Montbrison is located approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Lyon and 240 miles (386 kilometers) south of Paris, the capital of France.
Staying in only one place, regardless of its popularity, can only ever give you a narrow glimpse into the wider qualities of a region. So be sure to enjoy Rhone-Alpes' other cultural and natural attractions. Firminy, lays 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the northwest, while Saint-Marcel-de-Felines can be found 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the south.
While you are on vacation in Montbrison, make a day trip to Saint-Etienne. Approximately 19 miles (31 kilometers) away, this regional transport and shopping hub is home to Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne Golf Club and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Jean Monnet University, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Zenith Saint-Etienne Metropole are also good to visit.
To get a real sense of a region, it's often helpful to learn a little local history. Rhone-Alpes' fascinating old towns are a marvellous place to start. If you need to escape the elements, you can't beat Rhone-Alpes' excellent history museums, theaters and art museums. These are ideal places to soak up some of the local lore and culture and find a unique gift or two.
If you are in the area during winter, try out some of the local wintersports including skiing and cross-country skiing. These activities are on offer in the region. Those adventurous souls searching for action, adrenaline and adventure should get their fix by joining a mountain climbing or ice skating adventure.
At the end of your holiday in Montbrison, you'll be sure to bid this region a sad "Au revoir / À bientôt" Rest assured, however, you'll be heading home with memories and photos that you can enjoy for years to come.