Discover the Auvergne region

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The capital of Auvergne

A metropolis at the heart of a population centre of 600,000 inhabitants, in an exceptional environment dominated by the volcanoes of the Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont is a young and culturally vibrant city. A convention city, the birthplace and home of the Michelin Group, the world tyre leader, and a university and research centre, Clermont is in the vanguard of mechanics, ICT, food, health and pharmacy.

In the midst of urban change, serviced by an innovative tramway on tyres, the site of the Grand Carré de Jaude in the hyper centre of the city and featuring several eco-districts, Clermont-Ferrand concentrates leading metropolitan facilities in the fields of health, sport and culture.

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Place de Jaude
Place de Jaude / Clermont-Ferrand / H. Vidal

The City's must-sees

The cathedral

The majestic Gothic cathedral soars skyward. It crowns the hill of the historic centre of Clermont. The deep anthracite colour of its lava stone gives it its uniqueness. Its stained glass windows and murals are exceptional.

Notre Dame du Port

On the Unesco world heritage list, the Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica takes visitors back to the wonders of Romanesque art. This unique architectural and sculptural entity contains genuine masterpieces.

Montferrand

The protected district of Montferrand is one of the oldest in France. Originally separated from Clermont, Montferrand has preserved its medieval fortified layout and remarkable town mansions. Its streets offer a repertoire of urban residences ranging from the Romanesque period to the eighteenth century.

Place de Jaude

This has been the vibrant heart of the city since Ancient Times. It is home to monuments, statues and department stores. Place de Jaude in the twenty-first century offers pedestrians a subtle combination of resurgent fountains, magnolias, tulip trees and selected minerals.

Statue of Vercingétorix

Caesar's victor is honoured on the Place de Jaude aligned with the Puy de Dome. This bold Gaulish leader, sword pointed on his rearing horse, is the work of Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Roger Quillot museum

A major cultural location in Clermont, the MARQ houses its collections on 6 floors (all Fine Arts are represented: painting, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, graphic arts) from the medieval period to contemporary design. Housed in the former Ursuline convent of Montferrand, the museum was given a contemporary and bright architectural and exhibition makeover in the 1990s. A player in the Clermont urban district’s image hub, the MARQ develops partnerships with various cultural institutions to provide and enhance the links between the visual arts.

Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on 01/01, 01/05, 01/11 and 25/12. Exceptionally closed on 18 and 19 August.

For further information: +33 (0)4 73 16 11 30 or click here

The Auvergne region

Its many facets, fashioned by time and humans, make it a land of freedom, ideal for discovery and adventure. Here, nature offers up its full glory, wide plains and medium mountain ranges with alpine or more accessible terrains, resulting mostly from volcanic eruptions that took place over millions of years.

Lakes, peaceful thousand year old oak or other woodlands are ideal places to get away from it all. Rivers and streams were born in these mountains, others simply cross them. Spring, mineral or thermal waters, used since ancient times, spring up here and there.

In the air, hot air ballooning or paragliding, trekking in all its forms, on the water - canoeing, rafting, or fishing -, summer and winter, the region offers a broad variety of outdoor activities. Theme parks are also great places to discover or have fun.

The Auvergne is also a land of hospitality, with men and women who have managed to preserve its heritage and architectural treasures. Picturesque towns and villages, Romanesque churches with pure and majestic forms, and fortified or residential castles have flourished throughout the area. Artisans that may be encountered in many villages perpetuate skills and traditions.

Chaine des Puys
Chaine des Puys / CRDTA - P. Soissons

The attractions of the region

Puy de Dôme 

Take the electric cog railway with its panoramic view of the Dômes and enjoy a trip to the highest point of the Chaîne des Puys to admire a constantly changing landscape of colours and light. At the heart of the Regional Parc Naturel des Volcans d'Auvergne, the Puy de Dôme, labelled "Grand Site de France" and rehabilitated with a major concern for conservation, is open all year and offers many activities for adults and children: interpretation areas, Mercury temple, walks to the summit, landscape reading table and 360° view.

For further information: +33 (0)4 73 87 43 00

Volcans d’Auvergne

The Parc des Volcans is located in the heart of Auvergne. This immense territory consists of remarkable landscapes and wildlife. But it also owes its strong identity to a rural society that has preserved its expertise and culture. The territory of the Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne has three Nature Reserves: the Valley of Chaudefour, the Sagnes de la Godivelle and the Rocher de la Jacquette. Through valleys, highlands or ridges, along rivers and lakes, in woodland or across fields, the Park offers outdoor lovers a variety of marked out trails (GR, PR, tracks).

For further information: +33 (0)4 73 65 64 00 or click here

Livradois-Forez

Located near Lyon, not far from Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand, the Livradois-Forez in Auvergne is one of the largest Regional Parks in France. The scenic beauty, the diversity of natural environments staged by varying altitudes are among the greatest treasures of the Parc Livradois-Forez. We strongly advise you to come and browse at your leisure the thousands of kilometres of trails that criss-cross the Livradois-Forez. It opens onto infinite landscapes and the unspoilt nature of the Hautes-Chaumes, with its bogs, fir and beech forests.

For further information: +33 (0)4 73 95 57 57 or click here

Gergovie

A dozen or so kilometres south of Clermont-Ferrand, in the municipality of La Roche-Blanche, the site of Gergovie is a vast plateau covering 96 hectares. The result of inverted relief from a lava flow from the Puys, this natural belvedere at a height of 744m dominates the Clermont-Ferrand area and its surrounding plains. In the first century BC, the plateau of Gergovie was a vast oppidum, a stronghold which brought together homes, defensive, political, economic and religious functions. The scene of Julius Caesar's only defeat during the Gallic Wars has established its reputation for over 2,000 years.

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Vulcania

Become explorers and discover the mysteries of our planet, confront the power of volcanoes and the forces of nature. Rides, dynamic platforms, 5D films and interactive technologies take you on an adventurous discovery of the earth with 100% intense attractions and activities. With new, sensational attractions since 2007, Vulcania invites you to share the extraordinary story of volcanoes, earth science and the forces of nature.

For further information: +33 (0)820 827 828 or click here

Lemptégy volcano

15 minutes from Clermont-Ferrand, in the middle of the Les Puys chain of mountains, explore the Lemptégy volcano, an outstanding location. Your guide will take you into the bowels of this giant open site for an interactive and fun moment of discovery. Observe this geological curiosity, collect volcanic rocks, talk about their shapes and colours... The site invites young and old alike to discover the secrets of volcanology!

For further information: +33 (0)4 73 62 23 25 or click here

Le Puy en Velay

Southeast of the Massif Central, the starting point of the "Via Podiensis" towards Santiago de Compostela, Le Puy en Velay is above all an exceptional site. Preserved from the ravages of time, the city holds many surprises for visitors.

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Les Pays d'Issoire Val d'Allier... A labelled and distinguished territory!

This territory south of the Puy-de-Dôme department is labelled Country of Art and History in recognition of its architectural, natural and artistic heritage. Three of the most beautiful villages in France are to be discovered in our territory. Its capital, Issoire, is classified Most Beautiful Detour of France for its Romanesque abbey and large Renaissance mansions.

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