Top things to do

Top Choice Lake in Besse-et-St-Anastaise

Lac Pavin

This midnight-blue crater lake, enclosed by a fuzz of pine trees, lies 6km southwest of Besse. Blasted out of the earth by a volcanic explosion nearly seven millennia ago, today it attracts trout fishers and walkers…
Pizza in Besse-et-St-Anastaise

Mato-Coulis

Besse's best pizzeria layers regional flavours onto authentic bases and bakes them in a wood-fired oven; try the 'Bessarde' with Bleu d'Auvergne cheese or the 'Bougnat' with local ham. Those not in the mood for a pi…
Historic Building in Besse-et-St-Anastaise

Le Beffroy

One monumental gateway remains of Besse's medieval fortifications, crowned by the octagonal 16th-century Beffroy, the town's most distinctive feature. Lift your gaze to the top and you'll see an old wolf's-head weat…
Museum in Besse-et-St-Anastaise

Musée du Ski

An essential stop for diehard snow-heads, this pocket-sized museum exhibits a collection of vintage ski gear, ice skates, snow shoes and wintry miscellany across three centuries. The museum attendant (he lives upsta…
Cultural in Besse-et-St-Anastaise

Transhumance de la Vierge Noire

Every year on 2 July, a Vierge noire (black Madonna) icon is carried amid great fanfare from Besse-et-St-Anastaise up to the little village of Vassivière, 7km southeast. Special masses and religious celebrations unf…