The Roannais region in France has acquired its name from the main township of Roanne, even though it covers a large, and picturesque area of the Rhône-Alpes.
Located on the banks of the River Loire, with the lower slopes of Auvergne, Beaujolais, and Burgundy forming the backdrop, the Roanne area offers French lifestyle at its very best.
It is famous for its food, which includes the famous Michelin three-star restaurant, Maison Troisgros (a fantastic gastronomic experience if you’ve got the chance!)
There are also many other local restaurants which are simply sublime, and for quality, service and surroundings, certainly do not break the bank!
Vineyards abound, with Cote Roannaise, made from Gamay grapes, being the local tipple.
There is much to see and do – from a large number of heritage sites, medieval villages, some buildings dating from the 13th Century (some Roman churches from the 10th century)
Medieval castles and renaissance country houses abound – “Chateau de la Roche” being, probably, the most romantic.
Set on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the Loire, this classic ‘fairytale’ castle Is stunning. Every year in August there is an incredible ‘son et lumiere’ with fireworks celebrating its medieval history. (Brilliant for all the family!)
Roanne is surrounded by the uplands known as Monts de la Madeleine, Monts du Beaujolais and Monts du Lyonnais.
They provide breathtaking panoramic views of the Roanne Valley, and are easily accessible for hill-walking, mountain-biking, and, of course, ski-ing and snow-boarding during the winter months.
Due to its location near the Loire, the Roanne area is also popular for river cruising through the Loire gorges. Water sports, such as sailing, canoeing, rowing etc., are also available.
There is plenty to do for families and children all year round!
Visit www.leroannais.com for a further ‘taste’ of this beautiful part of France.