Auvergne places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Auvergne region. See also our Auvergne guide.

Auvergne sightseeing and tourist information

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Allegre (Haute-Loire)

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 (Puy-de-Dome)

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 (Haute-Loire)

Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined castle and the valley of the Loire c [...]

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Aurillac (Cantal)

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

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Auzon (Haute-Loire)

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

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Billom (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Blesle (Haute-Loire)

There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of Blesle because in medieval times it was [...]

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Brioude (Haute-Loire)

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

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Charroux (Allier)

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 (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dome)

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, in sombre black lava stone, dominates the historic centre of Clermont-F [...]

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Courpiere (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Fontanges (Cantal)

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 (Allier)

The ruined castle and the historic centre along the banks of the Aumance river are the principal attractions in Her [...]

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Issoire (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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La Bourboule (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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La Chaise-Dieu (Haute-Loire)

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

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Lapalisse (Allier)

The renaissance style Chateau de la Palice, its internal decorations and its gardens are the main highlight when yo [...]

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Laroquebrou (Cantal)

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

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Lavaudieu (Haute-Loire)

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as pri [...]

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Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire)

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

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Marcoles (Cantal)

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

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Mauriac (Cantal)

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

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Maurs (Cantal)

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 (Puy-de-Dome)

Mont-Dore is well placed to explore the scenic splendours of the area such as the Vallee de Chaudefour, and is also [...]

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Montlucon (Allier)

Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each contributed monuments and buildings to the cen [...]

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Montpeyroux (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Moulins (Allier)

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

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Mourjou (Cantal)

Mourjou is historically a very important chestnut producing region in France, and it is still this and the surround [...]

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Mozac (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Murol (Puy-de-Dome)

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 (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Orcival (Puy-de-Dome)

Orcival is home to one of the most important roman style churches in Auvergne and has several natural scenic highli [...]

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Parc des Volcans (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Pradelles (Haute-Loire)

Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight in the Haute-Loire dep [...]

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Puy-de-Dome (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Riom (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Riom-es-Montagnes (Cantal)

After exploring the town and church in Riom-es-Montagnes be sure to follow one or two of the trails into the Natura [...]

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Saint-Chamant (Cantal)

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

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Saint-Floret (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Saint-Flour (Cantal)

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 (Puy-de-Dome)

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

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Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule (Allier)

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 (Puy-de-Dome)

With ancient narrow streets, an imposing church and its position on the side of a steep valley Saint-Saturnin is am [...]

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Salers (Cantal)

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

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Sauxillanges (Puy-de-Dome)

The principal monuments in Sauxillanges, the monastery and the castle, are not open to the public but the village i [...]

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Souvigny (Allier)

The Priory Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul with the tombes of the Dukes of Burgundy reminds us how important t [...]

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Thiers (Puy-de-Dome)

Not always considered a tourist destination, Thouars actually has a facscinating historical centre with several int [...]

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Tournemire (Cantal)

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

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Usson (Puy-de-Dome)

One of the least developed of the 'most beautiful villages in France' (a good thing!) the quaint centre of Usson is [...]

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Vichy (Allier)

The spa town of Vichy is best known for its bottled water and as centre for the government of unoccupied Fraance du [...]

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Vieillevie (Cantal)

On the banks of the Lot river the small village of Vieillevie is very pretty and also in a very attractive region o [...]

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Volvic (Puy-de-Dome)

One of the most famous bottled waters in the world is from Volvic, which is also a pleasant town in the 'Volcano' r [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed Auvergne travel guide


Classified tourist sites to visit in Auvergne

Listed below are some of the main places and destinations in Auvergne that have received 'official' tourist classifications.

Grand Sites of France

Puy de Dome: Tourist guide

Puy Mary

Heritage Sites

Clermont-Ferrand église Notre-Dame-du-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay cathédrale Notre-Dame (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay Hotel-Dieu St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Classified 'most beautiful villages'

Arlempdes: Tourist guide

Blesle: Tourist guide

Charroux: Tourist guide

Lavaudieu: Tourist guide

Montpeyroux: Tourist guide

Pradelles: Tourist guide

Saint-Saturnin: Tourist guide

Salers: Tourist guide

Tournemire: Tourist guide

Usson: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Aulteribe Chateau

Chareil-Cintrat Chateau

Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Ambert: Tourist guide

Issoire: Tourist guide

Lapalisse: Tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay: Tourist guide


Riom-es-Montagnes: Tourist guide

Saint-Flour: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Livradois-Forez: Tourist guide

Volcans d'Auvergne: Tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbatial church de Saint Pierre de Mozac (Mozac)

Abbaye Saint Pierre (Blesle)

Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu)

Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude)

Cathédrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Clermont-ferrand)

Collégiale Saint-Victor et Sainte-Couronne d'Ennezat (Ennezat)

Eglise de Notre Dame (Orcival)

Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire)

Eglise de Notre Dame de Mailhat (Lamontgie)

Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire)

Eglise de Saint Georges (Bourbon-l'Archambault)

Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien)

Eglise de Saint Léger (Royat)

Eglise de Saint Martin (Ygrande)

Eglise de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Neuilly-en-Donjon)

Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin)

Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil)

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Arboretum de Balaine

Jardins de Cordès

Jardins du château d'Hauterive

Jardins du château d'Opme

Jardins du château de la Batisse

Parc du château de Blanzat

Parc du domaine royal de Randan

Verger de Déduit

Protected historical town centre

Clermont-Ferrand: Tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay: Tourist guide

Riom: Tourist guide

Thiers: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Banne d'Ordanche

Col des Pradeaux

Foret de Troncais

Lac du Bouchet

Lac du Guery

Lac Pavin

Plomb du Cantal

Puy de Sancy

Puy Griou

Theme Park


Towns of Art and History

Issoire: Tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay: Tourist guide


Montlucon: Tourist guide

Moulins: Tourist guide

Mozac: Tourist guide

Riom: Tourist guide


Ville d'etape




4* Towns in Bloom

Vichy: Tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc d'Attractions et Animalier (PAL)