Pérouges in Pictures

Pérouges is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the prettiest villages I have ever visited. Perched atop a hill, this medieval walled village has rustic charm by the bucketful: winding, cobbled streets, wisteria bursting out of cracks in the walls and traditional metal shop signs that creak in the breeze. The timber-framed buildings with their pebble-dashed walls and exposed beams ooze character; aside from the occasional TripAdvisor sticker in a merchant’s window, it’s as if time has stood still.

Pérouges’ streets and alleys have a few furry residents, all of whom were out when I visited in late February with Laurence and none of whom were out when I was there on Easter Monday with my family. A handful of artisan shops and family-run cafés line the main square; amongst them are a couple of touristy shops selling medieval costumes, maps and trinkets. Classed as an église-forteresse, Église St. Marie-Madeleine has a simple, angular structure, complete with arrow slits in the walls and crevices which could once have been used to spy on forces advancing on the fortified village. On a sunny bank holiday, everything was open – a stark contrast to when I visited with Laurence and, bar the boulangerie, everything was closed – and tourists were abound, though the narrow streets never felt congested. Pérouges is an ideal half-day trip from the hustle and bustle of Lyon, and one that you’re sure to remember for years to come.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes, here’s a pictorial travelogue of Pérouges . . .

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Tips:

  • The nearest train station is Meximieux (sometimes called Meximieux-Pérouges), a twenty minute walk away from Pérouges proper. From Lyon, it’s a thirty minute journey costing €8 return with a Carte Jeune (or equivalent railcard offering 50% off), or €16 without.
  • While you’re there, don’t forget to try the local speciality: the Galette de Pérouges. It’s a sweet dough, not dissimilar to a sugary pizza, and makes for a tasty snack while you’re wandering the cobbled streets.
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14 thoughts on “Pérouges in Pictures

    1. It really does 🙂 It’s actually been used as a location for a handful of period French films, though I haven’t actually seen any of them to see what it looks like on screen!

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    1. Pérouges is so picturesque, and yet somehow doesn’t seem to attract the hordes of tourists you’d find in similar villages on the southern coast. Can’t understand why – though it’s certainly nicer to wander round without all the crowds!

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  1. That first photo is gorgeous! Love the contrast between the vibrant colors, as well as that between nature and home. I’d never heard of Pérouges before, but I’ll have to keep the town in mind should I be in the Lyon region next year! Thanks for introducing me to this place. 🙂

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    1. Springtime is a beautiful time to visit, and I imagine autumn would be too with the autumnal colours. It’s a nice place for a wander – not big, but quaint and nice for a morning/ afternoon out of the city. Hope you get the chance to see it for yourself one day 🙂

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    1. It’s definitely a village worthy of its title! The Galette de Pérouges was really tasty, I couldn’t resist having a slice on both visits! Plenty of recipes available online if you fancy trying it out back in the States 🙂

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