Loire places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Loire department of Rhone-Alpes. See also our Loire travel guide


photo of Malleval

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

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photo of Pelussin

The Chateau de Virieu and the old market hall are among the highlights when you visit Pelussin

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photo of Saint-Etienne

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

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photo of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual because it started life as a series of monastery buildings

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For more information see the Loire guide


Market towns & days in Loire

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Andrezieux-Boutheon: Tuesday
Balbigny: Monday
Boen: Thursday
Bourg-Argental: Thursday
Charlieu: Wednesday & Saturday
Chazelles-sur-Lyon: Friday
Feurs: Tuesday
Firminy: Thursday all day & Saturday
La Grand-Croix: Monday
La Talaudiere: Tuesday & Saturday
Le Chambon-Feugerolles: Monday & Friday
Le Coteau: Wednesday
Maclas: Thursday
Montbrison: Saturday
Montrond-les-Bains: Thursday
Noiretable: Saturday
Rive-de-Gier: Tuesday & Friday
Roanne: Sunday & Friday
Roche-la-Moliere: Wednesday & Saturday
Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau: Friday
Saint-Chamond: Tuesday & Thursday
Saint-Etienne: Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day & Saturday & Monday & Friday
Saint-Galmier: Monday
Saint-Genest-Malifaux: Thursday
Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday
Sury-le-Comtal: Wednesday
Unieux: Wednesday & Saturday
Usson-en-Forez: Sunday
Veauche: Wednesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Loire

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine

4* Towns in Bloom


Towns of Art and History

Saint-Etienne: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Oeillon Crest

Perdrix Crest

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin de l’écomusée

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Saint-Fortuné de Charlieu (Charlieu)

Couvent des Cordeliers (Saint-Nizier-sous-Charlieu)

Regional Natural Parcs


Towns classified as Recommended Detours