Visit Riom-es-Montagnes (Auvergne, France)
The traditional unspoiled Auvergne town of Riom-es-Montagnes is situated towards the north of the Cantal department (Auvergne region), in the Natural Regional Park of the Vocanoes.
A little off the tourist circuit it is pleasant to stroll around the streets of the town which is officially classified as a 'plus beaux detour' town in France.
The focus of your visit will be the Church of Saint-Georges in the centre of the town and a good example of the churches of the region. While most of the interior of the church is the original 11th century roman style, the outside is rather newer - the belltower was added in the 15th century and most of the outside was substantially renovated and modified in the 19th century. The small chevet is part of the original structure.
Inside the stone church is more interesting, with attractive stonework and arches and medieval 'capitals', the carved stones at the top of the supporting columns.
After strolling around the rest of the town there are a couple of popular short trails that start from Riom-es-Montagnes and give a gentle introduction to the local countryside: both pass through woodlands and around the edges of small local lakes, the Etang de Majonenc and the Etang de Roussillou.
Other attractions nearby include the scenic train route that runs from Lugarde to Bort-les-Orgues, giving a different perspective on the attractive scenery around Riom-es-Montagnes; and a visit to the medieval Château d'Auzers.
Note: there also a town called Riom in the Puy-de-Dome department of the Auvergne - it is not the same town!
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Tourist classifications for Riom-es-Montagnes
Riom-es-Montagnes is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: Riom-ès-Montagnes, Mauriac, Cantal, Auvergne, 15400 || GPS: latitude 45.2831, longitude 2.6606
Map of Riom-es-Montagnes & places nearby
Highlights close by
Parc des Volcans 16km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Riom-es-Montagnes, France
- Volcans d'Auvergne - regional natural parc (16km)
- Verger de Déduit - remarkable garden (19km)
- Puy Mary - grand site of france (19km)
- Salers - most beautiful village (21km)
- Puy Griou - site of natural beauty (23km)
- Salins - town of art and history (23km)
- Plomb du Cantal - site of natural beauty (26km)
- Tournemire - most beautiful village (29km)
- Lac Pavin - site of natural beauty (30km)
- Puy de Sancy - site of natural beauty (30km)
The French version of this page is at Riom-es-Montagnes (Francais)