Volvic travel guide

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The town of Volvic is located in central France, 14 kilometres north of Clermont-Ferrand.

Volvic is nowadays most famous its high quality natural spring water. Volvic mineral water is bottled in the town and sold all over the world, and has been popular for almost 70 years.

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In Volvic itself the key sites include:

Volvic bottled water

- the 'Grotte de la Pierre de Volvic ': a visit to the old quarries and rock-workings in the town. Volvic stone is a very hard, dark rock that for several centuries was held in very high esteem. The six metre tall statue of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde that overlooks the town is an example of this local stone.

- you can visit the source of Volvic water and take a guided tour.

- the Chateau de Tournoel, a medieval castle (constructed 11th - 16th centuries) standing in a naturally defensive postion over the entrance to the Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne and on the slope of an attractive wooded hillside

- the Church of Saint-Priest, a 12th century church in the roman style (the choir and transept are original but a substantial part of the church is a 19th century reconstruction in the neo-roman style)

Although there is not a great deal of historic interest to see, a stroll around Volvic is pleasant and there are various highlights to discover including small fountains and interesting architectural uses of the local stone.

To visit close to Volvic

It is the scenery of the Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne region and the beautiful landscape of extinct volcanoes, now with forests running up the volcanoes to their craters, of the Chaine des Puys that attracts most visitors here: it is perfect countryside for hiking and cycling and other outdoor activities.

If you visit nearby Clermont-Ferrand or Riom you will see famous examples of the use of volvic rock when you see the dark stone cathedrals. Many other buildings in the region around Volvic and the Auvergne are also constructed using or incorporate elements of the easily identifiable stone

Another recommended towns to visit nearby is Mozac.

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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The interesting Abbey of Saint-Pierre in Mozac combines early roman elements and later gothic elements

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The quiet regional town of Riom has several monuments of historical importance to see as you explore

Riom guide


The Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, in sombre black lava stone, dominates the historic centre of Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand guide
Clermont-Ferrand basilica

Clermont-Ferrand basilica

The basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand is one of the most important romanesque churches in the Auvergne

Clermont-Ferrand basilica guide
Puy de Dome

Puy de Dome

Puy-de-Dome is the most famous, and most accessible of the Auvergne volcanoes and has lovely views across the rest of the chain of volcanoes

Puy de Dome guide


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Address: Volvic, Riom-Ouest, Riom, Auvergne, 63530, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.871, longitude 3.0377

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Marsat: town of art and history (3 km)
  • Mozac: town of art and history (4 km)
  • Parc du château de Blanzat: remarkable garden (5 km)
  • Riom: town of art and history (6 km)
  • Abbatial church de Saint Pierre de Mozac (Mozac): religious monument (8 km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Clermont-ferrand): religious monument (10 km)
  • Clermont-Ferrand église Notre-Dame-du-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (11 km)
  • Clermont-Ferrand: secteur sauvegarde (11 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Léger (Royat): religious monument (12 km)
  • Puy de Dome: grand site of france (12 km)
  • Collégiale Saint-Victor et Sainte-Couronne d'Ennezat (Ennezat): religious monument (16 km)
  • Jardins du château d'Opme: remarkable garden (16 km)

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