Calm and harmony
Just south of the town of Bourgoin-Jallieu, the pristine natural surroundings of northern Isère
are the perfect place for a relaxing outing.
Musée de Bourgoin-Jallieu
The Musée de Bourgoin-Jallieu is a museum devoted to the area’s local heritage. It focuses on two themes: the textile industry, which forged the region’s manufacturing identity, and the work of post-impressionist landscape painter Victor Charreton. This is the only museum in the Rhône-Alpes region to present the history of printing on fabric, a specialized aspect of Lyon silk manufacturing.
The museum explores the evolution of this regional industry over the past 200 years, from the earliest stamping techniques to the latest computerized technologies. Entry to the museum is free.
The Montjoux pond nature reserve (‘Espace naturel sensible de l’étang de Montjoux’), located two kilometres from Saint-Jean-de-Bournay, is a haven of biodiversity. The area is teeming with numerous birds, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. In the spring and summer, the pond’s magnificent reed bed serves as a mating ground for water birds like crested grebes, coots, moorhens, and even the rare purple heron. From the embankment you can observe the various migrating birds.
In keeping with the aquatic theme, but on a more playful note, the Moulin recreation area (‘Base de loisirs du Moulin’) is located in Meyrieu-les-Etangs. The 20-hectare outdoor area (including 9 hectares of water) offers activities like canoeing, kayaking, fishing, ping-pong, and miniature golf. There’s also a waterslide and lifeguard-supervised swimming area.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, you can leave your bike and go for a walk on one of the numerous hiking trails through this wooded area. You’ll encounter frequent ruins, evidence that the area was inhabited during prehistoric times. There are also hundreds of ponds that provide habitat for a remarkable variety of plant and animal species. The earthen construction techniques used in the area make the local villages and hamlets especially picturesque.
Brioche de Bourgoin