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Glandieu Waterfall

This waterfall has water gushing out of more than 60 m high  is classified as a “Sensitive Natural Area”. In free access all the year, it is beautiful in different ways in all seasons.

A remarkable photo spot throughout the year, the Glandieu waterfall is easy to access.

Two parking lots have been arranged outside the small village of Glandieu. It is not possible to park in the immediate vicinity of the waterfall.

A few minutes from the ViaRhôna cycling route that connects Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean sea following the Rhone river, Glandieu waterfall is an unmissable detour on this bicycle route!

To preserve it, swimming, picnicking and dogs are prohibited on site.

Hiking around the waterfall

Discover the waterfall of Glandieu during a hike or a bike ride:

  • The cycling loop along the water between the Rhone and Guiers is a bike loop with a length of 21 km practicable in hybrid bike, mountain bike, gravels starting from the water plan of Cuchet to Murs-et-Gelignieux. Riding largely on the ViaRhôna bike route, it follows the Rhone River in the Haut Rhone nature reserve as well as the Guiers to Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers.
  • The Water Trail (circuit de l’eau) is a 7 km hike between the village of Brégnier-Cordon and the hamlet of Glandieu. Short, but sporty, this walk offers several panoramic views of the Rhone and its nature reserve.

Find these and many other routes in the region on the free Ainoutdoor platform and app.

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Store of local products

Quand on sème in Glandieu

At a stone’s throw from the Glandieu waterfall, the Quand on sème store has the productions of Géraldine Dunand’s farm and those of nearby producers.

In this store of local products, you will find fresh products (cheeses, cold cuts etc), fruit juices, cider, beer, oils and vinegar, flours, coffee, herbal teas and teas, spices, honey, saffron, coulis, foie gras and terrines.

Groceries, ice cream, drinks and coffee are available to take away or to consume on the spot, on the terrace in front of the store.


  • Can we swim in the Glandieu waterfall?

    No, the Glandieu waterfall is a sensitive natural area, it is forbidden to swim or barbecue.

  • What to do in Glandieu after visiting the waterfall?

    After contemplating the waterfall, it is possible to discover the wide choice of local products in the store Quand on Sème, to discover the workshops of Tamlin!”

    For more sensations, the leisure base Exo 3D opens its doors to you less than 5 minutes to make you discover the towed buoy, water skiing, wakeboarding, etc.

    The Maison d’Izieu memorial, a place of life that has become a national memory, offers guided tours and permanent and temporary exhibitions.

    The Caveau Martin-Barbaz located in Izieu warmly welcomes you for tastings of its organic wine certified AB. Bugey white: Chardonnay, Roussette. Red Bugey : Pinot, Mondeuse. Bugey rosé. Bugey traditional method white and rosé. By appointment at +336 81 54 38 95.

  • Does the Glandieu waterfall flow all year round?

    Yes, the Glandieu waterfall flows continuously all year round.

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