Lavaudieu tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as principal attraction

Lavaudieu 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 Lavaudieu. For detailed visitor information see the Lavaudieu travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Lavaudieu include "most beautiful village".

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Auzon at 16 km and La Chaise-Dieu at 20 km.

Lavaudieu, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 6 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Brioude guide


at 16 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Auzon guide
La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 20 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See La Chaise-Dieu guide


at 21 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Allegre guide


Most Beautiful Village at 23 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Blesle guide


Most Beautiful Village at 31 km (direction north-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Usson guide


at 33 km (direction north-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Sauxillanges guide


at 35 km (direction north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Issoire guide


at 38 km (direction west-south-west), in the Cantal department

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

See Saint-Flour guide


at 39 km (direction north-east), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Ambert guide
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay

at 42 km (direction east-south-east)

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an...

See Le Puy-en-Velay guide


Most Beautiful Village at 42 km (direction 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


Most Beautiful Village at 45 km (direction north-north-west), in the Puy-de-Dome department

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

See Montpeyroux guide


at 48 km (direction north-north-east), in the Puy-de-Dome department

Olliergues is a small village with an unspoiled historic centre in the...

See Olliergues guide

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Markets in and near Lavaudieu

  • Brioude: market Saturday (6km)
  • Paulhaguet: market Monday (8km)
  • Champagnac-le-Vieux: market Friday (11km)
  • Langeac: market Tuesday & Thursday & (19km)
  • Brassac-les-Mines: market Sunday (19km)
  • Sainte-Florine: market Sunday (19km)
  • La Chaise-Dieu: market Thursday & Sunday (20km)
  • Massiac: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Allegre: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Arlanc: market Monday (27km)

More information about Lavaudieu, Auvergne

Tourist attractions near Lavaudieu, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau (32km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude) (6km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu) (7km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Mailhat (Lamontgie) (22km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre (Blesle) (23km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire) (35km)
  • Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin) (53km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château d'Hauterive (35km)
  • Jardin de l’écomusée (41km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Mont Mouchet (33km)
  • Bois Noirs (33km)
  • Signal du Luguet (37km)
  • Col des Pradeaux (42km)
  • Lac du Bouchet (47km)
  • Cascade de la Beaume (49km)
  • Lac Pavin (51km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Massiac (20km)

Geography and distances

Lavaudieu is in the southern-centre of France at 42 kilometres from Le Puy-en-Velay, the department capital (general information: Lavaudieu is 408 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Lavaudieu

Canton: Brioude-Sud

Arrondissement: Brioude

Department: Haute-Loire

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 43100

Distance to Lavaudieu

from Le Puy-en-Velay (prefecture): 42 km

from Paris: 408 km

from Calais: 643 km

from Nice: 349 km

from Bordeaux: 320 km

from Strasbourg: 492 km

Getting here

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

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Brioude, Chaniat, Domeyrat, Fontannes, Frugieres-le-Pin, Javaugues, La Chomette, Lamothe, Vals-le-Chastel and Vieille-Brioude.

This page in French: Visiter Lavaudieu