Auvergne Things to Do

  • Climbing up to the chapel.
    Climbing up to the chapel.
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  • View over Monistrol d'Allier.
    View over Monistrol d'Allier.
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    Photo taken through the window.
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Auvergne Things to Do

  • Parc Naturel des Volcans, Auvergne

    Well natural parks and caves, volcanos are not my thing but I do pass thru it and by it many times as father in law is from the area and still with homes there. so here is the take on it, very vast, natural and great for the outdoorsman in you.You can reach it by air at the airport Clermont-Ferrandby car/auto on the autoroute A71 coming from Paris,...

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  • abbey of Saint Austremoine, Issoire

    This is a wonderful abbey in family country. There is probably an abbey here since the 6C, it was put Under the protection of Saint Austremoine dating from the second half of the 10C its best period its probably from the 14C, but put in command of the region from the 15C weakens it. The amount of monks Under the order of Saint Benoît,passed from 24...

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  • Cathédrale de Saint Pierre, St Flour

    another wonderful church especially inside. The Cathedral is at the Place St Pierre of gothic style done by end of the 15C on the site of an ancient roman basilica. The material use for its construction are typical of the area , volcanic rock, or the black lava rock of Liozargues, that gives it its somber color.The basilica was around 1095AD done...

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  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation ...

    A wonderful historical Cathedral, first I give you the Catholic site for ithttp://www.catholique-lepuy.cef.fr/-Cathedrale-du-Puy-.htmlCathedral Notre-Dame - de - L'Annonciation du Puy-en-Velay is a major monument of Romanesque art in Christianity. It was elevated to Basilica minor an apostolic Brief of Pope Pius IX, February 11, 1856. A Black...

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  • An unknown volcano in the south of...

    Mont Bard: an unknown volcano in the south of Auvergne.If you happen to drive between Clermont Ferrand and Le Puy en Velay, you will pass through the village of St Paulien, and from there it is easy to reach the village of Allègre where the Mt Bard is located nearby.It is not a very spectacular one, but it still has its original shape (Strombolian...

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  • Learn ecology on Mont Bard

    Mont Bard also offers views and the opportunity to learn.A local association has laid out the tracks to the summit and on the trail there are signs with some explanation about the volcano itself or about what happened later. It is always a good thing to have a few explanations when we see something unusual, and the kids walk easier trying to find...

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  • Impressive Polignac

    I do not know if the Polignac family from here has a link with the famous Cognac Brandy. . . This big fortress has been built between 1385 and 1424 on a high volcanic cliff by one of the most famous families of French history. It appears huge when you look at it from the road and arriving at the little village at the foot of the cliff it just is...

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  • Conques

    The village, nestled in a wild gorge, with its narrow lanes and old, timber-frame houses, follows a hillside along the length of rue Charlemagne. This was the street travelled by the pilgrims on their way to the abbey at Conques. Built by monks from the tenth to the XIIth centuries, the church and cloisters stand among the most beautiful triumphs...

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  • St Julien de Brioude

    Brioude , located in the south of Auvergne , on the high valley of the Allier river hosts the biggest roman basilica of Auvergne.This basilica, constructed in the 11 and 12th centuries contains some masterpieces of roman art of Auvergne. If you happen to pass by Brioude or the area , this basilica is worth a stop.Like many Auvergne religious...

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  • Early morning walks

    Where ever in Auvergne, if you are lucky enough to be above 800m elevation, try to go out at the same time as the sun rises. You just will see Nature awaking, getting out of its bed sheets!On the main picture, wake up not far from Viverols (see “tip” on Viverols chateau) .Picture 2: oblique sun in the “Forêt des Taillades”, not far from my “den” in...

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  • Mid April hike on Col des Pradeaux

    Spring is almost there, a few snow flakes are left in the shadowy areas of the woods, but flowers are now beginning to bloom, the birds sing loudly , . . . . etc. . . etc. . . . . I am not exactly a poetic writer. I just show you a few pictures from a hike at Col des Pradeaux mid April this year. There are many trails in the area, mine was a...

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  • An afternoon hike on two world famous...

    Yes! World famous at least for few people: Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache are two breached craters (in fact, not craters, but cinder cones, as are most of the cone shaped volcanoes), so breached cinder cones correctly, which are in most French earth sciences books.They are easily accessible and within 3-4 hours one can have walked on the...

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  • Top of Puy de Dôme : look at all these...

    When you go up the Puy de Dôme, if the weather allows it you have a view over more than eighty volcanoes! The Puy de Dome is located few kilometres West of Clermont Ferrand and a small road goes up quite high, then from a parking there is half an hour walk to go to the summit (1460 m); in summer with fine weather you may see more tourists than...

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  • The treasures are inside !

    St Austremoine Basilic is very well known for the paintings of its walls and columns.Some of the paintings date back to the 13th century, other are more recent.So, a visit inside is well worth, for the paintings, the windows and the statues.Main picture: red and gold around the altar in the choir. Heavily decorated pillars with chapiters...

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  • What do all these medaillons represent ?

    When you walk around St Austremoine, you will notice these small medaillons (small sculptures, applied against the walls of the basilica.In the previous “tip” these were twins. . . in other words Gemini. . . ! All around the basilica is an astrological “calendar”; all astrological signs are represented and here are few of them.Picture 1: this...

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  • Saint Austremoine, one of the most...

