Place de l’Eglise – Photo Credit : Town of Chomelix
With a population of 500 and situated at a mean altitude of 950 metres, the municipality of Chomelix has been inhabited since Antiquity.
A Celtic way, the "Bolène", linking Lyon with Aquitaine, goes through the village. Numerous Gallo-Roman remains are also to be found. After a particularly rich feudal period, Chomelix counted no less than four important castles, and today the vestiges of a tower and a surrounding wall can be seen, as well as the imposing ruins of the Arzon castle commanding the wild gorges of the Arzon river, a trout-anglers’ paradise.
It was a point of passage for pilgrims from the north on their way to Le Puy, which marked the departure for one of the roads to St. James of Compostella, as testified by 2 scallop shells on the church’s inner and outer walls.
Today, Chomélix features a fitness centre with Turkish baths, jacuzzi & sauna, a weight-training room and three meeting halls with video projection facilities that can cater for between 10 and 200 people for seminars, sports clubs and families. The village is ideally located for mountain-biking with 500 km of marked-out circuits for all levels, and there are also facilities for archery, fencing, orienteering and tennis.