Pérouges: The perfect day trip from Lyon

Take a walk into the past in Pérouges near Lyon

Less than an hour away from the bustling city, Pérouges offers a great escape into a picturesque medieval town.


Lyon Pérouges

Pérouges (Ain) a medieval city near Lyon

The area officially became part of France in 1601, under the rule of Henri IV.

Pérouges (Ain) was a fortified commune, situated on a hilltop.

The town is seemingly frozen in time.  Although restored in the early 1900s, Pérouges is well-preserved, still offering a glimpse into history along with a few instagrammable spots along the way.

How to Get to Pérouges

There are two options to reach this medieval escape for a day trip out of Lyon: by car or by train.

  • By Car: Pérouges is 30km away from Lyon, with a short drive on the A42.  There is parking available for visitors ,outside the town, for only 2 euros.
  • By Train: There is a train line Meximieux – Pérouges.  The station is only a 20-minute walk from the town. The earliest train departs from Lyon at 6:30, with the last train departing from Pérouges at 21:00.

How to spend your time in Pérouges.

The entire city is a landmark itself, with buildings dating as far back as the 12th century.

The Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine De Pérouges offers a look into the architecture of 15th century France.

Lyon Pérouges house sundial

Sundial house in Pérouges

The church adjoins the fortress, emphasizing the defensive aspect of the town.  The church was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, with a statue of Saint Georges, the patron saint of Pérouges, dear the side door.

The Musee du Vieux Pérouges offers different illustrations of Pérouges, with a glimpse of everyday life and craft. Pieces rang from 14th century to 20th.


What to eat in Pérouges?

Pérouges is known for their famous Galette de Pérouges. Marie Louise Thibaut created this sugary piece of heaven in 1912, and it has been popular ever since.  The Galette de Pérouges is flattened brioche dough baked with butter and sugar that caramelizes on top.

Another traditional dish is the Pérougeoise, which is a dish comprised of potatoes with mustarded cream, Bleu de Bresse cheese, topped off with roasted chicken.