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Situated in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, this department is home to the cities of Saint-Étienne in the south and Roanne in the north. The land between the two is tremendously varied, with forests, ponds and peat bogs providing fertile ground for a wide range of animal life, particularly birds. During your walks, you will also come across pretty little villages and museums for all the family.
Loire's natural surroundings are one of its main draws. Extending over 270 square miles in the south of the department, the mountainous Pilat Regional Natural Park is fabulous to explore on hikes along some of its 900 miles of signposted trails. Winter sports are just as popular here too, especially Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Returning to the river, you can go for a wander around the Loire Gorges Regional Nature Reserve, a magnificent hilly landscape that is home to a number of rare bird species.
Like the rest of the department, both the natural park and nature reserve are scattered with villages where time has stood still. For example, stop off in Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez in the Pilat mountain range or Saint-Bonnet-le-Château perched on a rocky promontory and offering outstanding views of the region. Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice-sur-Loire is also remarkable for its tower with unforgettable panoramic views of the river.
There are also a great many interesting attractions to visit. In Apinac, the whole family will love the Vignal Windmill, which was built in 1783 and still works today. If you go to Montbrison, don't miss the Allard Museum with its exhibitions of fine art, toys and nature. Finally, animal lovers will be in heaven at Espace zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, a wildlife park best known for its great apes but also home to many other species.
Loire is easy to reach by car via the A72 and A89 motorways. You can also travel by train to Saint-Étienne. For local travel between the region's towns and villages, the TIL transport network is very handy. Taking a holiday here is a perfectly natural decision. Head to the Loire for a breath of fresh air!
Located in the heart of Saint-Etienne, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Musee d'Art et d'Industrie and Cite du Design are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Ouches guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Le Scarabee, Halle Des Sports Andre Vacheresse, and Clinique du Renaison. Municipal Theatre of Roanne and Port of Roanne are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Municipal Theatre of Roanne, Port of Roanne, and Centre Hospitalier De Roanne. Clinique du Renaison and Halle Des Sports Andre Vacheresse are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Saint-Etienne, this residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, Jean Monnet University, and Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo. Cite du Design is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Located in the heart of Saint-Etienne, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Musee d'Art et d'Industrie and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo and Cite du Design are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Le Coteau, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Municipal Theatre of Roanne and Port of Roanne. Centre Hospitalier De Roanne and Clinique du Renaison are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Musee des Beaux-Arts and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Saint-Etienne Golf Club and University Hospital of Saint-Etienne are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Saint-Etienne, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Cathedral of Saint Charles Borromeo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Musee d'Art et d'Industrie and Zenith Saint-Etienne Metropole are also within 2 mi (3 km).