Le Puy-en-Velay attractions

Top Choice Church in Le Puy-en-Velay

Chapelle St-Michel d'Aiguilhe

Le Puy's oldest chapel, first established in the 10th century, and rebuilt several times since, teeters atop an 85m-high volcanic plug, reached by climbing 268 craggy stairs. Stepping through its polychrome doorway …
Cathedral in Le Puy-en-Velay

Cathédrale Notre Dame

A chequerboard of grey and white stone perched on a volcanic stone crag, Le Puy's cathedral is the monumental starting point for pilgrims embarking on the French Way of St James route. An exquisite blend of architec…
Monument in Le Puy-en-Velay

Notre Dame de France

At 16m tall and weighing a svelte 110 tonnes, this crimson Notre Dame de France (Virgin Mary) statue makes an imposing guardian over Le Puy. Since 1860, she has been watching over the city from the Rocher Corneille,…
Historic Site in Le Puy-en-Velay

Cathédrale Notre Dame Cloister

A peaceful 12th-century cloister adjoins Le Puy's cathedral, its multicoloured bricks and columns alluding to strong Moorish influences. Upstairs is a fine collection of embroidered religious artwork and vestments, …
Museum in Le Puy-en-Velay

Musée Hôtel-Dieu

Within this museum and cultural centre, the highlight is a 19th-century pharmacy, elegantly panelled in walnut and wild cherry wood. Upstairs, French-language interactive exhibits focus on the architecture, history …
Castle in Le Puy-en-Velay

Forteresse de Polignac

Sprouting from the sharp crags of a volcanic dome northwest of Le Puy, this late-11th-century castle was built by the powerful Polignac family, who once controlled access to the city from the north, and to whom the …
Museum in Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Camino

Interesting for armchair travellers, as well as committed walkers about to undertake the multiweek journey to Santiago de Compostela, this museum in the restored 16th-century Hôtel St-Vidal traces the 1700km Chemin …
Distillery in Le Puy-en-Velay

La Distillerie de la Verveine du Velay

See how Le Puy's green fairy gets her magic on a 45-minute guided tour of the verveine liqueur distillery in St-Germain Laprade. From Le Puy, drive east on the N88 for 7km before taking the Blavozy exit.
Museum in Le Puy-en-Velay

Centre d'Enseignement de la Dentelle au Fuseau

Le Puy is famed for the intricacy and beauty of its lace, and this workshop-museum – led by formidable lace expert Mick Fouriscot – showcases remarkable examples of the delicate craft, plus old photographs of the re…
Gate in Le Puy-en-Velay

Rocher Corneille Entrance

Entrance to the reach the mighty Notre Dame de France statue atop Rocher Corneille.