A volcanic destination whatever the season
As you approach the first volcanic slopes, you’ll be astounded at first by the luxurious and wild nature surrounding you. You’re here in the Auvergne, between the Cantal and the Puy-de-Dôme. From the legendary Chaîne des Puys made up of dormant volcanoes to the famous Limagne fault, the Auvergne is a unique region of France, and its landscapes are a testimony to this.
To understand this, head to the summit of the Puy du Sancy, the majestic volcano that stands way above the surrounding area at 1886 metres. Take the cable car up the mountain to skip some of the demanding topography, and teleport yourself to a world of mouflons and infinite spaces. Enjoy your time in the mountains by visiting the small medieval village of Besse, well loved by the Medicis for its lava-stone houses and red shutters.
The Auvergne is a historic destination for its towns and cities too, with Clermont-Ferrand being a top favourite. From the Place de la Victoire to the steps of the cathedral and the Parc Bargoin, the birthplace of Michelin will astound you by what there is to see and do. Meanwhile, the town of Thiers is a quainter, more intimate place. In this medieval town and world capital of knives, you’ll be at the heart of the Limagne, where time seems to stand still.