While flipping through the pages of my friend’s Lyon guidebook, I stumbled upon the small, walled, medieval village of Pérouges, located approximately 36 kilometers from Lyon. I decided to check it out on my own on New Years Eve Day.
Pérouges is known as the “most beautiful village of France” and I certainly see its appeal– you don’t see as many authentic villages such as this one. Perched on top of a hill and overlooking the Ain River, its 15th and 16th century houses made of stone and pebbles wind the streets, blending in with the cobblestone paths.
There are various hiking paths surrounding Pérouges, ranging from “short and sweet” to “bring good walking shoes.” Although tiny, I spent a good hour just walking the empty, silent streets and discovering every crook in the pavement. I couldn’t stop snapping photos!
If you are looking for a quick, easy getaway from the city, I recommend Pérouges. Trains depart every hour from Part Dieu Station, and from there you get off at Meximieux, and walk about twenty-five minutes.
What is your favorite photo of Pérouges?