The Forez

A year-round region steeped in authenticity.

Winding lanes with small villages full of character that entice you in, a remarkable historical heritage, and iconic local products, so tender and delicious, refined and generous...


St Galmier and the source of Badoit mineral water

Have you ever seen Badoit’s naturally sparkling water anywhere else but in a bottle? Now you can on a tour of the Badoit Source in Saint-Galmier! Take a peek through the vat’s windows and experience the magic of Badoit bubbles!

The mountains of the Forez

The Hautes Chaumes is a protected natural site of vast rolling high-altitude plateaux (above 1,400m) on the upper slopes of the Monts du Forez mountains. Your ideal starting point for many a hiking trail!

The lakes of the Forez

Myriad little patches of blue on either side of the river Loire, the Etangs du Forez are a major national heritage site for waterfowl and flora.

The Château of La Bâtie d'Urfé

A designated Historical Monument, the Château de la Bâtie d’Urfé was decorated in the Renaissance style by Italian artists in the XVIth century on the initiative of Claude d’Urfé.

The St Bonnet le Château region & its charming villages

The Pays de Saint-Bonnet-le-Château is a mountainous area (750 – 1,160m) on the Plateau du Haut Forez, between the Rhône-Alpes and the Auvergne regions.