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Saint-Jean-le-Vieux tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Perouges at 21 km from Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

Visit Saint-Jean-le-Vieux: highlights and tourist information

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Saint-Jean-le-Vieux is situated in the Ain department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Perouges at 21 km and Bourg-en-Bresse at 23 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Saint-Jean-le-Vieux, 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 Saint-Jean-le-Vieux in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 21 km (direction west-south-west)

The hillside walled town of perouges is among our favourite villages...

See Perouges guide


at 23 km (direction north-west)

As well as exploring the cathedral and town centre of Bourg-en-Bresse, allow...

See Bourg-en-Bresse guide


at 30 km (direction west)

The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect for fishing...

See Dombes guide


at 35 km (direction south-south-west), in the Isere department

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

See Cremieu guide


at 37 km (direction south-east)

The cathedral and adjacent historic centre are the highlight of your...

See Belley guide


at 48 km (direction west)

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

See Trevoux guide


at 50 km (direction west), in the Rhone department

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

See Belleville guide
Lyon Presqu'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 52 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide


at 52 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 52 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon Old Town guide


at 53 km (direction west-north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a...

See Macon guide


at 56 km (direction east-south-east), in the Savoie department

Aix-les-Bains is one of the best preserved 'belle-epoque' spa towns...

See Aix-les-Bains guide

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

Map of places to visit near Saint-Jean-le-Vieux


Markets in and near Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

  • Pont-d'Ain: market Saturday (5km)
  • Poncin: market Monday (6km)
  • Amberieu-en-Bugey: market Wednesday (8km)
  • Lagnieu: market Monday (14km)
  • Hauteville-Lompnes: market Saturday (17km)
  • Meximieux: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Bourg-en-Bresse: market Wednesday & Sunday & Saturday (23km)
  • Beligneux: market Sunday (27km)
  • Dombes: market Tuesday (31km)
  • Montluel: market Friday (33km)

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Tourist attractions near Saint-Jean-le-Vieux, France

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


  • Aquarium du Lac du Bourget (54km)
  • Aquarium de Lyon (56km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Brou Royal Monastery (23km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (35km)
  • Cremieu (35km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haut-Jura (61km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (52km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (50km)
  • Parc de Gerland (52km)
  • Les jardins du Prieuré (56km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (42km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (49km)
  • Cascade de la queue de cheval (56km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Walibi Rhone Alpes (47km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Vulbas (23km)
  • Vonnas (37km)
  • Morestel (40km)
  • Macon (53km)
  • Aix-les-Bains (55km)
  • Chaponnay (57km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

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

Geography and distances

Saint-Jean-le-Vieux is in the east of France at 23 kilometres from Bourg-en-Bresse, the department capital (general information: Saint-Jean-le-Vieux is 389 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

Canton: Poncin

Arrondissement: Nantua

Department: Ain

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 0

Distance to Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

from Bourg-en-Bresse (prefecture): 23 km

from Paris: 389 km

from Calais: 606 km

from Nice: 298 km

from Bordeaux: 484 km

from Strasbourg: 335 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Saint-Jean-le-Vieux from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 11 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Ambronay, Boyeux-Saint-Jerome, Cerdon, Douvres, Druillat, Jujurieux, Merignat, Neuville-sur-Ain, Poncin, Pont-d'Ain and Varambon.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

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