Brioude tourism and travel guide

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Visit Brioude: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the largest romanesque church in the Auvergne

Brioude is situated in the Haute-Loire department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Brioude. For detailed visitor information see the Brioude travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Brioude in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Auzon at 11 km and Blesle at 17 km.

Brioude, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



Most Beautiful Village at 6 km (direction east-south-east)

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman...

See Lavaudieu guide


at 11 km (direction east-south-east)

The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the river, passing an...

See Auzon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 17 km (direction west)

There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of...

See Blesle guide
La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 25 km (direction east)

The church, cloisters and Danse Macabre fresco in the abbey are the major attraction...

See La Chaise-Dieu guide


Most Beautiful Village at 26 km (direction east), in the Puy-de-Dome department

One of the least developed of the 'most beautiful villages in France' (a good...

See Usson guide


at 28 km (direction east-south-east)

Be sure to climb to the castle above Allegre to see the views after...

See Allegre guide


at 29 km (direction east-south-east), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The principal monuments in Sauxillanges, the monastery and the castle, are not open to...

See Sauxillanges guide


at 30 km (direction north-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Issoire guide


Most Beautiful Village at 36 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The tiny village of Saint-Floret with its ruined castle and frescoes is now listed...

See Saint-Floret guide


at 37 km (direction south-west), in the Cantal department

Although built in rather sombre granite, we found lots of interesting sights in the...

See Saint-Flour guide


Most Beautiful Village at 39 km (direction north-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

Montpeyroux is a small village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France' and...

See Montpeyroux guide


at 40 km (direction north-east), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of Livradois-Forez has a...

See Ambert guide


at 44 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Saint-Nectaire guide
Parc des Volcans

Parc des Volcans

Scenery at 46 km (direction west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Parc des Volcans guide

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Markets in and near Brioude

Market days in Brioude: weekly market: Saturday;

  • Brioude: market Saturday (0km)
  • Champagnac-le-Vieux: market Friday (12km)
  • Sainte-Florine: market Sunday (14km)
  • Brassac-les-Mines: market Sunday (14km)
  • Paulhaguet: market Monday (14km)
  • Massiac: market Tuesday (15km)
  • Langeac: market Tuesday & Thursday & (23km)
  • La Chaise-Dieu: market Thursday & Sunday (25km)
  • Allegre: market Wednesday (28km)
  • Arlanc: market Monday (30km)

More information about Brioude, Auvergne

Tourist attractions near Brioude, France

What to do at Brioude? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Brioude.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau (26km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude) (0km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu) (3km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre (Blesle) (17km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Mailhat (Lamontgie) (18km)
  • Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (37km)
  • Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin) (47km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château d'Hauterive (30km)
  • Jardin de l’écomusée (45km)
  • Jardins du château de la Batisse (50km)
  • Jardins de Cordès (61km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Signal du Luguet (31km)
  • Bois Noirs (33km)
  • Mont Mouchet (35km)
  • Col des Pradeaux (44km)
  • Lac Pavin (45km)
  • Puy de Sancy (52km)
  • Lac du Bouchet (53km)
  • Cascade de la Beaume (56km)
  • Lac du Guery (57km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Massiac (15km)

Geography and distances

Brioude is in the southern-centre of France at 48 kilometres from Le Puy-en-Velay, the department capital (general information: Brioude is 404 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Brioude

Canton: Brioude

Arrondissement: Brioude

Department: Haute-Loire

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 43100

Distance to Brioude

from Le Puy-en-Velay (prefecture): 48 km

from Paris: 404 km

from Calais: 639 km

from Nice: 355 km

from Bordeaux: 315 km

from Strasbourg: 493 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Brioude from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 11 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Agnat, Beaumont, Bournoncle-Saint-Pierre, Cohade, Fontannes, Lamothe, Lavaudieu, Paulhac, Saint-Just-Pres-Brioude, Saint-Laurent-Chabreuges and Vieille-Brioude.

This page in French: Visiter Brioude