Auvergne is one of the least populated regions in France. It is a region of volcanic plateaus and large valleys, mountain ranges and huge craters.
Auvergne has three giant volcanoes – the Puy de Sancy (the highest point in central France), the Banne d’Ordanche and the Puy de l’Aiguiller which together make up the Monts Dore. It is the perfect location for outdoor activities such as hiking, paragliding, sailing and canoeing thanks to the abundance of rivers and lakes in the area. The region is home to the legendary Vichy, Olvic and Chaudes Aigues, the spa town with the warmest water in Europe.
Just a few hours from Paris, the central location of Clermont-Ferrand is home to one of the most important Romanesque churches in the area, the Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port, famous for the very special black stone architecture which is a feature of the old city centre. The natural environment of the town is very special, surrounded by volcanoes and the Livradois Forez region and close to Vulcania theme park (and wildlife park). The region is not a well known tourist attraction but in recent years it has started to become more popular with those who are interested in outdoor pursuits.
Things to do in Auvergne
Take a cable car ride to the peak of the Puy-de-Sancy and experience breath-taking views over the domes and craters of the region
Be wowed by one of the many impressive mediaeval churches in the region such as Notre Dame du Port at Clermont Ferrand or Notre Dame d’Orcival and there are several more which are well worth a visit.
Visit the cheese museum in Amber
Participate in water sports at Vichy
Marvel at the Notre-Dame Cathedral at Le Puy en Velay a town which has retained its links to the past and offers a unique blend of tradition, countryside, strong religious heritage and modernity
Find out more from the Auvergne Tourist Office
Experience the Regional cuisine of Auvergne