The Stop-over village award is granted by the French Ministry of Equipment to communes meeting with the Stop-over village charter - very strict when it comes to services and hosting.
On 25 October 2006 when the bypass of the route national 7 was officially opened, Lapalisse became the 19th member of the Stop-over village network.
A stop-over village has less than 5,000 inhabitants, is located less than 5 km or 5 min from a free motorway exit or expressway. A stop-over village is eager to preserve its authentic village character.
It offers road users a whole host of services tuned to each individual need:
- basic shops (bakery, butcher-delicatessen, grocer, newsagent),
- a varied choice of dining while discovering the culinary traditions of each village,
- classified hotels to enjoy a rest and peace and quiet,
- a 2-star Tourist office and Tourist Information centre,
- an equipped, shaded picnic area,
- and much, much more...
As well as being a pledge of quality and road safety for motorists, stop-over villages are also the gateway to discovering the local area thereby boosting the economy of the communes.
The national federation (FNVE)
The national federation of stop-over villages helps develop the concept.
It has set itself three tasks: to represent the 42 stop-over villages with regard to partners, adherence to the quality of services provided and to expand the network.
Fédération nationale des Villages étapes
16 Place Jourdan
Fax : 05 55 35 24 46
Contact : Béatrice Coiffard