction south)

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

See Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide


at 23 km (direction east)

The Chateau de Virieu and the old market hall are among the highlights when...

See Pelussin guide


at 27 km (direction east)

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

See Malleval guide
Vienne (town)

Vienne (town)

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

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

See Vienne (town) guide


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

Eveux, in the Rhone, is visited for the La Tourette Monastery designed by Le...

See Eveux guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

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

In Vieux Lyon there are numerous impressive townhouses of the 16th century, a cathedral,...

See Lyon Old Town guide


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

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

See Lyon guide
Lyon Presqu\'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

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

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

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide
Palais Ideal

Palais Ideal

at 54 km (direction east-south-east), in the Drome department

One of the most unusual monuments in France, the Palais-Idéal is a fantastic creation...

See Palais Ideal guide


at 55 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

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

See Tournon-sur-Rhone guide


at 55 km (direction south-east), in the Drome department

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

See Tain-l'Hermitage guide
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay

at 61 km (direction south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an important pilgrimage...

See Le Puy-en-Velay guide

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Markets in and near Saint-Etienne

Market days in Saint-Etienne: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday & Friday;

  • Saint-Etienne: market Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday & Friday (0km)
  • La Talaudiere: market Tuesday & Saturday (5km)
  • Roche-la-Moliere: market Wednesday & Saturday (6km)
  • Le Chambon-Feugerolles: market Monday & Friday (8km)
  • Saint-Chamond: market Tuesday & Thursday (10km)
  • Firminy: market Thursday all day & Saturday (11km)
  • Unieux: market Wednesday & Saturday (12km)
  • Saint-Genest-Malifaux: market Thursday (12km)
  • Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (13km)
  • Andrezieux-Boutheon: market Tuesday (13km)

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Tourist attractions near Saint-Etienne, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (45km)

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Saint-Galmier (16km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (21km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pilat (17km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (47km)
  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (49km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (56km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l’écomusée (36km)
  • 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

  • Perdrix Crest (16km)
  • Oeillon Crest (18km)
  • Col des Pradeaux (43km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (52km)
  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (58km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Chaponnay (46km)
  • Ecully (47km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (18km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (37km)
  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (51km)

Geography and distances

Saint-Etienne is in the eastern-center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Loire department (general information: Saint-Etienne is 409 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Etienne

Canton: Saint-Étienne

Arrondissement: Saint-Étienne

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42000

Distance to Saint-Etienne

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 2 km

from Paris: 409 km

from Calais: 639 km

from Nice: 300 km

from Bordeaux: 396 km

from Strasbourg: 431 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Saint-Etienne from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Ricamarie, La Talaudiere, La Tour-en-Jarez, Roche-la-Moliere, Saint-Genest-Lerpt, Saint-Jean-Bonnefonds, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, Sorbiers and Villars.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Etienne