    Yes, one of the most famous roman churches of Auvergne, but also of France, and even more. . . . First, the name, churches have Christian names, some are out of fashion, but this one. . . do you know personally somebody called Austremoine? Austremoine was the firsqt bishop of Clermont Ferrand and was the evangelist of Auvergne (Like st Patrick of...

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  • St Nectaire (the church, not the...

    In the heart of the Parc Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne, half way between le Mont Dore and Issoire, on the D 996, 5 km East of Murol and the huge castle dominating this village is the village of Saint Nectaire. St Nectaire is the hometown of the wonderful cheese of the same name; it is a thermal resort with a casino, and other tourist attractions...

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  • The roman church of St Paulien

    The St Georges roman church of St Paulien is a very nice view when you drive on the road to Le Puy en Velay , in southern Auvergne.This church too is a typical Auvergne roman church (except for the belfry!) built with various coloured volcanic rocks. It has been built in the 11th century finished in the 13th. Like many village churches this church...

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  • Old streets of Brioude and the basilica...

    Brioude is a quite little city with an old centre with middle age or Renaissance street and houses, the best known of the houses is “la maison de Mandrin” (Mandrin’s house). Mandrin (1725-1755) was a smuggler and a bandit, well known in South Eastern France who mainly robbed the tax collectors of the time (les fermiers généraux).This house here was...

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  • Martinanches,a little gem in the beech...

    On the Route Departementale 997, near the little village of St Dier d’Auvergne40km South East of Clermont-Ferrand, direction Ambert is a little sign: Chateau des Martinanches. If you happen to visit the area, a little detour is worth it! Chateau des Martinanches is an old (11th century) little fortress, later renovated into a leisure castle (18th...

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  • Viverols another small village with a...

    Viverols is a small village located half way between Ambert and Craponne at 800 m elevation on the south western tip of the Monts du Forez. This is a typical Auvergne village, with a small place, a few shops, farms, and a big chateau (castle) of course. As usual the castle dominates the village (main picture) and looks like a protecting hen over...

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  • Chateau de Murol

    In the heart of the Parc Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne, half way between le Mont Dore and Issoire, on the D 996 is the little village of Murol and the huge castle dominating this village.Murol is also “hometown” of a raw milk cheese, (called Murol of course, like Saint Nectaire is hometown of the wonderful Saint Nectaire) but the castle is the...

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  • Visit without permission. . . .

    Mauzun Fortress is quite pleasant to visit even if you are not interested in medieval architecture or history, just for a quiet walk in ruins, but for this go in winter or in the morning, before it opens, jump above the small barrier, and have the castle for yourself alone. In the silent misty ambience, look at the landscapes, the small flowers...

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  • Château de Mauzun, the Giant of Auvergne...

    Many fortresses and castles are make one of the charms of Auvergne landscapes; military fortresses are often found on remote hills or dominating deep gorges in the mountains.The chateau de Mauzun is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest ) medieval fortress of Auvergne. It is now mainly in the state of ruins, but they are so impressive when you see...

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  • Hidden Rochelambert

    Château de la RochelambertThis castle, built with volcanic rocks is deeply hidden in the forest on the territory of St Paulien, 15 km north of Le Puy en Velay.This strange castle has no real style for me ; it seem it already existed in Middle Age, but has been since deeply transformed. It is now a museum which can be visited on week ends only...

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  • Tiny St Vidal

    St Vidal castle is located 12km North of Le Puy en Velay, in the Borne valley, in the small village of St Vidal. It looks beautiful when you arrive from the plateau, nested in in the woods and meadows.This castle has been built in the 13th century, a fortified house at the beginning, then the St Vidal family built a wider fortress during the 14 and...

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  • Vichy

    Vichy is a town of 30,000 inhabitants in the Sub-Prefecture of Allier, the Ville de Vichy situated right in the centre of France, to the North of the Auvergne Region. It is located on the banks of the river Allier, close to the Parc Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne (National Park), 55km (34 miles) from the regional capital, Clermont-Ferrand. Close...

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  • Flowers of the Auvergne

    From March to September there is a blaze of colour right across the region. Far too many plants to name but try Fleurs du Massif Central with photographs from Francis Debaisieux.www.editions-debaisieux.fr

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  • Belcastel

    A beautiful village and a beautiful river, the Aveyron. The fortified castle, gave its name to the village, Belcastel. Located a score of kilometres downstream from Rodez, the castle dates back to the XIth century.

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  • Holiday Inn Garden Court...

    well , its relatively Cheap, and its close to the Tram Station, it has the basic needs of any 3 star...

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  • All Seasons Le Puy en Velay Centre

    While we were only here for one night, the room was quite comfortable. We had a great view from the...

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  • Arverna Citotel Vichy

    A small 2* hotel in the very centre of Vichy. It's on a one-way street so it's very quiet at night....

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  • Eliotel

    51 Route de Maringues, Pont de Dore, Thiers, 63920, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Les Charmettes

    30 Avenue Georges Clemenceau, Le Mont-Dore, 63240, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Le Clos De Bourgogne

    83, Rue de Bourgogne, Moulins, Auvergne, 03000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Le Thermalia

    20 Avenue Baraduc, Chatelguyon, 63140, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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    34 Rue Jean Jaures, Rochefort, 17300, France

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Restaurant Au Val Dore

    129 Rue De Begique, La Bourboule, 63150, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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