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. Hiking trails, built heritage, museums, events, villages de caractère... together they make for a lively region based on local know-how and where the people are welcoming and happy to share their way of life.
The Balcons du Forez tourist trail wends its way through wonderful countryside taking you to villages de caractère that are only too ready to reveal their secrets...
Saint-Bonnet-le-Château, the former seat of a comte, invites you to wander through its narrow streets and up to its collegiate church.
At 1,162m, Montarcher offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view and has its own little slice of heritage, with its wash-house, wells, and loop-holed gate...
The small fortified town and artists’ village of Marols generates different emotions in all who visit...
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Walk through the cobbled streets of the historic district and discover its 15th and 16th century bourgeois houses, then climb up to the Collegiate Church to admire an exceptional panorama; from the plain of Forez to the Massif Central, the Pilat and the Alps.
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Since the mid-15th century, the Collegiate Church overlooks Saint-Bonnet-le-Château. Much more than just a religious building, come visit this witness of the political, architectural and artistic life of the Forez in the 15th century.
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Marols is a small village steeped in history which lies at 821 metres above sea level to the south of the Forez Mountains. Its western border gives way to a vast conifer forest ; to the east lies the Forez Plain. The Pilat Massif is visible in the distance as are the Lyon Mountains and, on a clear day, the MontBlanc as well.