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Dombes tourism and travel guide

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Visit Dombes: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect for fishing and bird-watching

Dombes is situated in the Ain department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

Important note

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Trevoux at 18 km and Anse at 22 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Dombes, 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 Dombes in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 15 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Perouges guide


at 18 km (direction west)

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

See Trevoux guide


at 22 km (direction west), in the Rhone department

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

See Anse guide


at 25 km (direction west-north-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Belleville guide
Lyon Presqu'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 26 km (direction south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon Presqu'ile guide


at 26 km (direction south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 26 km (direction south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Lyon Old Town guide


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

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

See Theize guide


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

Bagnols village with a castle is one of the...

See Bagnols guide


at 32 km (direction north-east)

As well as exploring the cathedral and town centre...

See Bourg-en-Bresse guide


Most Beautiful Village at 32 km (direction west), in the Rhone department

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

See Oingt guide


at 33 km (direction south-east), in the Isere department

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

See Cremieu guide


at 33 km (direction west-south-west), in the Rhone department

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

See Eveux guide


at 40 km (direction north-north-west), in the Saone-et-Loire department

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

See Macon guide

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

Map of places to visit near Dombes


Markets in and near Dombes

Market days in Dombes: weekly market: Tuesday;

  • Dombes: market Tuesday (0km)
  • Saint-Andre-de-Corcy: market Sunday (6km)
  • Amberieux-en-Dombes: market Wednesday (8km)
  • Montluel: market Friday (14km)
  • Beligneux: market Sunday (15km)
  • Neuville-sur-Saone: market Friday (16km)
  • Trevoux: market Saturday (16km)
  • Miribel: market Thursday (16km)
  • Meximieux: market Wednesday (16km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne: market Saturday (17km)

More information about Dombes, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Dombes, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (30km)

Grand sites of France

  • Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson (43km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Brou Royal Monastery (32km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (18km)
  • Trevoux (18km)
  • Cremieu (33km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (56km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (26km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (27km)
  • Chapelle aux Moines (Berze-la-Ville) (48km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (24km)
  • Parc du château de Laye (24km)
  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (24km)
  • Parc de Gerland (26km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (18km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (23km)
  • Roche de Solutré (43km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Walibi Rhone Alpes (57km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Vulbas (27km)
  • Ecully (27km)
  • Vonnas (28km)
  • Chaponnay (38km)
  • Macon (39km)
  • Morestel (49km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (24km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (39km)

Geography and distances

Dombes is in the east of France at 32 kilometres from Bourg-en-Bresse, the department capital (general information: Dombes is 378 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Dombes

Canton: Villars-les-Dombes

Arrondissement: Bourg-en-Bresse

Department: Ain

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 13300

Distance to Dombes

from Bourg-en-Bresse (prefecture): 32 km

from Paris: 378 km

from Calais: 600 km

from Nice: 309 km

from Bordeaux: 453 km

from Strasbourg: 357 km

Getting here

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

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Birieux, Lapeyrouse, Le Montellier, Monthieux, Saint-Andre-de-Corcy, Saint-Marcel and Sainte-Olive.

This page in French: Visiter Dombes

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