Villefranche-sur-Saone tourism and travel guide

Photo of Villefranche-sur-Saone in Rhone

Photo is of Anse at 6 km from Villefranche-sur-Saone

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Villefranche-sur-Saone is situated in the Rhone 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 Villefranche-sur-Saone in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Anse at 6 km and Trevoux at 7 km.

Villefranche-sur-Saone, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 6 km (direction south)

The quiet town of Anse retains some Roman remains that hint at its importance...

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at 7 km (direction south-east), in the Ain department

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

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at 9 km (direction west-south-west)

The quiet village of Theizé makes a pleasant detour when exploring the Beaujolais wine...

See Theize guide


Most Beautiful Village at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

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

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at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

Bagnols village with a castle is one of the pretty villages to explore in...

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at 14 km (direction north-north-east)

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

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at 20 km (direction south-south-west)

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

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at 22 km (direction east), in the Ain department

The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect for fishing and bird-watching...

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Lyon Presqu\'ile

Lyon Presqu'ile

at 27 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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Lyon Old Town

Lyon Old Town

at 27 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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at 27 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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at 34 km (direction south-south-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

Solutré-Pouilly would perhaps go unnoticed except for the great rock-cliff behind the village that...

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at 36 km (direction north-north-east), in the Saone-et-Loire department

After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to nearby Lamartine's...

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Most Beautiful Village at 37 km (direction east), in the Ain department

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

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Markets in and near Villefranche-sur-Saone

  • Jassans-Riottier: market Saturday (3km)
  • Anse: market Friday (6km)
  • Trevoux: market Saturday (8km)
  • Montmerle-sur-Saone: market Sunday (11km)
  • Chazay-d'Azergues: market Thursday & Thursday (13km)
  • Belleville: market Tuesday (13km)
  • Le Bois-d'Oingt: market Tuesday (13km)
  • Amberieux-en-Dombes: market Wednesday (15km)
  • Neuville-sur-Saone: market Friday (16km)
  • Saint-Andre-de-Corcy: market Sunday (20km)

More information about Villefranche-sur-Saone, Rhone-Alpes

Tourist attractions near Villefranche-sur-Saone, France

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


  • Aquarium de Lyon (30km)

Grand sites of France

  • Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson (35km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Brou Royal Monastery (46km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Trevoux (7km)
  • Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne (24km)
  • Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise (44km)
  • Charlieu (46km)
  • Cremieu (51km)
  • Saint-Galmier (54km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Lyon) (27km)
  • Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainey (Lyon) (27km)
  • Chapelle aux Moines (Berze-la-Ville) (40km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Fortuné de Charlieu (Charlieu) (46km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-en-Brionnais) (53km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens (Varenne-l'Arconce) (58km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du Château de Saint-Bernard (5km)
  • Parc du château de Laye (8km)
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or (25km)
  • Parc de Gerland (27km)
  • Le jardin de Zéphyr (39km)
  • Les Jardins du château de Drée (47km)
  • Jardin du château de Chaumont (55km)
  • Les jardins Romans de Varenne-l'Arconce (58km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Laboratoire d’écologie des hydrosystèmes naturels et anthropisés (26km)
  • Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage (26km)
  • Roche de Solutré (35km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Ecully (24km)
  • Vonnas (33km)
  • Macon (36km)
  • Chaponnay (44km)
  • Saint-Vulbas (48km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon (26km)
  • Parc animalier de Courzieu (28km)

Geography and distances

Villefranche-sur-Saone is in the eastern-center of France at 27 kilometres from Lyon, the department capital (general information: Villefranche-sur-Saone is 365 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Villefranche-sur-Saone

Canton: Villefranche-sur-Saône

Arrondissement: Villefranche-sur-Saône

Department: Rhone

Region: Rhone-Alpes

New region: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 69400

Distance to Villefranche-sur-Saone

from Lyon (prefecture): 27 km

from Paris: 365 km

from Calais: 590 km

from Nice: 324 km

from Bordeaux: 432 km

from Strasbourg: 368 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Villefranche-sur-Saone from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 16 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Arnas, Beauregard, Blace, Denice, Fareins, Frans, Gleize, Jassans-Riottier, Lacenas, Liergues, Limas, Pommiers, Pouilly-le-Monial, Saint-Bernard, Saint-Didier-de-Formans and Saint-Julien.

This page in French: Visiter Villefranche-sur-Saone