Puy-de-Dome places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Puy-de-Dome department of Auvergne. See also our Puy-de-Dome travel guide.

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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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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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 Cathédrale 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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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-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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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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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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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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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 Puy-de-Dome guide

Market towns & days in Puy-de-Dome

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Ambert: Thursday
Arlanc: Monday
Aubiere: Sunday
Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise: Monday
Billom: Monday
Brassac-les-Mines: Sunday
Cebazat: Thursday & Sunday
Chamalieres: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Champeix: Friday
Clermont-Ferrand: Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday
Cournon-d'Auvergne: Thursday & Saturday & Friday
Courpiere: Tuesday
Gerzat: Sunday
Issoire: Saturday
La Bourboule: Saturday
Lempdes: Tuesday
Lezoux: Saturday
Maringues: Monday
Mont-Dore: Friday all day
Murol: Wednesday
Pionsat: Friday
Pont-du-Chateau: Thursday
Puy-Guillaume: Wednesday
Riom: Wednesday & Saturday
Saint-Eloy-les-Mines: Saturday
Saint-Nectaire: Sunday (high seasin only)
Saint-Remy-sur-Durolle: Sunday
Thiers: Thursday & Saturday
Vic-le-Comte: Thursday

Selected tourist attractions in the Puy-de-Dome department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Towns of Art and History

Issoire: Tourist guide

Marsat

Mozac: Tourist guide

Riom: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Banne d'Ordanche

Col des Pradeaux

Lac du Guery

Lac Pavin

Puy de Sancy

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Clermont-Ferrand: Tourist guide

Riom: Tourist guide

Thiers: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

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

Religious Monuments

Abbatial church de Saint Pierre de Mozac (Mozac)

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 Léger (Royat)

Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin)

Regional Natural Parcs

Volcans d'Auvergne: Tourist guide

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Ambert: Tourist guide

Issoire: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Aulteribe Chateau

Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Montpeyroux: Tourist guide

Saint-Saturnin: Tourist guide

Usson: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

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

Grand Sites of France

Puy de Dome: Tourist guide