Located in the centre of France, the Auvergne region has always been considered a geographical stronghold. Even though it remains “the green lung” of Europe, today it is particularly easy to get to, through Clermont-Ferrand, its capital city. Auvergne offers the visitor the largest volcanic area in Europe, two regional nature parks, magnificent lakes, one of the most beautiful untamed rivers in Europe and the remnants of a long history.Here in Auvergne, Nature did things on a large scale and Time took all the time it needed to sculpt immense, unique landscapes, perfect forDiscovery and Adventure. There, near the volcanoes, you will find the burning desire of escape. by paraglider or hot air balloon.
On the edge of a torrent, let yourself be filled with the immense flow of powerful sensations rafting guarantees an adrenalin rush.
A little further on, you will combine moments of emotion and History with the cascading laughter of children. On foot, by horse, or by mountain bike. in Auvergne you travel through space, as well as through time, from the Middle Ages to the Belle Époque, from Celtic vestiges to Romanesque Art.
And for all those who prefer beautiful walks and long hikes, thousands of kilometres are at your disposal when going from Regional Nature Parks to castles, spas, various restaurants and good eating-places. Just like handicrafts, Auvergnat cooking is a true Heritage.
As for the party spirit, it is present year round with numerous shows, festivals, and artistic events.not to forget the Magic of Vulcania, “The European Park of Volcanism”!
Right here, close by, Auvergne with its big open spaces is yours!
West, the truncated cones of the chaîne des Puys and east, the Monts du Forez peaks edge the Limagne plain and its cereal areas. In the south, the Val d’Allier digs out steep hills on which ochre and gilded coloured vine-growing villages are perched.
CITIES AND VILLAGES
With its four villages listed among the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, the district also has “Cities and Lands of Art and History”, tourist stations and convention centres that offer pleasant and varied stays: culture and discovery, sport and relaxation, business tourism and incentive, activities and events are combined for the greatest pleasure of the visitors.
SPORT AND LEISURE
Rambling on 5 100 kilometres of marked itineraries, flying over the volcanoes in a hot-air balloon or parapenting, mountain biking, canoeing, climbing or skiing and husky sleigh riding., are also original means to discover the Puy-de-Dôme thanks to a stimulating and varied programme.
VISITS AND DISCOVERIES
From museums to castles, mysterious caves to Romanesque churches, craftsmen to producers, live a convivial meeting, a greedy walk, a play stop or a travel in history from the Gaul’s war to nowadays. The Puy-de-Dôme sites reveal to the visitor some of its past life or present secrets and also present current local specificities.
ACCOMMODATION – RESTAURANTS
Hotels, country Inns, Bed & Breakfast, holiday gîtes, campsites, mobil-homes and chalets, holidays villages : you will find all kind of quality accommodation in the Puy-de-Dôme area. Our restaurants offer a familiar, traditional, rural, classic or gastronomic cooking that make you taste the culinary specialities of the region.