Auvergne places to visit and attractions

Allegre

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Be sure to climb to the castle above Allegre to see the views after taking a stroll around the village

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Ambert

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The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of Livradois-Forez has a small medieval centre to explore

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Arlempdes

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Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined castle and the valley of the Loire combine to make it very picturesque

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Aurillac

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Close to the scenic Route des Cretes', Aurillac lacks major monuments but is a very pleasant town to explore

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Auzon

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The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the river, passing an imposing church and medieval houses

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Billom

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It is the half-timbered houses and medieval gateways that provide the charm in the centre of Billom

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Blesle

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There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of Blesle because in medieval times it was an important town for the local Barons

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Brioude

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Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the largest romanesque church in the Auvergne

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Charroux

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Charroux is a very quiet Auvergne village, unusual in the 'village centre' being a hard to find area of grass!

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Chateldon

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The ancient city of Chateldon still retains an important part of its medieval castle and fortifications

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Clermont-Ferrand

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The Cath├ędrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, in sombre black lava stone, dominates the historic centre of Clermont-Ferrand

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Courpiere

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Once home to Coco Chanel, Courpiere is a village in the Livradois-Forez natural park

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Fontanges

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Fontanges is a small village in the Monts du Cantal region at the foot of the largest volcano in Europe

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Herisson

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The ruined castle and the historic centre along the banks of the Aumance river are the principal attractions in Herisson

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Issoire

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Best known for its romanesque church, Issoire is a very pleasant and unspoiled town to explore

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La Bourboule

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La Bourboule is one of the most impressive of the belle-epoque spa towns in France

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La Chaise-Dieu

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The church, cloisters and Danse Macabre fresco in the abbey are the major attraction in La Chaise-Dieu

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Lapalisse

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The renaissance style Chateau de la Palice, its internal decorations and its gardens are the main highlight when you visit Lapalisse

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Laroquebrou

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In Laroquebrou you can see the Cere river below the village and a ruined castle above...

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Lavaudieu

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Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as principal attraction

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Le Puy-en-Velay

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The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an important pilgrimage town, as seen in its many religious monuments and statues.

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Marcoles

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The fortified village of Marcoles dates from the 10th century and is one of our favourite Cantal villages

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Mauriac

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The religious monuments such as the basilica and the monastery are the highlights in the small town of Mauriac

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Maurs

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In Maurs you can see the Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire and half-timbered houses in the medieval town centre

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Mont-Dore

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Mont-Dore is well placed to explore the scenic splendours of the area such as the Vallee de Chaudefour, and is also a small ski resort

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Montlucon

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Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each contributed monuments and buildings to the centre of Montlucon

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Montpeyroux

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Montpeyroux is a small village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France' and very pleasant to explore

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Moulins

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In the historic centre of Moulins it is the cathedral that is the most imposing monument

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Mourjou

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Mourjou is historically a very important chestnut producing region in France, and it is still this and the surrounding chestnut forests that are of interest to visitors

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Mozac

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The interesting Abbey of Saint-Pierre in Mozac combines early roman elements and later gothic elements

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Murol

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The highlight of a visit to Murol is the Chateau de Murol that stands high on a rocky mass above the village

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Olliergues

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Olliergues is a small village with an unspoiled historic centre in the Livradois-Forez naturel parc

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Orcival

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Orcival is home to one of the most important roman style churches in Auvergne and has several natural scenic highlights nearby

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Parc des Volcans

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The Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes is a beautiful region of forested volcanic domes

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Pradelles

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Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight in the Haute-Loire department

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Puy de Dome

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Puy-de-Dome is the most famous, and most accessible of the Auvergne volcanoes and has lovely views across the rest of the chain of volcanoes

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Riom

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The quiet regional town of Riom has several monuments of historical importance to see as you explore

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Riom-es-Montagnes

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After exploring the town and church in Riom-es-Montagnes be sure to follow one or two of the trails into the Natural Regional Park of the Vocanoes

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Saint-Chamant

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Saint-Chamant is a small Auvergne village with a castle in the Monts du Cantal region

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Saint-Floret

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The tiny village of Saint-Floret with its ruined castle and frescoes is now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

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Saint-Flour

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Although built in rather sombre granite, we found lots of interesting sights in the quiet town of Saint-Flour

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Saint-Nectaire

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It is the impressive roman architecture of the Church of St-Nectaire-le-Haut that attracts visitors to Saint-Nectaire

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Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule

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The quiet town of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule lacks major monuments but merits a stroll when you are in the region

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Saint-Saturnin

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With ancient narrow streets, an imposing church and its position on the side of a steep valley Saint-Saturnin is among our favourite Auvergne villages

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Salers

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Salers, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is very lovely - and also very popular (crowded!) with visitors

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Sauxillanges

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The principal monuments in Sauxillanges, the monastery and the castle, are not open to the public but the village is still pleasant for a look when you are in the region

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Souvigny

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The Priory Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul with the tombes of the Dukes of Burgundy reminds us how important the quiet town of Souvigny was 500 years ago

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Thiers

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Not always considered a tourist destination, Thouars actually has a facscinating historical centre with several interesting highlights

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Tournemire

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The very picturesque village of Tournemire is overlooked by the Chateau de Anjony

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Usson

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One of the least developed of the 'most beautiful villages in France' (a good thing!) the quaint centre of Usson is overlooked by a large statue of the Virgin Mary

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Vichy

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The spa town of Vichy is best known for its bottled water and as centre for the government of unoccupied Fraance during the Second World War

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Vieillevie

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On the banks of the Lot river the small village of Vieillevie is very pretty and also in a very attractive region of France

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Volvic

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One of the most famous bottled waters in the world is from Volvic, which is also a pleasant town in the 'Volcano' region of the Auvergne

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For more information see the Auvergne guide