Chatreuse de Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez
Have you ever seen a village that moved into an old Chartreux monastery? No? That's normal, because the village of Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez is the only one in France. So, in the Jarez region, you will need to climb up high to see this unusual site.
We are a long way from monastic austerity, though. Here, they welcome the inquisitive of all ilks, for creative visits with a variety of activities and events. With a series of festivals, exhibitions, orienteering courses, games throughout the year, there's plenty to do in Chartreuse de Sainte-Croix. If your thing is walks and big rocks, we've got just what you need: a great one-hour walk out to the Roches de Marlin megalithic site. But the Jarez region also has another trick up its sleeve over in La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay. The town is home to one of the most unusual museums in the Loire: the Maison des Tresses et Lacets. This magical place is taking care to preserve the know-how of a whole region, which made a huge contribution to fashion until the middle of the 20th century with its braiding machines. So tie up your laces and set off for the Jarez, a region full of surprises!
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