Visit Tournemire (Auvergne, France)
Tournemire village is situated 15km north of Aurillac, in the Massif Central (Auvergne region) of central France. The village is classed among the 'most beautiful villages of France'. The village sits on a tree covered hill overlooking the valley of the River Doire and falls in the Cantal mountains at the southern edge of the Natural Park of the Auvergne volcanoes.
The history of the village is tied up with two families - the Tournemire and the Anjony, and their battles to control the village.
Parking is available on the edge of the village - the village itself is not accessible to vehicles (residents only can enter by car) - with a small tourist office next to the car park.
The village is small, yet perfectly formed, with many attractive small houses and easy to visit - the road follows a loop around the village, with a path leading off to the castle at the top.
Some of the houses are said to have been built on earlier Roman foundations, and almost all are built from the local volcanic rock with slate roofs.
The large-turretted Chateau de Anjony that dominates the village of Tournemire is a sturdy castle with fortified walls and round towers in each corner and dates from the 15th century, with the adjacent living accommodation added in the 18th century - the castle is open to visitors.
You will also see the 12th century roman style church in the village centre above the castle. Be sure to go into the church to see the colourful wall paintings and a thorn from the crown of thorns brought here after one of the Crusades. In the square in front of the church there is a path that leads up to some small natural caves in the cliff.
You can also visit a small exhibition of 'automata' - toys and games from the pre-electronic era!
Around the castle and church at the top of Tournemire there are also several lovely viewpoints across the valleys below, while further up the hill above the top of the village there is a calvary, with a statue of the crucifixion, views across the village itself and a nice place for a picnic.
There is a great deal of attractive scenery around Tournemire - try and visit the Gorges de la Maronne - and several of the other nearby villages are also worth a visit.
The village of Salers, also in the Cantal region to the north, is another very good example of the traditional local architecture.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Tournemire
Tournemire is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Tournemire, Saint-Cernin, Aurillac, Cantal, Auvergne, 15310 || GPS: latitude 45.0531, longitude 2.48453
Map of Tournemire & places nearby
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Tournemire, France
- Salers - most beautiful village (9km)
- Puy Mary - grand site of france (16km)
- Salins - town of art and history (17km)
- Verger de Déduit - remarkable garden (17km)
- Puy Griou - site of natural beauty (18km)
- Plomb du Cantal - site of natural beauty (22km)
- Riom-es-Montagnes - recommended detour (29km)
- Parc-arboretum de Neuvic d'Ussel - remarkable garden (40km)
- Volcans d'Auvergne - regional natural parc (44km)
The French version of this page is at Tournemire (Francais)