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Cantal places to visit and attractions
Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Cantal department of Auvergne. See also our Cantal travel guide.
Close to the scenic Route des Cretes', Aurillac lacks major monuments but is a very pleasant town to explore
Fontanges is a small village in the Monts du Cantal region at the foot of the largest volcano in Europe
In Laroquebrou you can see the Cere river below the village and a ruined castle above...
The fortified village of Marcoles dates from the 10th century and is one of our favourite Cantal villages
The religious monuments such as the basilica and the monastery are the highlights in the small town of Mauriac
In Maurs you can see the Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire and half-timbered houses in the medieval town centre
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
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
Saint-Chamant is a small Auvergne village with a castle in the Monts du Cantal region
Although built in rather sombre granite, we found lots of interesting sights in the quiet town of Saint-Flour
Salers, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is very lovely - and also very popular (crowded!) with visitors
The very picturesque village of Tournemire is overlooked by the Chateau de Anjony
On the banks of the Lot river the small village of Vieillevie is very pretty and also in a very attractive region of France
For more information see the Cantal guide
Market towns & days in Cantal
all markets in morning unless otherwise stated
Aurillac: Wednesday & Saturday
Chaudes-Aigues: Thursday & Monday
Laroquebrou: Friday (high seasin only)
Marcenat: Friday (high seasin only)
Mauriac: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Selected tourist attractions in the Cantal department
The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...
Towns of Art and History
Sites of Natural Beauty
Plomb du Cantal
Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'
Verger de Déduit
towns classified as Recommended Detours
Riom-es-Montagnes: Tourist guide
Saint-Flour: Tourist guide
Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"
Salers: Tourist guide
Tournemire: Tourist guide
Grand Sites of France