Optevoz is one of the stone villages typically found in Isle-Crémieu. This is also where you'll find the Environmentally Sensitive Area of Lemps Lake, where you can observe rare species of flora and fauna which are protected here, such as the European pond turtle.
Optevoz is located on the Isle-Crémieu plateau, where humans first settled a very long time ago. Many objects have been found here dating from the bronze age and the Roman era, as well as some tombs from the Early Middle Ages.
Also, in the late 19th/early 20th century, Optevoz attracted many painters from Lyon, including Ravier and Appian, as well as Parisian artists such as Corot and Daubigny. They were drawn by the beauty and diversity of the landscape, and the play of light on the waters of the lakes. A permanent exhibition at the Auberge des Peintres retraces that period of the village's history.
Livestock farming is still very much present in Optevoz, although the village is gradually becoming more residential with the arrival of many new residents. (The population rose from 460 in 1990 to 542 in 1999.) It is a lively community thanks to a dozen or so associations and a number of local retailers on the busy village square. Last but not least, the remarkable protected site of Lemps Lake is quite characteristic of the wetlands of North Isère. This environmentally sensitive area is home to a host of wildlife (birds, dragonflies, butterflies, European pond turtles, etc.) and a wide variety of plant life, which you can enjoy the privilege of observing thanks to the thematic trail, the observatory and the panoramic views.
Phone : 04 74 83 81 76
Fax : 04 74 83 88 13
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.optevoz.fr/
Office du Tourisme Les Balcons du Dauphiné - 01/12/2020