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Le Puy-en-Velay tourism and travel guide

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Visit Le Puy-en-Velay: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an important pilgrimage town, as seen in its many religious monuments and statues.

Le Puy-en-Velay 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 Le Puy-en-Velay. For detailed visitor information see the Le Puy-en-Velay travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Le Puy-en-Velay include "recommended detour", "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Le Puy-en-Velay is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Allegre at 22 km and Pradelles at 30 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Le Puy-en-Velay, 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 Le Puy-en-Velay in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 20 km (direction south)

Arlempdes is a very small village but the character...

See Arlempdes guide


at 22 km (direction north-west)

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

See Allegre guide


Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction south)

Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely...

See Pradelles guide
La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

at 34 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See La Chaise-Dieu guide


Most Beautiful Village at 42 km (direction west-north-west)

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in...

See Lavaudieu guide


Most Beautiful Village at 47 km (direction east-north-east), in the Loire department

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual...

See Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide


at 48 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Brioude guide


at 48 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

Thueyts is more 'renovated' than many of the Ardeche 'villages...

See Thueyts guide


at 50 km (direction east), in the Ardeche department

The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the highlights...

See Desaignes guide


at 50 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

Smaller than many of the Ardeche villages, you will see an...

See Meyras guide


at 52 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

Antraigues-sur-Volane is a small medieval perched village, with most activity centred...

See Antraigues-sur-Volane guide


at 54 km (direction south-east), in the Ardeche department

The most unusual characteristic in Jaujac is the deep river...

See Jaujac guide


at 56 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Auzon guide


at 59 km (direction north-east), in the Loire department

Originally an industrial town, regeneration of the Place Jean Jaures,...

See Saint-Etienne guide

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

Map of places to visit near Le Puy-en-Velay


Markets in and near Le Puy-en-Velay

Market days in Le Puy-en-Velay: weekly market: Wednesday & Saturday;

  • Le Puy-en-Velay: market Wednesday & Saturday (0km)
  • Chadrac: market Sunday (2km)
  • Brives-Charensac: market Friday (2km)
  • Polignac: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Coubon: market Sunday (5km)
  • Blavozy: market Sunday (7km)
  • Lantriac: market Sunday (10km)
  • Rosieres: market Saturday (13km)
  • Saint-Julien-Chapteuil: market Monday (13km)
  • Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille: market Tuesday (14km)

More information about Le Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne

Tourist attractions near Le Puy-en-Velay, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Vals-les-Bains (56km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Monts d'Ardeche (48km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil) (13km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien) (14km)
  • Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu) (48km)
  • Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude) (48km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Mailhat (Lamontgie) (62km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de l’écomusée (39km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Cascade de la Beaume (11km)
  • Lac du Bouchet (17km)
  • Mont Gerbier de Jonc (34km)
  • Cascade du Ray-Pic (41km)
  • Mont Mouchet (41km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Réserve de bisons d'Europe de Sainte-Eulalie (42km)

Geography and distances

Le Puy-en-Velay is in the southern-centre of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Haute-Loire department (general information: Le Puy-en-Velay is 440 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Le Puy-en-Velay

Canton: Puy-en-Velay

Arrondissement: Puy-en-Velay

Department: Haute-Loire

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 43000

Distance to Le Puy-en-Velay

from Le Puy-en-Velay (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 440 km

from Calais: 674 km

from Nice: 307 km

from Bordeaux: 352 km

from Strasbourg: 491 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Le Puy-en-Velay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 11 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aiguilhe, Arsac-en-Velay, Brives-Charensac, Ceyssac, Chadrac, Chaspinhac, Coubon, Espaly-Saint-Marcel, Le Monteil, Polignac and Vals-Pres-le-Puy.

This page in French: Visiter Le Puy-en-Velay

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