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Saint-Étienne has a place on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities because of its excellent architectural heritage, gorgeous green spaces, world-class museums, biodiverse national parks, and fascinating history. It’s a must-visit if you’re in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France.
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Guide to Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne is situated in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern-central France, close to the Massif Central range of mountains. It is the capital of the Loire department.
Saint-Étiennehas a temperate climate, very close to a warm-summer humid continental climate. However, it is generally the snowiest city of France, with 85 cm (2.79 ft) of snow accumulated each year on average.
Saint-Étienne is known as the French city of the "weapon, cycle, and ribbon" because it is the birthplace of several firearms, looms, textiles and bikes.
Things to do in Saint-Étienne
Enjoy world-famous museums
Saint-Étienne boasts world-class museums and that is a good place to start your sightseeing. Begin with the Musée d'Art Moderne, which has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in France. It contains more than 19,000 works, including work by greats like Monet, Magnelli, and Picasso. Then head to the Musée de la Mine, a national monument that allows you to dive into the history and mining past of Saint-Étienne. There’s a reconstructed mine that you can tunnel through. The Musée d'Art et d'Industrie is housed in a 19th-century mansion that showcases a massive collection of weapons, textiles and bicycles.
Take a picnic to a mountainside park
For some fresh air, head to the Pilat Regional Natural Park, which spans a total area of 65,000 hectares and boasts incredibly picturesque mountainous countryside where you can have your own Sound of Music moment. The park is also home to hundreds of woodpeckers and beavers. Another scenic attraction is the Gorges de la Loire Nature Reserve, which contains 312 hectares of the Loire River. Lac de Grangent is another popular water body and a perfect place for a picnic.
Eating out in Saint-Étienne
For traditional fare like snails and charcuterie boards paired with local wines, try L'Escargot d'Or. Chez Les Fondus Saint Étienne is one of the foremost establishments in town, thanks to its rich raclette dishes, made with freshly melted Swiss cheese, and rich chocolate fondue. For haute French cuisine, head to the cosy A La Table des Lys. Marc Lecroisey, the chef de cuisine, helps you discover traditional French dishes with a modern twist, prepared using the freshest ingredients in season.
The nearest international airport is Saint-Étienne - Bouthéon Airport (EBU), located about 12 km north-northwest of Saint-Étienne’s city centre.
Getting around Saint-Étienne
The main railway station is Gare de Saint-Étienne-Châteaucreux, which connects to Paris, Lyon, and several other regional towns and cities. Saint-Étienne also has a notable tramway and trolleybus system, provided by STAS. Many visitors travelling across France or Western Europe also opt to hire a car for maximum flexibility, comfort, and convenience.
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