Le Pilat is a land of contrasts and magnificent panoramas, culminating in the 1432m-high Crêt de la Perdrix, cradled by both a Mediterranean and mountain climate.


Malleval and the vineyards of the Pilat rhodanien

Perched high on a rocky spur overlooking the Gorges du Batalon et de l’Epervier, this old fortified village used to control the road from the Rhône valley to Le Forez and the Auvergne. It is dominated by the ruins of two châteaux, and a church dating back to the XIth century.

The Carthusian monastery at Ste Croix en Jarez

Come and discover a unique site in Europe! A charterhouse which became a village, Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez is sure to amaze you.

The Espace Nordique at the Monts du Pilat

In a splendid setting 20 minutes from Saint-Etienne and 1 hour from Lyon, the Espace Nordique at the Monts du Pilat is centred around three main ski stations. At Le Bessat-Les Grands Bois, lovers of all forms of cross-country skiing will enjoy the 35km of prepared pistes.

The ViaRhôna cycle route

This 10km-long route takes you along the banks of the Rhône and provides a gentle introduction to its riverside communities.

The Crêts du Pilat

A wild landscape that flirts with the sky between heathland and chirats.