Forest and stoneOn the trail of Mandrin
Located at the edge of the Chambaran forest, which served as a hideout for the famous smuggler Mandrin, this route is perfect for exploring the unique architecture of Roybon, and the Chateau de Bressieux.
The historic town of Roybon charms visitors with its stone houses, red brick Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, and Statue of Liberty. The village is proud of its replica of Lady Liberty, which was a gift from Bartholdi to his friend Sainte-Romme, both prominent figures in the local community in the early 20th century.
When you visit Roybon, stop by the tourist office to get a copy of the booklet Mémoire des Galets.
Near the village, Lac de Roybon (Lake Roybon) offers a recreation area with beaches, playgrounds, and picnic sites. Access is free.
The lake is regularly stocked with trout, and fishing is authorised year round, except for the first and third Fridays of every month.
The Madone Notre-Dame-des-Vents (statue of the Virgin Mary) stands on a hill above Saint-Michel-de-Saint-Geoirs. In the Middle Ages, a fortified castle overlooked the village, but today only the name remains: Le Château. In the area where the castle once stood, a statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in 1954.
Château de Bressieux
A stronghold for one of the most powerful fiefdoms of medieval Dauphiné, the Château de Bressieux played a notable role in the history of the province. Today, the red brick towers are still standing. From the top of the tallest tower, there are panoramic views of Chambaran, Bièvre, and Vercors. In the village, a small museum describes the history of human inhabitation of Bressieux, from prehistoric times up until modern day. A scale model shows the brick fortress as it appeared when it was built.
In the town of Saint-Siméon-de-Bressieux, the glass-roofed Girodon silk factory is also worth a visit. Built by a Lyon silk manufacturer, the factory includes two buildings linked by a glass-roofed area. It employed nearly a thousand people and operated until 1934.
The mushrooms of Chambaran