15 walks around Lyon

Lac de Nantua

Are you in Lyon and looking to explore the region for a day? Here are our 17 recommended walks around Lyon!

The ancient capital of the Gauls is increasingly popular with weekend travelers. Lyon has a lot to offer. The Lyon region is no exception. In fact, there are many walks around Lyon to discover, to suit all profiles.

Here are 17 tours around Lyon selected by Generation Voyage!

1. Grand parc de Miribel Jonage

Balades autour de Lyon : Grand parc de Miribel Jonage

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📍 16 kilometers

🚗 By car: 20 minutes

📷 Things to see/do: walks, sporting activities, beach and Eaux Bleues lake, hiking, wildlife sightings

With its 2,200 hectares of nature, this park is one of the most pleasant walks around Lyon. With its many activities, there’s plenty to keep you busy all day!

Sports enthusiasts will enjoy mountain biking or water sports on the lake. Hikers can venture into the forest. And if you’re looking for relaxation, there’s the beach. There’s something for everyone!

2. Vienna

Balades autour de lyon : Vienne

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📍 33 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

🚆 By train: 25 minutes

📷Sightseeing/activities: Roman remains and old town, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée gallo-romain, ruins of Château de la Bâtie

For those in search of culture, Vienne is the place to visit around Lyon! With its many Roman ruins and historic center, the city of Vienne offers a wealth of unsuspected treasures. The Roman temple of Augustus and Livia is one of the best preserved in the world.

Vienne is also home to two major museums: the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, and the Musée Gallo-Romain in Saint-Romain-en-Gal on the opposite bank of the Rhône. Enough to make Vienne one of the best places to visit around Lyon.

3. Pilat Regional Nature Park

Parc naturel régional du Pilat

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📍 66 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h05

📷 Things to see/do: hiking, Crêtes du Pilat, Barrage du Gouffre d’Enfer, villages of Malleval and Pélussin

This walk around Lyon is an escape into the heart of nature, in a superb natural park designed for both beginners and experienced walkers. Its many hikes can take you as far as the Crêtes du Pilat, from where, in fine weather, the panorama is exceptional.

Some of the park’s villages bear witness to the past. Malleval and Pélussin, for example. Worth a visit if you still have some strength left after a long walk.

4. The Beaujolais wine route

Balades autour de Lyon : Beaujolais

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📍 18 kilometers (Civrieux d’Azergues)

🚗 By car: 22 minutes

📷 Things to see & do: vineyards and wine tasting, villages

Between Civrieux d’Azergues and Saint-Amour, we cross the magnificent Beaujolais road to discover the region’s vineyards. It’s also an opportunity to discover beautiful little villages like Oingt.

In particular, you can stop off at the vineyards around Mont Brouilly to discover the producers of the famous red wine and taste it – in moderation, of course!

5. Oingt

Villages d'Auvergne Rhône-Alpes : Oingt

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📍 34 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

📷 Things to see/do: old town, walking, wine tasting and vineyard tours

Right in the heart of the wine route lies the ancient village of Oingt, which became Val d’Oingt on January 1, 2017, a village that could be a visit around Lyon in itself. With its ochre stone houses from local quarries, Val d’Oingt holds a central place in the Pays des Pierres Dorées, which owes its name to this distinctive color.

These are places to escape and discover the past. Each alleyway is different from the next. You can climb up to the keep of the ancient castle, whose fortified gateway is a reminder of the ramparts.

Finally, with lunch on the terrace, you can visit some of the nearby vineyards.

6. Pérouges and Bugey

Pérouges, l'un des plus beaux villages médiévaux de France

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📍 38 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

📷Sightseeing / Activities: medieval town, taste a sugar pie, Mont du Bugey

Another medieval village in the region, Pérouges is one of the best walks around Lyon. The village has remained unchanged over the centuries, just as it was in the past. While the stone houses are regularly renovated, the architecture remains true to its origins.

Strolling through this beautiful medieval town is like stepping back in time. And to appreciate it even more, you can try a sugar tart, the local specialty! Finally, if you feel like it, don’t hesitate to head for the Bugey mountains, including the Grand Colombier and Mont du Chat. The result is a marvellous panorama.

7. Lakes

Lac des Sapins

Balades autour de Lyon : Lac des Sapins

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📍 65 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h

📷 Things to see and do: water sports, hiking, beach

Lac des Sapins is perfect for a relaxing day out. On the program: water sports, swimming, sports for all ages and, of course, hiking and horse-riding. A family outing around Lyon!

Lake Aiguebelette

Lac d'Aiguebelette

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📍 96 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h05

📷 Things to see/do: water sports and activities, hiking, nature reserves, beach

With its blue-green water and surrounding mountains, Lac d’Aiguebelette is a magnificent lake that’s well worth a visit. Numerous sporting activities, such as rowing and kayaking, are on offer, as well as hikes of varying degrees of difficulty, with the reward of a panoramic view over the entire expanse of the lake.

There are also beautiful nature reserves to observe aquatic fauna and flora in the idyllic setting of Lac d’Aiguebelette.

