Located in the heart of France, Auvergne is a beautiful region to travel as a couple or as a family. Its beautiful landscapes, headed by the central massif, will not go unnoticed by your retinas or the lens of your camera. We have taken a walk through Auvergne And, of course, we want to tell you. Can you come with us?
Auvergne: four departments and dozens of volcanoes
The division, as we can see today, was carried out in 1790, after several "command steps". From that moment it was decided that Auvergne was integrated by four departments: Puy-de-Dome (where the capital is located, Clermont-Ferrand), Haute-Loire, Cantal and Allier (where the city of Vichy is located, known for its thermal centers).Le-Puy-en-Velay - Leonid Andronov
The region is basically mountainous. Although it is a key point to move to other places in France, such as the Côte d'Azur or the Rhone corridor, communications and transport in the area are not entirely efficient. You can take advantage of the train service from Paris, which takes three hours to reach Clermont.
The imposing landscape of Auvergne is partly due to the ancient volcano eruptions, which currently coexist with the trails, medieval villages and fields with cattle. The symbol of the entire region is the symmetrical volcanic cone of Puy de Dome (measuring 1,464 meters) and is located 15 kilometers from the capital. In addition, you can reach the top!Volcanoes, Auvergne - Pecold
If you love volcanoes, you can't miss the Vulcania theme park, where you will live an amazing experience with his films not 3 but 4D (due to the effects of water splash and air gusts).
The Auvergne region, much to do
In addition to the adventures between volcanoes or mountains, Auvergne has a destination for each style or type of trip. Here the highlights of this beautiful central French zone:
VichyVichy - Stefan Ataman
Elegant, seductive and charming. Vichy is perfect to get to know buildings between springs and rivers, relax in its spas and stroll through the Byzantine monuments.
Of course, you must stop at any of the thermal centers They offer you all kinds of services. The word "well-being" will become one more and will become the definition of your state.
One of the 9 within Auvergne that bear the distinctive "most beautiful village in France". Located in Allier, It is a fortified city in the Middle Ages that still retains its sculpted stone facades, wooden ceilings and wells. Don't miss the museum of popular arts and traditions, the church of Saint-Jean Baptiste, the House of Clocks and the mustard factory.
Livradois Forez Natural ParkAuvergne - David Hughes
It is one of the largest in France and is made up of 180 municipalities (it covers 320,000 hectares). In its territory we can find water courses that descend from great heights, lands dedicated to agriculture, forests and the capital of the cutlery (Thiers). Do not miss the route of the trades to enjoy museums, castles and monuments very well preserved.
We can think that because it is the capital (and where most of the population lives) it will be a busy and noisy city ... Quite the opposite! This beautiful city surprises with its panoramic views, its museums and, above all, for tranquility.Clermont-Ferrand - Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH
It is located practically at the foot of the Puy de Dome and Chaine des Puys volcanoes and it is famous for its 2,000 m² space dedicated to Michelin and the tire industry. You can't miss the Marcel Michelín stadium, founded in 1911.
"Our destiny is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
But in Auvergne there are still dozens of things and places to see: the cities of Aurillac, Brioude, Issoire, Moulins, Montlucon, Le-Puy-en-Velay, Riom and Saint Flour. Also the villages of Montpeyroux, Usson, Salers, Tournemire, Ariempdes, Biesle, Lavaudieu and Pradelles. And don't miss Lake Guéry or the ski slope of Le Mont-Dore, among many other attractions.