Visit Mont-Dore (Auvergne, France)
Mont-Doré is a town situated south-west of Clermont-Ferrand in the heart of the Regional park of the Auvergne Volcanoes, in the Massif Central. The region is known as Sancy, after the Puy de Sancy, at 1886 metres the highest point in the Massif Central, that stands at the end of the valley behind the town.
The town of Mont-Doré
Although it has no major historical monuments the centre of the town is a pleasant place to stroll around in the summer, more 19th century than 20th century in style with old buildings lining the large central open square, which contains rows of plane trees and has various cafes lining the edges.
Mont-Doré is best known as a winter ski resort, and it forms part of the Mont-Doré - Super Besse ski region. It is also very well known as a spa town, with the main baths in the town dating from the end of the 19th century.
Note: that babbling brook that passes through the town is the Dordogne river, close to its source.
Outdoor activities and skiing
Even outside the winter ski season Mont-Dore is quite busy because it is well known as an outdoor centre, with numerous walked trails heading off into the surrounding hills. It is also at the end of the very scenic Vallee de Chaudefour, which passes through the hills behind the town. The opportunities for hiking here are virtually limitless and vary from short trails in the valleys to more challenging walks across Puy-de-Sancy and the other mountains.
The ski resort here, also called mont-Doré, is found on the north side of the Puy de Sancy, and is also connected to the resort of Super Besse on the south of the same mountain. The ski resort is at an altitude of 1200 metres and has 30 pistes covering all levels of difficulty and more than 40 kilometres.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Mont-Dore, Rochefort-Montagne, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne, 63240 || GPS: latitude 45.5772, longitude 2.80972
Map of Mont-Dore & places nearby
Highlights close by
La Bourboule 6km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Mont-Dore, France
- Lac du Guery - site of natural beauty (4km)
- Banne d'Ordanche - site of natural beauty (5km)
- Puy de Sancy - site of natural beauty (5km)
- Lac Pavin - site of natural beauty (11km)
- Jardins de Cordès - remarkable garden (12km)
- Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire) - religious monument (13km)
- Eglise de Notre Dame (Orcival) - religious monument (14km)
- Volcans d'Auvergne - regional natural parc (22km)
- Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin) - religious monument (23km)
- Saint-Saturnin - most beautiful village (24km)
Market days in Mont-Dore: Regular market(s) are held in Mont-Dore each Friday all day. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Mont-Dore (Francais)