The Loire département owes its name to the river that flows through it for over 100 kilometres. There are many leisure activities you can do along the water, in the heart of nature. Take a seasonal rental in the Loire, in Saint-Etienne, rent a family house in Saint-Chamond or else book a holiday gîte in Firminy. You might event choose to book a holiday rental in Ambierle.
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Discover the banks of the Loire as you wander along the footpath that stretches for 60 kilometres between Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert and Montrond-les-Bains. Relax on the marina of Saint-Victor-sur-Loire and go hiking in the Gorges de la Loire nature reserve or do a bit of trout fishing in the Lac de Vidrieux. If you are a sports enthusiast you can go mountain-biking from Graix to the cols of the Livradois-Forez regional nature park; otherwise, try the via ferrata in Planfoy in the Pilat regional nature park.
Rent a chambre d'hôtes in Saint-Etienne and visit the Cité du Design. Go to Firminy to admire the architectural genius of Le Corbusier, which is a UNESCO Heritage site, as well as the Bruneaux eco-museum. Heritage enthusiasts will enjoy the Renaissance treasures of the castle of La Bâtie-d'Urfé or the Romanesque and Gothic art in the convent of the Cordeliers and the Benedictine abbey in Charlieu.
If culture is your favourite pastime then you will love the various activities that take place in the Loire; the Festival des Sept Collines in Saint-Etienne, or the Printemps Musical in Saint-André-d'Apchon. Children can enjoy their own cinema festival with the Festival Tête de Mule. And last but not least, the 1001 Bass Music Festival is where it's at for electronic music fans.