The beautiful small village chapels.
Many hiking trails or tracks lead to villages and small chapels. These chapels are sometimes very richly decorated and even are sometimes used when the priest comes in the area, generally not for good news. . .
The chapels have generally a story (miraculous fountain nearby, social cement when they were built, built on a special event. . . ) and are nowadays still venerated. They all have more or less the same size, but their style and decoration can vary very much from one to the other.
The Vareille chapel is highly decorated for instance, and the other one here (le Cros de St Just)is much more austere.
The small villages, hiking trails
Hiking trails are everywhere in the hills around Ambert, and walking a few hours you can discover beautiful landscapes, visit tiny villages and their chapels, look at cattle, find mushrooms in the woods, cross small creeks; well, it is just relaxing to go out for a few hours. At the tourist office, they provide maps or folders to help you can prepare your day trip. Those trips can be done biking, walking, horse riding, there is choice for all sorts of people who like to see nature and countryside.
AMBERT OFFICE DE TOURISME ** Pays d'Ambert
Puy-de-Dôme (63) - Auvergne
4, Place de Hôtel de Ville, 63600 AMBERT