As the local saying goes, ‘in Bièvre-Valloire, we don’t have the chateaux from Loire !’ This is true, however the area is proud to be home to some amazing medieval castles, some of which are part of some of the best routes for family walks. So let’s go back in time, we’ll pretend you’re the queen and I am your knight in shining armour…!’
In the heart of the village of Jarcieu, the castle opened to the public in 2002. Built with local materials it bears some architectural elements from all the centuries of its history. You can enjoy an interactive guided tour of the castle, the tiles museum and the gardens.
Château de Jarcieu 151 route de St Sulpice 38270 Jarcieu
This beautiful castle from the 14th to the 18th centuries is adorned with a round tower, and was embellished by the Marquis of Marcieu who was the Governor of the Dauphiné county. This was also an ex stronghold for the Lords of the village of Revel. The castle, its terrace and gardens are listed as French Historical Monuments.
780 route de Pisieu 38270 Revel-Tourdan
This is an ancient fortress from the 13th century built following the blueprint that Jacques de St Georges was to circulate up to the Gascogne county. It is striking by its austere style; the tower with the entry porch is the main feature of this square structure highlighted by its round towers in each corner.
Le village 93 place du Château 38122 MontseverouxRead more
Built during the wars between the counties of Dauphiné and Savoie, this 14th century castle stood tall on the hill overlooking the Galeyson and Galaure valleys. Worth seeing are the remnants which have been restored and from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Vercors mountains and of the Mont Pilat peak.
38940 MontfalconRead more
This castle from the Renaissance period was built on the remnants of an old stronghold house from the 14th century which had belonged to the Fromenton family from Bresson. The south side of the castle opens out onto a terraced French style garden and overlooks the Bievre valley.
494 montée des murs 38270 Moissieu-sur-DolonRead more
Standing on a hill, the feudal castle of Bressieux still bears witness of its military heritage throughout the centuries, showcasing majestic ruins of reddy pink bricks.