Espace d'Information

Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne

Learn about Volvic's world-famous mineral water at the company's Espace d'Information, a 10-minute walk west of Volvic's tourist office. Free hour-long factory tours (in French) of its nearby bottling facility are available between mid-April and early September. Book ahead for tours in English.

English-language tours take place once daily from Monday to Friday in July and August, or once a week (Tuesdays) at other times – booking a week in advance is essential.

Outside, walking trails (from 45 minutes to two hours) fan into the lush surrounds, linking with the GR441.

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