Lake Nantua

Lac de Nantua

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📍 86 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h05

📷 What to see / What to do: water sports, hiking

This is definitely the place to go around Lyon for those who love water sports. Lac de Nantua offers a wide range of activities on the lake, from pedal-boating and water-skiing to sailing and canoeing. There’s something for everyone!

For experienced hikers, it’s possible to reach Lac de Sylans after a long walk through the forest. Difficult, but a great adventure and reward on arrival.

8. Grottes de la Balme

Grottes de la Balme

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📍 51 kilometers

🚗 By car: 45 minutes

📷 Things to see and do: caves, sensitive natural area « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch ».

If you’re looking for coolness in summer, this walk around Lyon is for you. The temperature is constantly between 12 and 15° all year round. You’ll discover the wonders of the underground world, with its stalactites, stalagmites and other lakes.

As you plunge into the heart of the Earth, you’re likely to come across a bat, of which there are many in the cave. After the visit, you can take the « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch » trail for a pleasant hike.

9. Walibi Rhône-Alpes

Walibi Rhône Alpes

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📍 75 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h05

Of all the walks around Lyon, here’s one that’s all about thrills and pure relaxation! With family or friends, young or old, there’s something for everyone!

10. South Burgundy tour

Camping-Car, Mâcon, voyager

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📍 72 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h

📷Sightseeing / Activities: Mâcon, Château de Pierreclos, Cluny Abbey, Roche de Solutré, wineries

A rich and varied region, Burgundy is close enough to Lyon to devote a day to its southern part, with its endless wine estates. The most majestic of these is Château de Pierreclos, now privately owned but open to visitors.

The region’s most famous monument is Cluny Abbey, founded in 910 and a symbol of the renewal of Christianity in the West. You can also visit Solutré to admire the rock of the same name, an astonishing limestone mountain rising out of the ground.

Last but not least, Mâcon is well worth a visit.

11. Grenoble

visiter grenoble au coeur des alpes

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📍 111 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h20

🚆 By train: 1h20

📷Sightseeing: downtown, Bastille and its cable car, Grenoble Museum

Of course, for a trip around Lyon, the Alps are a bit far away. Fortunately, Grenoble is there to save you! The view of the snow-capped mountains from Isère’s capital is so beautiful that it’s hard to get enough of it. If you take the cable car to visit the Bastille fort, the view is even more splendid on sunny days.

Grenoble is a city where you can stroll through the city center, have lunch and taste the local specialty, ravioles du Royans, and visit the city museum.

12. Vercors Regional Nature Park

Faire du camping sauvage en France : Parc naturel régional du Vercors

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📍 126 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h30

📷 Things to see/do: hikes, viewpoints, villages, caves, Resistance memorial and necropolis

For a day trip around Lyon, it’s hard to cover the whole of the Vercors, such is its diversity and size. Hikers will be delighted to see the number of trails at their feet. Those who love views will be delighted.

Beautiful architecture is also to be found in the Vercors, with the villages of Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans and Pont-en-Royans. For those who like to venture into the subterranean world, the grotte de Choranche is the place for you.

Last but not least, the Vercors, a major site of the Resistance, pays tribute to our heroes with a memorial and necropolis at Vassieux-en-Vercors.

13. Aix-les-Bains

aix les bains

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📍 114 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h20

🚆 By train: 1h20

📷Sightseeing: Lac du Bourget, thermal baths and spa, Musée Faure, Hautecombe Abbey

France’s third-largest spa town, Aix-les-Bains is renowned for its many thermal baths and spas, where you can easily spend the day. For those who prefer natural settings, Lac du Bourget, with its magnificent water color and beaches, offers a multitude of activities and bathing spots.

In the town center, you’ll find a few Roman remains and the famous Faure Museum, housed in a magnificent villa.

Finally, for those with vehicles, don’t miss Hautecombe Abbey on the shores of the lake. A splendid place and a splendid view!

14. Annecy

Vue sur le lac d'Annecy depuis le col du Forclaz

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📍 145 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h30

🚆 By train: 2h15

📷 Things to see and do: Lake Annecy, old town and Thiou canal, château

Annecy needs no introduction. Although it’s a long way from Lyon, it’s still possible to spend a day in the town and enjoy one of the most beautiful walks around.

In fact, the town’s marvellous old town, with its Thiou canal, stone houses and château, is almost the only reason to visit. It’s not called the Venice of the Alps for nothing. A cruise on the Thiou is the best way to admire it up close.

The town’s other main attraction is Lake Annecy, a place for hiking, various activities and relaxation. There’s never a dull moment in Annecy, and you’ll never want to leave.

15. Chambéry

Chambéry

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📍 107 kilometers

🚗 By car: 1h15

🚆 By train: 1h30

📷Sightseeing / activities: old town, Dukes of Savoy castle, railway rotunda, Savoy museum

We end our selection of walks around Lyon with Chambéry. Chambéry’s old town center, with its famous fountain known as the « 4 without asses », is a charming place to stroll, and you’ll enjoy sitting on a terrace to admire the old stones.

The town’s main historical landmark, the Château des Ducs de Savoie, traces the history of the region, a history that can be completed with the Musée Savoisien. Chambéry is also home to France’s largest rotunda, designed by Gustave Eiffel.

So, which of these walks around Lyon appeals to you most?