Camping Le Cottet à Saint Appolinard

What to do in the area ?

A touristic region

The Pilat massif is located in the Loire department in the south-east of the town of Saint-Étienne and in the south-west of the towns of Vienne and Givors. It dominates the Rhone and the Gier valleys.

Our massif is bordering with 4 departments: the Rhône, the Isère, the Ardèche and the Haute-Loire but also only a few steps away from the drome


“Diversity” is the best word to describe our region. We will try, below, to help you discover some of its most important sites.

Activities in Pilat are oriented around nature, sports and culture:


  • Various events for children and parents
  • Hikes and walks
  • Mountainbikes
  • Paragliding
  • Discovery of the heritage of the region: villages, monuments…
  • Discovery of the exceptional wines of the region


Une localisation centrale

Discover all the activities in the
Pilat Regional Natural Park

Situated between Saint-Etienne and the Rhône Valley, Pilat is made up of small regions with very distinct characters.

They are opposed by their climates, their landscapes, their types of habitats or their methods of land development.
The whole constitutes a mid-mountain massif, a veritable water tower for the towns of the nearby valleys.

The Pilat Regional Natural Park extends over 700 km². The slopes of the Rhône, land of fruit trees and vines, follow the highlands of forests and livestock. Forests, beech woods, slopes of broom and plateaus of meadows are all characteristic landscapes of Pilat.

We invite you to contact the Maison du Parc du Pilat to collect as much touristic information as possible: .

Some places to visit



ur region will satisfy your curiosity, indeed, both historically and naturally, Pilat and its surroundings offer you viewpoints and villages that have things to tell you…


  • The medieval village of Malleval, which, from the top of its rocky outcrop, overlooks the Rhône and offers, weather permitting, an unforgettable view of the Alps.
    A short walk between rocks and cacti will take you to the SAUT DE LORETTE, a magnificent waterfall.
  • Sainte-Croix-En-Jarez, former Carthusian monastery.
  • Pélussin, Silk Interpretation Trail.
  • Annonay, the land of hot air balloons
Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (42)

Flavors and know-how



nique craft creations, renowned local products, Pilat offers, thanks to the diversity of its terroirs, quality productions resulting from the love of a job well done.

Apples from Pilat, cold cuts, honey, rigottes de Condrieu (special cheese), wines are happily married by the local gastronomy with the famous wines of Côtes-Rôties, St Joseph and Condrieu.


With among others:

L'abus d'alcool est dangereux pour la santé, à consommer avec modération...
...mais vous pouvez abuser des Rigottes !

The steps



t is often on the markets of our towns and villages that we find good fresh and especially local products.

But it is true that when you are on vacation you never know where and when they are happening.


We have therefore decided to list the closest to us. So you can have fun and discover this important part of our culture!


  • Tuesday morning in Saint- Julien- Molin – Mollette, (6 kms)
  • Wednesday morning in Malleval, (9kms)
  • Thursday morning in Maclas, (3.5kms) and Bourg-Argental, (13kms)
  • Friday morning in Condrieu, (20kms)
  • Friday afternoon in Davézieux, (19kms)
  • Saturday morning in Annonay, (18kms)
  • Sunday morning in Pélussin, (11kms)
Le Pilat et toutes ses pommes

Good addresses

From walks to hikes



e hikes in the Parc du Pilat are numerous.

Each village has at least one short hike loop (yellow and white markings) of different lengths which will satisfy both experienced walkers and those who wish to stroll through landscapes that vary from one slope to another.

They are several alternatives from the camping, including:


The Sentier de Sainte Blandine and many others…


  • Circuit of the mills of Laversanne
  • Crêt de la Perdrix,
  • Crêt de l’oeillon,
  • Crêt de saint Sabin ,
  • Crêt de la chèvre
  • Le Pic des 3 dents au rocher de Dentillon
  • Le lac du Ternay (ballade, pêche..)
Le pic des 3 dents
Le crêt de la perdrix et le crêt de l'Oeillon

Good addresses

Sports and leisures



he Parc du Pilat has the particularity of offering you a good number of sporting and original activities.

We have tried to provide you with an exhaustive list that will allow you to fill up your stay at Camping Le Cottet with wonder and sensations.

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