Fontanges travel guide

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Fontanges is a small village in the Cantal department of the Auvergne, a short distance south of Salers and to the west of the Monts du Cantal, part of the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes.

In fact Fontanges says that it is at the foot of the highest volcano in Europe, Puy Violent, although the village doesn't really feel 'overshadowed' by a volcano as you might expect...

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There is parking available at the lower end of the village near the stone bridge across the river. Fontanges is small and does not take long to explore unless you are setting off for a walk in the surrounding countryside...

Stone bridge

At the bottom of the village you can see the 13th century church and the town hall before walking along the row of houses that lead up the hill as well as another road that leads to the side. Most of the houses here are small traditional cottages although there is a more grand house rather hidden at the top of the village.

Facilities are very limited but you will find a small shop and a cafe in the centre of Fontanges.


If you continue a short distance to the edge of the village you will find the Monolithic Chapel of Saint-Michel of Fontanges. This is a remarkable chapel inside a large rock with an ornate carved entrance. Originally a small castle stood here, which is why the chapel was built, although no trace of the castle remains today.

You can climb up to the statue of the Virgin on top of the rock for a view across the village.

Monolithic church

Attractions nearby

There are various ways to enjoy the volcanic countryside around the village including marked trails that leave from the parking area to explore the Val d'Aspré to the east or towards Saint-Martin Valmeroux to the west.

Cycling is also very popular in this region but don't be deceived into thinking it will be easy: the mountain passes are much more gentle than those in the Alps but there are a lot of them and you never have a single section of flat road!

We visited Fontanges as part of a tour of this part of the Cantal that included Saint-Chamant to the west (a village even smaller than Fontanges) as well as the lovely villages of Tournemire and Salers, both classified among the most beautiful villages in France.

You can find more travel ideas in the Cantal guide and the Auvergne guide.

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Tournemire guide


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Address: Fontanges, Salers, Mauriac, Auvergne, 15140, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.1144, longitude 2.5047

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Salers: most beautiful village (3 km)
  • Tournemire: most beautiful village (7 km)
  • Verger de Déduit: remarkable garden (11 km)
  • Salins: town of art and history (12 km)
  • Puy Mary: grand site of france (13 km)
  • Cascade de Liadouze: site of natural beauty (13 km)
  • Puy Griou: site of natural beauty (16 km)
  • Plomb du Cantal: site of natural beauty (21 km)
  • Riom-es-Montagnes: recommended detour (22 km)
  • Parc-arboretum de Neuvic d'Ussel: remarkable garden (35 km)
  • Volcans d'Auvergne: regional natural parc (38 km)
  • Signal du Luguet: site of natural beauty (45 km)

The French version of this page is at Fontanges (Francais)