Natural heritage : The Gorges of the northern Loire

Languages spoken :
  • French
In the north of the department, the Loire wends its way very discreetly, visible only from the lip of a gorge or sometimes more openly from a bend in the road.

The gorges of the Loire offer a wide variety of flora and fauna, a place where water meets dry land, and the Mediterranean meets the north. It is a land of sharp contrasts. Meadows, moorland, green hills, and vineyards...
The region is dotted with interesting sites:
Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice, a village de caractère perched above the gorges.
Villerest, with its dam and water-sports centre. Bully, a small marina where the boats bob up and down on their mooring rings. The Pêt de l’Ane, a viewpoint overlooking the biggest meander on the Loire. Floating on the water, the fairytale Château de la Roche takes pride of place.
Detailed description

To find nearby

The Belvédères (panoramic viewpoints) scenic railway

Five minutes from Roanne, board the panoramic viewpoints tourist train for a guided ride for one hour and fifteen minutes alongside the Loire.

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The Gorges of the northern Loire
42590 Saint-Priest-la-Roche
Tourist office
Communauté de Communes du Pays entre Loire et Rhône (COPLER)
6 rue de la Tête Noire
42470 Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay
Telephone : 04 77 62 77 62
Fax : 04 77 62 77 63
Telephone : 04 77 62 77 77