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Espalem tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Blesle at 5 km from Espalem

Visit Espalem: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Blesle at 5 km and Brioude at 12 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Espalem, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Espalem in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 5 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Blesle guide


at 12 km (direction east)

Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the...

See Brioude guide


at 14 km (direction east-north-east)

The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the...

See Auzon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 18 km (direction east)

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

See Lavaudieu guide


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

One of the least developed of the 'most beautiful villages in...

See Usson guide


at 27 km (direction north-north-east), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Issoire guide


Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction north-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Saint-Floret guide


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

The principal monuments in Sauxillanges, the monastery and the...

See Sauxillanges guide


at 32 km (direction south-south-west), in the Cantal department

Although built in rather sombre granite, we found lots...

See Saint-Flour guide
Parc des Volcans

Parc des Volcans

Scenery at 34 km (direction west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes is a...

See Parc des Volcans guide


Most Beautiful Village at 35 km (direction west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

Montpeyroux is a small village now listed among the...

See Montpeyroux guide


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

It is the impressive roman architecture of the Church...

See Saint-Nectaire guide
La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 36 km (direction east)

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

See La Chaise-Dieu guide


Castle at 38 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

The highlight of a visit to Murol is the Chateau...

See Murol guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Haute-Loire

Map of places to visit near Espalem


Markets in and near Espalem

  • Massiac: market Tuesday (7km)
  • Brioude: market Saturday (12km)
  • Sainte-Florine: market Sunday (13km)
  • Brassac-les-Mines: market Sunday (14km)
  • Champagnac-le-Vieux: market Friday (22km)
  • Paulhaguet: market Monday (25km)
  • Issoire: market Saturday (26km)
  • Langeac: market Tuesday & Thursday & (31km)
  • Marcenat: market Friday - seasonal market only (32km)
  • Champeix: market Friday (32km)

More information about Espalem, Auvergne

Tourist attractions near Espalem, France

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

Grand sites of France

  • Puy Mary (49km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau (19km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Saint Pierre (Blesle) (5km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu) (11km)
  • Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude) (12km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Mailhat (Lamontgie) (18km)
  • Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire) (26km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire) (39km)
  • Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin) (41km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Orcival) (54km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château d'Hauterive (27km)
  • Jardins du château de la Batisse (45km)
  • Jardins de Cordès (52km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Signal du Luguet (20km)
  • Lac Pavin (34km)
  • Mont Mouchet (38km)
  • Bois Noirs (40km)
  • Puy de Sancy (41km)
  • Plomb du Cantal (46km)
  • Lac du Guery (47km)
  • Puy Griou (48km)
  • Banne d'Ordanche (49km)
  • Cascade de Liadouze (51km)
  • Lac du Bouchet (62km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Massiac (7km)

Geography and distances

Espalem is in the southern-centre of France at 59 kilometres from Le Puy-en-Velay, the department capital (general information: Espalem is 400 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Espalem

Canton: Blesle

Arrondissement: Brioude

Department: Haute-Loire

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 43450

Distance to Espalem

from Le Puy-en-Velay (prefecture): 59 km

from Paris: 400 km

from Calais: 636 km

from Nice: 366 km

from Bordeaux: 304 km

from Strasbourg: 500 km

Getting here

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

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Blesle, Grenier-Montgon, Lorlanges, Lubilhac, Saint-Beauzire, Saint-Geron and Torsiac.

This page in French: Visiter Espalem

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