Day Trip To Perouges, The Medieval Town You Must Visit Now

With a few extra days in Lyon – after deciding to postpone our trip to Provence – my boyfriend decided to take me on a day trip to Perouges, Which is only half an hour away from Lyon by car. The picturesque and peaceful village is one the most authentic – although restored in the early 1900’s – medieval towns you will ever see. The cobblestones roads, half-timbered stone houses, and even the recipe of their world famous Galette de Perouges remains intact in this place.

After the short drive and a ten-minute walk uphill – worth it – we finally arrived at the city’s gate. We made a quick stop at the tourist office, which is located right outside the entrance, and we headed in.

 
 
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Perouges is not only well-preserved structurally, but it’s also unspoiled with souvenir shops and tourist traps. The locals have worked arduously to conserve the authenticity of its medieval time – of course sans famine and plague. And unlike other popular –touristy- places, the locals inhabit the town. As you explore it, you will see the residents walking around, working, or taking their pet for a walk.

For a famous tourist town, the medieval city felt very calm. It is indeed a great place to spend half a day or a day strolling its historical alleyways. We arrived around 10 am, spent the morning walking around, and then settled for delicious lunch at Le Relais de la Tour – on their front patio overlooking the plaza. Afterward, we continued our tour for a couple more hours. For a list of restaurants in Perouge check out this list.

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What To Eat in Perouges

You must try Perouges’ famous sugary and buttery Galette de Perouges! Created by Marie Louise Thibaut in 1912, the treat has been a staple ever since. The Galette de Perouges is a brioche dough flatten and baked with butter and sugar on top for a caramelized and crispy texture. Another traditional dish you must try is the Pérougeoise – perfectly gratinated potatoes with mustard cream, Bleu de Bresse cheese, and a mouthwatering roasted chicken on top.

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When To Visit Perouges

The liveliest time to journey on a day trip to Perouges is during their busy season: April – October or December for the Christmas market. If you visit during their low season, you may find the town a bit too empty – unless that’s what you are looking for – and many of the stores, restaurants, and even the tourist office closed.

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Tip: 

If you visit Perouges in April, on Wednesday’s, you will find most shops closed.

 

How to get to Perouges

By Car:
Perouges is only 30 minutes away from Lyon, so a short drive on the A42 and you are there. There’s a designated visitors parking lot outside the gated town for 2 Euros.

By Train:
Train station Meximieux—Pérouges
The earliest train departs from Lyon to at Meximieux—Pérouges at 6:30 am, and the last train from Meximieux—Pérouges back to Lyon departs at 9:00 pm. Check the schedule so you can plan accordingly.
The train station is 20 minutes away walking distance to the gated town.

 

Tip:

Wear comfortable shoes, as the steep cobblestone roads require good walking shoes.

 
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Perouges, France The Medieval Town You Must Visit Now
Perouges, France The Medieval Town You Must Visit Now
 

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