Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Aydat is a small town in the Puy-de-Dôme which takes place in the urban area of Clermont-Ferrand. Member of the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne, the town presents on its territory several volcanoes of the chain of Puys.
The commune, formerly called Avitacum, would hold its name from the Roman era and Emperor Avitus. Very old, it is mainly known for its natural heritage, much appreciated by hikers and lovers of life in the great outdoors.
Some interesting architectural sites are however present in Aydat, unveiling a part of the history of the town over the centuries. The proximity with Clermont-Ferrand makes it possible to enjoy a great cultural offer, and to discover one of the biggest cities of the region. Between visits, lovers of gastronomy will be seduced by the many cheeses made in the surroundings.
Natural dam, the chet of Aydat, an important basalt flow from ancient volcanic eruptions, created two lakes on the territory. The lake of Aydat, big of 65 hectares, hosts a nautical base allowing to be initiated to the sail. Important site of fishing, the lake of the Cassière is mainly known for its important variations of the level of the water.
For the hike, follow the different volcanoes of the chain of Puys present on the territory of Aydat: the puys of Montjuger, Charmont, Rodde, Combregrasse, Vichâtel, Boursoux, Toupe, and Mount Redon.
As you walk through the village, do not miss the Saint-Sidoine church, classified as a Historic Monument. Built in the 12th century, it has a Romanesque style and takes place about 400 meters from Lake Aydat. Inside this religious building, dedicated to Sidoine Apollinaire, are revealed beautiful keys of carved vaults, as well as a bell-tower. In front of the church, the fountain-calvary of Ponteix was inscribed in Historic Monuments. It dates from the second half of the 19th century.
Headquartered in the Auvergne Volcanic Regional Nature Park, the castle of Montlosier is the starting point of several hikes on the site. Near Mont Redon, you can admire the ruins of the castle of Montredon.
In the neighboring hamlet of Rouillat Bas, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of a statue of Saint Jacques in wood of the seventeenth century classified as Historic Monuments as an object. A cross of the cemetery of Fohet dating from the sixteenth century was also classified.
The market is held every Tuesday morning between July and August.
The spring of the lakes takes place at Fontclairant (municipality of Aydat) in May, including a craft market.
In June, the lake festival of Aydat offers concerts, as well as free sports activities such as catamaran, canoe or paddle board initiations.
The donkey festival takes place near the lake of Aydat in July with donkey rides, a craft market and entertainment for children.