This somnolent town, 45km east of Le Puy-en-Velay, offers wartime history, countryside ripe for long walks, and restful guesthouses free from traffic noise.

The community in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is famous across France for courageous (and often ingenious) resistance during World War II. Residents managed to save as many as 3000 people from deportation by the Nazis, and their bravery is honoured at the town's focal point, a museum-memorial.