Aurillac, Auvergne: tourism & sightseeing
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Aurillac is located in the Cantal region, in south-west Auvergne and 40 kilometres south of Salers.
While Aurillac doesn't have any particular magnificent sites or historical monuments, but that should not put you off from visiting - it has several churches and buildings of interest, and a river runs through it...it is a pleasant place to pass some time and soak up the atmosphere
A significant part of the centre of the town is pedestrianised or restricted access to cars so park just outside the centre.
Aurillac is an important regional centre and a bustling town with numerous shops and boutiques to explore. The buildings are tall, imposing and in the local grey stone and can be rather sombre when the sun isn't shining: we suggest you wait for a sunny day to see the town at its best!
There is a nice old town to visit, with narrow streets and a couple of shady squares, and plenty of posh shops to wear you out and cafes to refresh you in the small open squares that are dotted across the town. Don't forget to keep looking up because there are many interesting features on the buildings, and also some medieval half-timbered houses to discover.
There are two churches of interest in Aurillac: the Church of Saint-Géraud, originally an abbey church which dates from the 15th century and contains some impressive frescoes of sea creatures, and the Church of Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges, also originally built in the 15th century and once part of the Convent of the Cordeliers.
The Maison Consulaire is another imposing building with lovely carved stone work above the door and a small tower.
(Aurillac curiously reminded me of the Old Town in Edinburgh (Scotland), because even when in the centre of the town you might glance up a side street and the hills of the surrounding countryside are visible along the road.)
The Chateau Saint-Etienne overlooking the town, part of which was built in the 9th century, also contains the Museum of the Volcanoes.
To visit near Aurillac
Follow the 'Route des Cretes' from Aurillac, passing between the valleys of the Jordanne River and the Authre River, for some stunning views across the mountains of Cantal, then visit the pretty villages of Albinhac and Brommat.
The Gorges of the Jordanne can be followed on foot (open June to September, small charge payable), along a path that follows the river and crosses it on two bridges. This adventure activity is a great way to enjoy the natural environment here: see www.gorgesdelajordanne.fr for details.
The road to Saint-Flour also passes through very attractive scenery and is a recommended detour.
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Address: Aurillac, Cantal, Auvergne, 15000, France || GPS: latitude 44.926, longitude 2.4405
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Tournemire: most beautiful village (15km)
- Salers: most beautiful village (24km)
- Cascade de Liadouze: site of natural beauty (25km)
- Puy Griou: site of natural beauty (27km)
- Puy Mary: grand site of france (28km)
- Plomb du Cantal: site of natural beauty (29km)
- Salins: town of art and history (30km)
Market days in Aurillac, France
Regular market(s) are held in Aurillac each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Aurillac (Francais)