Visit Pradelles (Auvergne, France)
At the southern edge of the Haute-Loire department, near Lozere and the Ardeche, Pradelles is situated on the edge of the volcanic chain of Deves.
Pradelles is a small, very old, historic and picturesque town perched high above the Allier Valley and there are several places in the village with impressive viewpoints across the surrounding countryside.
The church at Pradelles - the Church of Notre-Dame - was long the home to a cult that developed around a statue found buried nearby. By the early 17th century the location had become a well known pilgrimage town, with various miracles attributed to Notre-Dame. The story continued until 1793 when revolutionaries threw the statue in a fire - although it was retrieved it needed extensive renovation.
The best day to visit the town is the 15 August when the statue is carried in procession around Pradelles.
The town has a few other highlights such as the Chapel des Penitents, a watchtower (the Tour de Rochely) and two of the original 13th century gateways into the historic centre (the Porte de la Verdette and the Porte du Besset). There are some attractive medieval buildings around the Place de la Halle (the market hall itself after which the square is named is no longer here).
These monuments along with the far-reaching views make Pradelles a very pleasant town well-deserving of a visit.
The town has a live museum of working horses (Musée du Cheval Trait) and a VeloRail that provides a fascinating glimpse of bygone France as you gently pedal along the side of the valley on route of an old railway track, with views of the Plan de Naussac, a large man-made lake with water sports and camping facilities, past St Etienne du Vigan to Landos.
Pradelles is also well placed for exploring the Gorges de l'Allier, the path carved by the upper reaches of the Allier river, and for pursuing the numerous outdoor activities that are popular in the region eg hiking, cycling and canoeing.
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Tourist classifications for Pradelles
Pradelles is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Pradelles, Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, 43420 || GPS: latitude 44.77, longitude 3.883
Map of Pradelles & places nearby
Highlights close by
La Garde-Guerin 28km
Le Puy-en-Velay 30km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Pradelles, France
- Arlempdes - most beautiful village (11km)
- Lac du Bouchet - site of natural beauty (17km)
- La Garde-Guerin - most beautiful village (28km)
- Cascade du Ray-Pic - site of natural beauty (29km)
- Le Puy-en-Velay - recommended detour (30km)
- Le Puy-en-Velay cathédrale Notre-Dame (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (31km)
- Le Puy-en-Velay Hotel-Dieu St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (31km)
- Réserve de bisons d'Europe de Sainte-Eulalie - zoo or wildlife park (32km)
- Monts d'Ardeche - regional natural parc (33km)
- Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil) - religious monument (33km)
Market days in Pradelles: Regular market(s) are held in Pradelles each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Pradelles (Francais)