The 28 September 2015

The Best of Auvergne

Auvergne is a countryside paradise, from its iconic volcanoes and charming villages to the natural quality of its water. With delicious local products, exciting festivals and plenty of outdoor activities, this is truly a diverse region.

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The Chaîne des Puys

VOLCANOES: FORCES OF NATURE

Volcanoes are everything in Auvergne, with mountains, lakes formed in craters, perched towns such as Le Puy-en-Velay and landscapes made up of basalt columns. The mountain chain of Les Puys and the viewpoints comprising Le Puy de Dôme, Le Plomb du Cantal (Europe’s largest volcano) and Le Puy Mary offer fantastic and easy walking among rare plants and animals along its wild rivers. Vulcania, meanwhile, is a quite unique location, part amusement park and part exploration site, providing an opportunity to find out about the force and mysteries of the earth’s very core.

Le Puy-en-Velay

A FESTIVAL OF CULTURE

The Auvergne has one of the largest collections of Romanesque art in Europe, with more than 250 buildings. It’s also a land of castles, villages, spa towns (Vichy), and religious towns (Le Puy-en-Velay, with a UNESCO world heritage listed cathedral). Here in the Auvergne, we also offer a lively cultural scene: from the International Street Festival in Aurillac to the Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand; from the Sacred Music Festival in La Chaise-Dieu to the pop-rock concerts of Europavox in Clermont-Ferrand (voted the French rock capital by Inrockuptibles magazine); there’s something for everyone!

Hiking at the Lac d'en Haut

COUNTRYSIDE: A BOUNDLESS PLAYGROUND

With its rounded volcanoes and wild rivers, Auvergne means easy walks, peaceful hikes, dynamic courses, mountain biking trails, river rafting, paragliding, delta winging and various other outdoor pursuits. From river fishing to hot air ballooning, this really is a boundless playground. Breathe in, walk, play, swim, fly and be reinvigorated! Get away from the crowds and back to nature!

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FLAVOURS AND INDIVIDUALITY

With 5 AOP-protected cheeses (which make up 26% of French cheeses), famous cold meats and other local produce with appellation status, such as green Puy lentils and golden Saint Flour lentils, it’s no surprise that Auvergne is an exciting place for chefs! With Michelin stars (no fewer than 3 for Regis Marcon), and other awards such as Bibs gourmands, Auberges de pays, Toques d’Auvergne, diversity, respect for natural ingredients and conviviality are what make eating in Auvergne such a rewarding experience.

Lac de la Cregu

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Auvergne is easily accessible, centrally located and yet offers a preserved environment. Here, we have family-oriented accommodation, activities and restaurants, without breaking the bank. The vast landscapes of the Auvergne are easily accessible - a safe playground and learning environment for children. In addition to outdoor activities, families can take advantage of our theme parks (Vulcania, Le PAL) and our shows and festivals (Aurillac Street Theatre Festival, Cervolix on the Gergovie plateau, one of the largest kite shows in France.

Themal baths in Le Mont-Dore

WATER: WELLBEING AND THERMAL HERITAGE

Water flows out from 109 mineral water springs in Auvergne. Here, the beneficial, curative, purifying and reinvigorating powers of water are exemplified by Volvic, Vichy, Châteldon, Arvie, Mont-Dore and others. Water cures come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes here, with wellbeing, spas, hammams, thermoludism and more, with something for everyone, making Auvergne France’s second-biggest thermal region, overflowing with invigorating waterfalls and refreshing walks, all within a healthy and reassuring environment!

NATTITUDE: A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLIDAY

Nattitude is a collection of unusual accommodation options, which are ecologically-built and 100% Auvergne in style. It is intended for guests who, as well as a night in a hotel, are looking for a real “Auvergne experience” and an opportunity to discover the very heart of the destination. Nattitude means … a unique location in the heart of natural environments, an atmosphere which is perfect for recharging one’s batteries, an ecological approach to tourist holidays, wellbeing activities taking in the countryside and water, high-tech fittings, creative leisure activities and plenty more.

 
 
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