Welcome to La Montagne Protestante
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, 45km east of Le Puy-en-Velay, is renowned for highly organised resistance during World War II. Residents used the lonely, sparse character of the plateau to their advantage in a village-wide effort to hide Jews, saving thousands from Nazi death camps.
Seven kilometres north is Tence, a stop along the Way of St James pilgrimage route. Fourteen kilometres further east lies St-Bonnet-le-Froid, marked firmly on the maps of French foodies, thanks to Michelin-starred celebrity chef Régis Marcon. A road-trip is a pleasant way to sample each village's distinct character.