Isère Tourism

The countryside

Are you looking for peace and clean air? Do you want to get away from the hectic routine of the working week? Treat yourself to a few days in the countryside!

We call it “se mettre au vert” - getting back to nature. Ideal for a weekend away, or why not swap the traditional seaside holidays in the middle of August for the Isére countryside, overflowing with treasures.


Are you bringing a family? You can rediscover the fun of the farm. Are you a gourmet? You’re sure to enjoy all our regional specialities. Are you a culture buff? You’ll love visiting the castles, historic monuments and other hidden gems of our heritage.

  • Covering the cantons of Crémieu, Pont de Chéruy and La Tour du Pin, the Isle Crémieu plateau is a judicious blend of nature, history and culture.
  • On the edge of Isle Crémieu lies Saint Chef, a happy village nestling in the hills. Surrounded by green countryside, this village has kept an authentic feel and has its own celebrity: Frédéric Dard, aka San Antonio, who spent his childhood there and chose to make it his final
  • Between Lyon and Grenoble, the Pays de Bièvre-Liers is an ideal place to rest and recuperate on a weekend or a holiday in the country.
  • Thirty minutes from Grenoble and within an hour of Lyon, the Sud Grésivaudan is a great place to try a range of fine foods. Its plateaus, waterways and signposted trails make it the ideal place to go rowing and hiking. If you prefer rock-climbing, fly-fishing or canyoning, head to Presle, the banks of the Bourne or Ecouges.
  • Hiking, mountain lakes, forests and Alpine pastures - welcome to the Valbonnais, at the edge of the Ecrins National Park. This commune can be explored on skis or snowshoes, and you’re sure to be fascinated by its quiet forests and ice cascades.

Not to miss


The medieval town of Crémieu

At 40 km from Lyon, the medieval town of Crémieu has an authentic, impressive architectural heritage, going back to the 12th century. You can follow a numbered itinerary to explore all of these monuments.
Situated 40 km to the east of Lyon, the medieval town of Crémieu offers a warm welcome. Visitors here can find an authentic, impressive architectural heritage whose first written evidence goes back to the 12th century. Then the town enjoyed many centuries of prosperity. The Château Delphinal (12th century), strategically positioned on its high promontory, bears witness to the growth of the town, with the construction of fortified gates (14th century), a majestic hall (15th century), an Augustine convent leaning against the ramparts (14th-19th centuries), its cloister (17th century)… All these remains are visible reminders of times past, when Crémieu was important militarily, economically and in religious matters.
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Pont-en-Royans lies at the gateway to the Vercors, near the Grands Goulets and the Bourne gorges. This village owes its charm to the ingenuity of the people who, from the 16th century onwards, built it on a ledge to promote the wood trade.
From the hanging houses over the Bourne to the river that runs through the village, get away from it all and come and explore this unusual village.
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At the edge of Oisans and Matheysine, at the heart of a quality environment, Vizille is an important cultural centre which was the birthplace of the French Revolution. This town is located at the centre of a star whose points are formed by three Alpine valleys, overlooked by the Belledonne, Vercors and Oisans massifs.
Vizille is above all famous for its 17th-century château and park. The château hosted the assembly of the Three Orders of the Dauphiné in the Jeu de Paume room during the States-General in 1788.

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