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.

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.

Le Puy-en-Velay is situated in the Haute-Loire department and Auvergne region (now part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region), 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).

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!

 
 

... 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

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

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