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Visit Montpeyroux (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France)

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The village of Montpeyroux is 15 kilometrs south of Clermont Ferrand and 15 kilometres north of Issoire, next to the A75 motorway in central France (in the Puy de Dome department of the Massif Central). It is classified among the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

Exploring Montpeyroux

Montpeyroux is a very pleasant place to stop as you hurtle along the motorway towards the south of France - a few minutes exploring the attractive narrow streets and alleys and you forget that you still have a couple more hours journey ahead of you!

The belltower at the entrance to Montpeyroux

Originally a wine growing region, the area around Montpeyroux suffered greatly from the phylloxéra outbreak in the 19th century which devastated many vineyards in France. More recently, with the enthusiasm and backing of the village since the 1950's, Montpeyroux has had a revival, based largely on tourism.

The village is built from the local white stone after which the village takes its name (Montpeyroux = stony hill / 'mont pierreux') and stands 460 metres above sea level. This raised postion means the village has far-reaching views across the surrounding region.

The centre of the town contains a 13th century fortress tower (donjon), that towers over Montpeyroux village. An attractive 14th century clock gate can also be seen, remaining from the days when the village was surrounded by a fortified wall.

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With a maze of small streets to explore, and small gardens to peep into, the village has been largely restored in recent years and is now one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

In the 'centre' there are also a few restaurants, art galleries etc and places to sit and quietly pass the time. (I ate in La Vigne restaurant, which is highly recommended)

Note that parking in the village itself is not possible, but there is a large free car park just on the edge of Montpeyroux, just moments away from the vilage itself.

Attractive stone houses in Montpeyroux village

Local highlights

The nearby villages of Saint-Saturnin, Usson and Saint-Floret (among others) are also worth a visit and close to Montpeyroux, and the town of Issoire also has a pleasant town centre.

The 'Grand Site' of Puy-de-Dome is a little west of Clermont-Ferrand.

Explore elsewhere in the Massif Central. You can find more travel ideas in the Puy-de-Dome guide and the Auvergne guide.

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Map of Montpeyroux and places nearby

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Issoire

Issoire

Best known for its romanesque church, Issoire is a very pleasant and unspoiled town to explore

Issoire guide
Saint-Saturnin

Saint-Saturnin

With ancient narrow streets, an imposing church and its position on the side of a steep valley Saint-Saturnin is among our favourite Auvergne villages

Saint-Saturnin guide
Saint-Floret

Saint-Floret

The tiny village of Saint-Floret with its ruined castle and frescoes is now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

Saint-Floret guide
Billom

Billom

It is the half-timbered houses and medieval gateways that provide the charm in the centre of Billom

Billom guide
Usson

Usson

One of the least developed of the 'most beautiful villages in France' (a good thing!) the quaint centre of Usson is overlooked by a large statue of the Virgin Mary

Usson guide
Sauxillanges

Sauxillanges

The principal monuments in Sauxillanges, the monastery and the castle, are not open to the public but the village is still pleasant for a look when you are in the region

Sauxillanges guide

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Tourist classifications for Montpeyroux

Montpeyroux is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Montpeyroux, Issoire, Auvergne, 63114, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.6236, longitude 3.205

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Issoire: recommended detour (9 km)
  • Jardins du château d'Hauterive: remarkable garden (9 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire): religious monument (10 km)
  • Saint-Saturnin: most beautiful village (10 km)
  • Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin): religious monument (10 km)
  • Jardins du château de la Batisse: remarkable garden (12 km)
  • Jardins du château d'Opme: remarkable garden (14 km)
  • Usson: most beautiful village (15 km)
  • Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau: national monument (16 km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire): religious monument (18 km)
  • Clermont-Ferrand: secteur sauvegarde (20 km)
  • Clermont-Ferrand église Notre-Dame-du-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (20 km)

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

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