This department offers so many different regions and climates that you can find something to suit you all year round. Summer is the peak tourist season with good weather, village festivals and the possibility of hiking to escape the heat wave. Spring suits the landscape, but autumn also brings fire to the forests. If the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine zoo, the Château de Bouthéon and the Musée de la Mine de Saint-Étienne are open to the public all year round, for the Chalmazel ski resort, of course, it is winter

Horse racing enthusiasts can plan their visit for the end of the Feurs horse racing season at the end of October with the famous "Chantilly du Forez" race, nicknamed after the ancestral Feurs racecourse. Others will prefer to enjoy the Christmas village, in the old centre of Feurs. As for the Saint-Étienne International Design Biennale, it takes place in odd years, during one month in April/May.

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