Auvergne places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Auvergne region. See also our Auvergne travel guide.

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Allegre (Haute-Loire)

Be sure to climb to the castle above Allegre to see the views after taking a stroll around the village
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Ambert (Puy-de-Dome)

The quiet town of Ambert in the Natural Regional Park of Livradois-Forez has a small medieval centre to explore
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Arlempdes (Haute-Loire)

Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined castle and the valley of the Loire combine to make it very picturesque
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Aurillac (Cantal)

Close to the scenic Route des Cretes', Aurillac lacks major monuments but is a very pleasant town to explore
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Auzon (Haute-Loire)

The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the river, passing an imposing church and medieval houses
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Billom (Puy-de-Dome)

It is the half-timbered houses and medieval gateways that provide the charm in the centre of Billom
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Blesle (Haute-Loire)

There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of Blesle because in medieval times it was an important town for the local Barons
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Brioude (Haute-Loire)

Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the largest romanesque church in the Auvergne
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Cassaniouze (Cantal)

Cassaniouze is a small town in Cantal with several small attractions
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Charroux (Allier)

Charroux is a very quiet Auvergne village, unusual in the 'village centre' being a hard to find area of grass!
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Chateau de Laroque (Cantal)

Chateau de Laroque is a 13th century fortified castle on a hill above the village of Laroquebrou in the Auvergne
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Chateau de Val (Cantal)

The Chateau de Val is an impressive medieval castle on the edge of a lake in Cantal
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Chateldon (Puy-de-Dome)

The ancient city of Chateldon still retains an important part of its medieval castle and fortifications
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Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dome)

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

The basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand is one of the most important romanesque churches in the Auvergne
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Courpiere (Puy-de-Dome)

Once home to Coco Chanel, Courpiere is a village in the Livradois-Forez natural park
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Fontanges (Cantal)

Fontanges is a small village in the Monts du Cantal region at the foot of the largest volcano in Europe
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Herisson (Allier)

The ruined castle and the historic centre along the banks of the Aumance river are the principal attractions in Herisson
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Issoire (Puy-de-Dome)

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

Junhac is a pretty village of Cantal, with an attractive church
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La Bourboule (Puy-de-Dome)

La Bourboule is one of the most impressive of the belle-epoque spa towns in France
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La Chaise-Dieu (Haute-Loire)

The church, cloisters and Danse Macabre fresco in the abbey are the major attraction in La Chaise-Dieu
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Lapalisse (Allier)

The renaissance style Chateau de la Palice, its internal decorations and its gardens are the main highlight when you visit Lapalisse
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Laroquebrou (Cantal)

In Laroquebrou you can see the Cere river below the village and a ruined castle above...
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Lavaudieu (Haute-Loire)

Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as principal attraction
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Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire)

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.
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Marcoles (Cantal)

The fortified village of Marcoles dates from the 10th century and is one of our favourite Cantal villages
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Mauriac (Cantal)

The religious monuments such as the basilica and the monastery are the highlights in the small town of Mauriac
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Maurs (Cantal)

In Maurs you can see the Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire and half-timbered houses in the medieval town centre
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Mont-Dore (Puy-de-Dome)

Mont-Dore is well placed to explore the scenic splendours of the area such as the Vallee de Chaudefour, and is also a small ski resort
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Montlucon (Allier)

Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each contributed monuments and buildings to the centre of Montlucon
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Montpeyroux (Puy-de-Dome)

Montpeyroux is a small village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France' and very pleasant to explore
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Montsalvy (Cantal)

Montsalvy is an 11th century town with an interesting historic centre
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Moulins (Allier)

In the historic centre of Moulins it is the cathedral that is the most imposing monument
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Mourjou (Cantal)

Mourjou is historically a very important chestnut producing region in France, and it is still this and the surrounding chestnut forests that are of interest to visitors
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Mozac (Puy-de-Dome)

The interesting Abbey of Saint-Pierre in Mozac combines early roman elements and later gothic elements
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Murol (Puy-de-Dome)

