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Chazey-sur-ain, Ain, Rhône-Alpes

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Chazey-sur-Ain, nestled in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region, is a charming commune that combines history, nature, and tranquility. With its medieval castle, a symbol of the town, and picturesque landscapes surrounded by the Ain River, it is the perfect place for a rejuvenating getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy numerous hiking trails and fishing spots. The village, with its stone houses and...See more

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Walking tour: the four villages
8.6 km

Walking tour: the four villages

St-Denis-en Bugey, Ambutrix, Vaux-en-Bugey and Vaux-Fevroux: four traditional villages nestled between vineyards and streams, in the heart of a confidential valley where natural gas has been exploited since the 1920s. A walk that combines nature and heritage. Leaving from St-Denis-en-Bugey town hall. Pass in front of an old mill, then head for the Tour de Saint-Denis: a medieval tower offering an attractive viewpoint with an orientation table. Also the starting point for numerous hikes and fitness trails. Pass through Ambutrix, a picturesque hillside village, before arriving in Vaux-en-Bugey. A town with a long history of winegrowing, Vaux-en-Bugey is still dotted with working vineyards. The vineyards offer a beautiful view of the original church tower. From the cemetery chapel, another panorama awaits the viewer. (NB: Pérouges Bugey Tourisme offers a free audio quest on the IziTravel application - download. A fun way to learn more about Vaux, its wine and the surrounding area). Vaux-Fevroux or "val fiévreux" owes its name to its remote position in the valley and the fevers that once decimated the village. Continue for 2km through the woods to the remains of a natural gas well in a meadow. Natural gas has been present in the valley since 1906, and its exploitation was a world first from 1919 onwards. In 1925, Saint Gobain built a factory in Lagnieu to take advantage of this energy. The plant still exists today, producing glass for the whole world. Further along the path, you can access the Buizin vats and waterfalls.

7 h
25 km
Hard
Parking place de la Mairie 01500 Saint-Denis-en-Bugey
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Hike around the Larina Plateau
11 km

Hike around the Larina Plateau

You will be able to admire the archeological, architectural and natural jewels of the Isle Crémieu and the Larina Plateau, with its high cliffs, home to falcons, snake eagles, buzzards and other birds of prey. Park in the car park opposite the kiosk in the village centre. Follow the path to the right until it become stony and begins to climb up the cliff. Two thirds of the way up, on the left, is a rocky platform that is tricky to get to. Once you have made your way onto it, take the small Tourdes Remparts track to the left, which leads to the Fontaine de la Vie, the plateau's only spring. From there, take a straight path downhill that takes you to a former riding school. Continue along this cliff-side path, and take in the view of the Val d'Amby and the Château de Brotel. Pass by a picnic area, cross the Catelans road at Larin, and the plateau itself from east to west via a grassy path. It passes over a barren hill and then goes downhill. Bear right through moors, and then head towards the western cliff until you meet the track coming from Bourcieu. Climb back up using this track, and walk along the clifftop. The track overlooks a marshy area and emerges in the archelogical site in Larina (leave at least 1 hour to visit it). There is an important excavation site near the statue of the Virgin Mary. Retrace your steps back along the path you took to climb the cliff to return to the car park in Hières-sur-Amby.

3 h
7 km
Easy
38118 Hières-sur-Amby
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The Caves of La Balme
8 km

The Caves of La Balme

Small pools, labyrinths, concretions, a lake: the Grottes de La Balme are rich in what nature has shaped. Discover a rare and exceptional natural site that offers an unusual insight into the underground world ! Arrive under this impressive porch and enter the bowels of the cliff to discover labyrinths, an underground lake, stalactites and stalagmites, an amphitheater of small pools... that's what the Grottes de La Balme have to offer. Take your time on a self-guided tour lasting around 1 hour 15 minutes, or take a guided tour (booking required). Visited since 1807, the Grottes de La Balme reveal their history and mysteries as you explore 1,000 meters of underground galleries. Located in the Nord-Isère region, in the center of the village of La Balme-les-Grottes, the caves are an exciting detour in the Balcons du Dauphiné region. Round off your day with a free visit to the Espace Naturel Sensible “Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch”, with its signposted path and discovery booklet. This protected natural area allows you to observe the particular features of the cliffs, forest and dry grasslands surrounding the Grottes de La Balme, home to numerous species of protected plants and animals. Become true adventurers with our 100% family-friendly activities! A zip-line across the porch, a playful visit with Archibalme's Investigation: young and old alike will be delighted. Summer and winter alike, the underground world never ceases to amaze! The souvenir store is open at the same time as the caves, and offers a wide range of gifts: crockery, textiles, stones, a selection of books and other must-have items for yourself or as a gift.

Rue des Grottes 38390 La Balme-les-Grottes
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Gîte de la Commanderie
15 km

Gîte de la Commanderie

Old family farmhouse located in the heart of the Dombes, in a hamlet surrounded by meadows. Completely renovated, warm and carefully decorated to spend a weekend or extend your stay quiet. Many sports and cultural activities. The “gîte de la Commanderie” is an old farmhouse in the heart of La Dombes, the family house of Françoise Goze who welcomes you in a warm atmosphere, tastefully decorated. The house of 140 sqm on two levels, accommodates 8 to 11 people for a weekend or an extended stay. Possibility to rent only the ground floor for two people. On the ground floor, accessible to people with disabilities , with living room ( TV , DVD player, wood burning stove, sofa , library) onto a large terrace with barbecue and garden furniture. Fitted kitchen (multifunction oven, dishwasher, washer-dryer, fridge- freezer, ceramic hob), 1 bedroom (double bed 160 x 200), showerroom with toilets. Upstairs reading room under the roof with old bed (110 x 190 ), three bedrooms, one with a double bed 160 x 200 , one with two beds of 90 x 200 and one with two beds of 110 x 190 , bathroom with shower and separate toilets. Oil central heating. Sheets, towels and kitchen towels provided, beds made on arrival. Baby equipment (cot, changing table, high chair) available. End of stay cleaning included (during the stay on request). Non- smoking rental. Bicycles to explore the road ponds. Welcome horse riders with meadow available. The "Museum Pass" of Ain is offered. Many sports, cultural activities, family and gourmet food within 20 km: the medieval village of Perouges, the Parc des Oiseaux of Villars. Your hostess will make you share with passion and kindness Current Dombes and her childhood.

170 Chemin de la Commanderie 01320 Châtenay
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We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