Villars tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Saint-Etienne at 5 km from Villars

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Etienne at 5 km and Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez at 20 km.

Villars, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 5 km (direction south-east)

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

See Saint-Etienne guide


Most Beautiful Village at 20 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 26 km (direction east)

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

See Pelussin guide


at 31 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Malleval guide
Vienne (town)

Vienne (town)

at 41 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-east), in the Rhone department

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

See Eveux guide


at 48 km (direction west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of Livradois-Forez has a...

See Ambert guide
Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 50 km (direction east-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 50 km (direction east-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 50 km (direction east-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


at 58 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 58 km (direction west-south-west), in the Haute-Loire department

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

See Allegre guide


at 59 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 60 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 Villars

  • Saint-Etienne: market Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday & Friday (3km)
  • Roche-la-Moliere: market Wednesday & Saturday (5km)
  • La Talaudiere: market Tuesday & Saturday (7km)
  • Le Chambon-Feugerolles: market Monday & Friday (8km)
  • Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (9km)
  • Andrezieux-Boutheon: market Tuesday (10km)
  • Firminy: market Thursday all day & Saturday (10km)
  • Unieux: market Wednesday & Saturday (10km)
  • Veauche: market Wednesday (12km)
  • Saint-Chamond: market Tuesday & Thursday (12km)

More information about Villars, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Villars, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (46km)

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Saint-Galmier (14km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (20km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pilat (20km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (49km)
  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (50km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (54km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l’écomusée (33km)
  • Parc de Gerland (50km)
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (52km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Perdrix Crest (20km)
  • Oeillon Crest (22km)
  • Col des Pradeaux (40km)
  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (53km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Ecully (48km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine (20km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (37km)
  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (52km)

Geography and distances

Villars is in the eastern-center of France at 5 kilometres from Saint-Etienne, the department capital (general information: Villars is 406 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Villars

Canton: Saint-Étienne-Nord-Ouest-1

Arrondissement: Saint-Étienne

Department: Loire

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 42390

Distance to Villars

from Saint-Etienne (prefecture): 5 km

from Paris: 406 km

from Calais: 637 km

from Nice: 303 km

from Bordeaux: 393 km

from Strasbourg: 432 km

Getting here

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

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Fouillouse, La Tour-en-Jarez, Roche-la-Moliere, Saint-Etienne, Saint-Genest-Lerpt and Saint-Priest-en-Jarez.

This page in French: Visiter Villars