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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme

Ardes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme

At the gates of Cézallier stands Ardes-on-Couze, picturesque village occupying a promontory and basalt retaining many testimonies of its medieval past. Its history is linked to the powerful family Mercoeur. The remains of their castle overlooking the city.

Between lakes and volcanoes, Cézallier? a protected territory.

Zone vast plateau between the Sancy north and the Cantal mountains to the south, Cézallier pauses in volcanic terrain. Located in the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d 'Auvergne, the signal of Luguet culminates at 1551 meters. Peatlands Cézallier, housed in the hollow glacier, home to a very curious polar vegetation, such as sundew (carnivorous plant) and the moss? The circus Artoux at the foot of Signal Luguet is a good example of the use of rural land by man with farmhouses and their habitat. In the plain at the foot of Cézallier, spring near the red earth salt springs where vegetation grows south.

It is the realm of large areas where hikers (walking and riding), ATV enthusiasts are kings, and where lovers of cheese, mushrooms, blueberries, wild raspberries, daffodils are happy? It is also a preserved area, friendly and genuine which is to discover everything: nature, landscape, heritage, gastronomy?

The sources of Couze Ardes sources of salt Arvie, the Cézallier is a paradise for fishermen including Lake Roche Orcines to 1200 m altitude above the plain of Jassy.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.4031639 (N 45° 24’ 11”)
Longitude3.1267720 (E 3° 7’ 36”)
AltitudeFrom 485m to 1039m
Surface area16.59 km²
Population594 inhabitants
Density35 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureClermont-Ferrand (58 km, 50 min)
Insee code63009
IntercommunalityCC Ardes Communauté

Nearest cities & towns

Apchat2.9 km (5 min)
Rentières5.1 km (10 min)
Madriat7.7 km (10 min)
Augnat8 km (13 min)
La Chapelle-Marcousse8.4 km (14 min)
Collanges9.8 km (14 min)
Saint-Gervazy9.9 km (15 min)
Torsiac11.6 km (18 min)
Saint-Germain-Lembron11.9 km (14 min)
Boudes12.1 km (18 min)
Mazoires12.4 km (18 min)
Léotoing12.5 km (21 min)
Dauzat-sur-Vodable14.1 km (23 min)
Moriat14.1 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest



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Finger Mercoeur
Finger Mercoeur
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Monday 30 march
Min. 9°C - Max. 12°C
Tuesday 31 march
Min. 7°C - Max. 13°C
Wednesday 1 april
Min. 5°C - Max. 9°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden flight in a gyroplane
Sports sensations60 € to 155 € Issoire (16 km)
Horse ride in the Auvergne mountains
Nature and the great outdoors1050 € Montboudif (31 km)
Fly fishing for wild brown trout
Nature and the great outdoors25 € to 39 € Riom-ès-Montagnes (37 km)
Baptism balloon with birds
Nature and the great outdoors239 € Coltines (38 km)
Discovery flight in a two-seat paraglider
Sports sensations80 € Orcines (42 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (30 km)
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (31 km)
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (37 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (45 km)
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu (45 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals