Travel back in time with this historical itinerary. Listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, the medieval town of Pérouges transports you back to the time of knights thanks to its perfectly preserved setting. With the traditional Pérouges "galette" it is also an essential stopover for regional specialities.Built on a hill overlooking the plain of Ain and the Rhone, just a few kilometres north-east of Lyons, Pérouges is a typical medieval village that enjoys an extremely picturesque setting. It is a genuine film set that has been used in many films. With its two fortified walls and its fortified doors, the village will delight you by its authenticity. When visiting its streets paved with pebbles, you will discover an exceptional architectural heritage. Follow the guide to admire some of its 24 listed monuments. During the visit, a gourmet break will offer you the chance to taste the traditional Pérouges "galette" in the 18th century Hostellerie.
half-day, duration 3 1/2 hoursWe will take the road to Dombes, to the north-east of Lyons. Along this landscape itinerary you will enjoy the magnificent views over the plain of the Dombes Lakes and admire the authentic farmhouses of Bresse and their horse and poultry farms. We will enter Pérouges via the Porte d'en Haut gate and will find ourselves immersed immediately in the Middle Ages. The visit will lead you around the authentic medieval town. Thus, you will discover the history of this village and admire its magnificent 15th and 16th century houses.On the charming Place des Tilleuls, the famous Hostellerie du Vieux Pérouges awaits you for a gourmet break within its 13th century walls. You will be able to savour the authentic Pérouges "galette" served with a glass of cider. The inimitable recipe for this "galette" prepared with sugar has become a recognised culinary speciality. In a typical setting, which has preserved all the charms of the olden days, this delicious snack ensures you a moment out of time.You will then be able to continue your visit at your own leisure. Be charmed by the town's authenticity. On the wall walk, take advantage of the exceptional view over the Ain Valley that stretches as far as the Alps. In the picturesque medieval shops, discover the know-how of contemporary craftsmen.