Cantal places to visit and attractions

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

photo of Aurillac


Close to the scenic Route des Cretes', Aurillac lacks major monuments but is a very pleasant town to explore
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photo of Cassaniouze


Cassaniouze is a small town in Cantal with several small attractions
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photo of Chateau de Laroque

Chateau de Laroque

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

Chateau de Val

The Chateau de Val is an impressive medieval castle on the edge of a lake in Cantal
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photo of Fontanges


Fontanges is a small village in the Monts du Cantal region at the foot of the largest volcano in Europe
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photo of Junhac


Junhac is a pretty village of Cantal, with an attractive church
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photo of Laroquebrou


In Laroquebrou you can see the Cere river below the village and a ruined castle above...
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photo of Marcoles


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


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


In Maurs you can see the Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire and half-timbered houses in the medieval town centre
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photo of Montsalvy


Montsalvy is an 11th century town with an interesting historic centre
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photo of Mourjou


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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photo of Riom-es-Montagnes


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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photo of Saint-Chamant


Saint-Chamant is a small Auvergne village with a castle in the Monts du Cantal region
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photo of Saint-Flour


Although built in rather sombre granite, we found lots of interesting sights in the quiet town of Saint-Flour
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photo of Salers


Salers, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is very lovely - and also very popular (crowded!) with visitors
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photo of Sénezergues


Sénezergues is a tiny village with lovely views and an imposing castle
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photo of Tournemire


The very picturesque village of Tournemire is overlooked by the Chateau de Anjony
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photo of Vieillevie


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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For more information see the Cantal guide

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Market towns & days in Cantal

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Aurillac: Wednesday & Saturday
Chaudes-Aigues: Thursday & Monday
Laroquebrou: Friday (high season only)
Marcenat: Friday (high season only)
Massiac: Tuesday
Mauriac: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Maurs: Thursday
Valuejols: Tuesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Cantal

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

Ville d'etape


Towns of Art and History


Sites of Natural Beauty

Plomb du Cantal

Puy Griou

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Verger de Déduit

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Riom-es-Montagnes: See tourist guide

Saint-Flour: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Salers: See tourist guide

Tournemire: See tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Puy Mary