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The authentic charm of the Norman architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries has been remarkably preserved in Lyons-la-Forêt.

The village is classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France©.

Lyons la Foret
Eglise Saint-Denis de Lyons
Covered market in Lyons
Lyons from above
Square des Trois Moulins in Lyons


Lyons-la-Forêt, thanks to its verdant environment, the authenticity of the built heritage and the mildness of the atmosphere, has been made a place of rest and inspiration, popular amongst numerous artists and personalities of the contemporary world. Some have left a mark in Lyons-la-Forêt, such as Maurice Ravel, the painter Jean Dollfus, Paul-Emile Pissaro, the interior designer and decorator Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and the architect Pierre Patout, who is an icon of the Art Deco style. The movie directors Jean Renoir and Claude Chabrol have each shot scenes there, from their respective version of the movie Madame Bovary.

You will discover a village with a strong character, with half-timbered houses of the 17th and 18th centuries. The streets in the town centre trace a central ring around the old feudal mound.

The town centre of this charming village is represented by the covered market that gets animated thanks to markets, exhibitions and jazz concerts. The restaurants and the cafes’ terraces are a lively place of this charming village. The inhabitants are keen to enhance history and animate the cultural life, especially thanks to events regularly organised by Les Amis de Lyons.


“I know that Lyons has two faces, as I have often been here. A sweet, quiet and countryside-like life. And an agitated life, when the end of the week start to look like a week-end around the covered market.”

Philippe DELERM

Many monuments in Lyons-la-Forêt are a proof of the rich history of the village: old convents near the river Lieure, water mills, old constabulary… During the 18th century, when the duke of Penthièvre was a benefactor, the village was an administrative place. As witness, there is the court room classified as National Heritage site, in the town hall, as well as the dungeon.

The village of Lyons-la-Forêt, which is also classified as Station Verte and Villes et Villages Fleuris (4 fleurs) has become an ideal destination for a relaxing stay. The village and the Pays de Lyons-la-Forêt beautifully mix the natural heritage and the cultural Norman heritage.

“And when spring arrives, the woods hyacinths make beautiful blue carpets. That’s when the very Norman village becomes the capital of an enchanted world… »
Edouard LAUNET – Libération