The highlight of a visit to Murol is the Chateau de Murol that stands high on a rocky mass above the village
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Olliergues (Puy-de-Dome)

Olliergues is a small village with an unspoiled historic centre in the Livradois-Forez naturel parc
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Orcival (Puy-de-Dome)

Orcival is home to one of the most important roman style churches in Auvergne and has several natural scenic highlights nearby
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Parc des Volcans (Puy-de-Dome)

The Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes is a beautiful region of forested volcanic domes
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Pradelles (Haute-Loire)

Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight in the Haute-Loire department
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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
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Riom (Puy-de-Dome)

The quiet regional town of Riom has several monuments of historical importance to see as you explore
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Riom-es-Montagnes (Cantal)

After exploring the town and church in Riom-es-Montagnes be sure to follow one or two of the trails into the Natural Regional Park of the Vocanoes
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Saint-Chamant (Cantal)

Saint-Chamant is a small Auvergne village with a castle in the Monts du Cantal region
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Saint-Floret (Puy-de-Dome)

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

Although built in rather sombre granite, we found lots of interesting sights in the quiet town of Saint-Flour
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Saint-Nectaire (Puy-de-Dome)

It is the impressive roman architecture of the Church of St-Nectaire-le-Haut that attracts visitors to Saint-Nectaire
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Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule (Allier)

The quiet town of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule lacks major monuments but merits a stroll when you are in the region
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Saint-Saturnin (Puy-de-Dome)

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
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Salers (Cantal)

Salers, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is very lovely - and also very popular (crowded!) with visitors
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Sauxillanges (Puy-de-Dome)

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
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Sénezergues (Cantal)

Sénezergues is a tiny village with lovely views and an imposing castle
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Souvigny (Allier)

The Priory Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul with the tombes of the Dukes of Burgundy reminds us how important the quiet town of Souvigny was 500 years ago
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Thiers (Puy-de-Dome)

Not always considered a tourist destination, Thouars actually has a facscinating historical centre with several interesting highlights
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Tournemire (Cantal)

The very picturesque village of Tournemire is overlooked by the Chateau de Anjony
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Usson (Puy-de-Dome)

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
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Vichy (Allier)

The spa town of Vichy is best known for its bottled water and as centre for the government of unoccupied Fraance during the Second World War
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Vieillevie (Cantal)

On the banks of the Lot river the small village of Vieillevie is very pretty and also in a very attractive region of France
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Volvic (Puy-de-Dome)

One of the most famous bottled waters in the world is from Volvic, which is also a pleasant town in the 'Volcano' region of the Auvergne
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For more information see the Auvergne guide

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Tourist attractions to visit in Auvergne

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Grand Sites of France

Puy de Dome: See tourist guide

Puy Mary

UNESCO world heritage sites

Clermont-Ferrand église Notre-Dame-du-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay cathédrale Notre-Dame (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay Hotel-Dieu St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Arlempdes: See tourist guide

Blesle: See tourist guide

Charroux: See tourist guide

Lavaudieu: See tourist guide

Montpeyroux: See tourist guide

Pradelles: See tourist guide

Saint-Saturnin: See tourist guide

Salers: See tourist guide

Tournemire: See tourist guide

Usson: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Aulteribe Chateau

Chareil-Cintrat Chateau

Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Ambert: See tourist guide

Issoire: See tourist guide

Lapalisse: See tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay: See tourist guide


Riom-es-Montagnes: See tourist guide

Saint-Flour: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Livradois-Forez: See tourist guide

Volcans d'Auvergne: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Clermont-Ferrand: See tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay: See tourist guide

Riom: See tourist guide

Thiers: See tourist guide

Theme Park


Towns of Art and History

Issoire: See tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay: See tourist guide


Montlucon: See tourist guide

Moulins: See tourist guide

Mozac: See tourist guide

Riom: See tourist guide


Ville d'etape




4* Towns in Bloom

Vichy: See tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc d'Attractions et Animalier (PAL)