Attractions

Top Choice Volcano in Puy de Dôme

Volcan de Lemptégy

Feel the Auvergne's smouldering terrain beneath your feet at this mined volcanic site, across the main road from amusement park Vulcania. In summer, at weekends and during school holidays, a motorised 'train' chugs …
Top Choice Chateau in Murol

Château de Murol

Roosting on a basalt knoll above Murol village, the 12th-century Château de Murol offers peerless views along with insights into a brutish medieval past. Pacing uphill to the castle, you'll pass a 13th-century 'crow…
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…
Top Choice Showroom in St-Nectaire

Fontaines Pétrifiantes

The Papon family put St-Nectaire's hot springs to creative use at the 'Petrifying Fountains', channelling the mineral-rich waters to make art. Calcium-heavy water lashing against an object gradually causes a mineral…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Col de Guéry

Roches Tuilière et Sanadoire

One kilometre north of the turn-off to Lac de Guéry is a lookout that gazes towards two of the Sancy region's most noteworthy geological features. The formidable Roche Tuillière (1288m) and Roche Sanadoire (1286m) a…
Church in Orcival

Basilique Notre-Dame

The Romanesque basilica towering over Orcival is one of the most impressive churches in the Auvergne. With its octagonal tower and broad stone arches, 12th-century Notre-Dame is as imposing as a castle. It was built…
Chateau in Volvic

Château de Tournoël

This medieval fortress glowers over Volvic from its 600m-high hilltop perch. A watchtower is thought to have stood here since the 10th century, but the square castle keep and round tower date to the 1200s and 1300s.…
Amusement Park in Puy de Dôme

Vulcania

The Auvergne's long-extinct volcanoes are brought back to life in spectacular style at Vulcania theme park, 15km west of Clermont on the D941. Combining an educational museum with thrills and spills, highlights incl…
Historic Building in Le Mont-Dore

Thermes du Mont-Dore

Le Mont-Dore's graceful 19th-century buildings grew from its centuries-old spa heritage, which long predates its reputation as a ski hub. See the source of its hot springs on a 45-minute guided tour of the grand bat…
Farm in St-Nectaire

La Ferme Bellonte

To buy cheese from the source (and get a little muddy), take the winding road 3km uphill from St-Nectaire to this multi-generational family dairy farm. Kids will love watching the milking of the cows (early morning …