When I studied abroad in Montpellier, my friend Elisabeth recommended the historical village of Pérouges as an excellent afternoon trip from Lyon. When I visited Lyon, though, we didn`t have the time to make the trek, but after hearing her rave and seeing her amazing photos, I knew I had to go! Fortunately, living in Oyonnax I`m a lot closer to Pérouges than I was in Montpellier, so back in November a whole group of us language assistants decided to take an afternoon and visit this raved-about medieval walled town.
How to get there
Pérouges doesn`t have its own train station, but is very close to the train station of Meximieux. It took a couple train changes from Oyonnax, but once I got there Pérouges is less than a 20 minute walk from the train station.
Les plus beaux villages de France
This independent French association tries to showcase small-town French beauty- and so about 150 towns and villages scattered across the French countryside are labeled with a sign advertising them as ¨The most beautiful villages of France¨. You can check out the full list here, if you read French. Pérouges certainly deserves the designation! Its a storybook town, perched up on a hill, that seriously transports you back in time. We had so much fun wandering around the little streets- and enjoying the local speciality – the sugary galette. You don`t need a whole lot of time to enjoy Pérouges- 3 hours sufficed for us! Enjoy!
Have you ever been to Pérouges or one of the most beautiful villages of France? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!