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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Bassignac
Insee code15019
AltitudeFrom 359 to 671 meters
Surface11.95 km²
Population233 inhabitants
Density19 inhabitants/km²


Chief townAurillac (at 66 km, 65 min)Sauvat at 4.3 km (10 min)
DepartmentCantalYdes at 4.7 km (6 min)
RegionAuvergneSearch another town


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Along the river Sumène, swollen by the waters of March and Marilhou, the village of Wends reveals, behind its green, a history dating back to the 9th century. Overlooking the valley, on a rocky promontory are the ruins of the beautiful and equally important fortress de Charlus (XII) where you can access, with a little effort, by a path and discover a superb panoramic view of the country.

Back in the village, a road to Saint Jacques de Compostela along the river to the chapel (XI-XII), trodden by the pilgrims were welcomed to the house of the priory (XVIII). This sumptuous home (private property), built on the very site of a priory founded by Artaud de Charlus in the 10th century, contains sets included in the inventory of historical monuments. The chapel of Saint-Jacques draws a bell wall with two windows and surmounted by a cross inside the building is sober, revealing traces of the Romanesque period, capitals, bases of columns ... The granite cross in front of the chapel is the remnant of an ancient cemetery.

Finally, one can not evoke the metal viaduct built in 1893, 366.90 meters long and 46 meters high which stresses the importance of railway heritage Cantal and keeps the memory of the coal mines until the year 50, the Juvenile cited for its part, beautifully restored, was transformed into a holiday village.


Peak Charlus, wearing the remains of one of the most important strongholds of the Haute-Auvergne offers a wide panorama of the gorges of the Dordogne Cantal Mountains, which alone deserves the effort to climb up top.

The workshop wicker Vendes: a osiériculteur-weaver offers from Monday to Friday from 9h to 12h and from 15h to 18h, objects creations and traditional objects made from wicker willow its . Tel. : +33 4 71 69 46 85.

The garden delirious offset, confusing, strange ... It is a colorful garden, plants, textiles, dyeing and vegetables, dressed delusions of wool and cotton from recycled fabrics. Taped trees, stones cravatées, swaddled objects, fruits and vegetables wool puppet ... a surprise at every step ... The garden costume changes every season, over the inspiration of Michèle Dallon, weaver, textile artist and gardener . A soft and cozy little world, poetry and art, where the real merges with fantasy. For children and adults. Open daily all year from 10am to 20pm. Guided tours by appointment (minimum 5 people). Fee. Reservations required. Tel. : +33 4 71 67 32 50 - Email:


A Wends:

July 14: garage sale, collections, market creation, exhibition of two wheels (bikes - bikes-older engines, all ages); opening of the exhibition of Espavents on Bird Island, videowall in the village with photos of Espavents the previous year.

August 15: Feast viaduct: picnic villagers exposure.


Green slope: old railway 14 km tarred with the possibility to practice cycling, rollerblading, scooter for Bassignac to Vebret.

Nautical and beach on Lake Lastioulles: pedal boat rentals, catamarans, dinghies, canoes, kayaks and surfboards; lessons and courses at different levels.

Many hiking trails: guidebook "Roads Sumène Artense" (25 hiking trails - 12 road bike - Tour de Pays) on sale at the Tourist Offices.

Puy de Saignes dominated by a metal cross (reading tool landscape).

Chastel Marlhac tray (Le Monteil), view of the mountains of Sancy.

Roc Vignonnet (Antignac) view of the valley Sumène, 12th century chapel.

Museum of mine Champagnac exhibitions tools, accessories and pictures, movie, model. Open in July and August. Tel. : +33 4 71 69 61 55.

Museum of butterflies and insects of the world Ydes-Bourg: open in July and August. Tel. : +33 4 71 40 82 51.

Treasury of Sacred Art in Ydes-Bourg: open in July and August. Tel. : +33 4 71 40 82 51.

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Introduction to watercolour: TravelogueEntertainment150 €Moussages (9.6 km)
Fly fishing at the Veirières estateNature and the outdoorsFrom 26 € to 47 €Saint-Vincent-de-Salers (16.8 km)
Horse ride in the Auvergne mountainsNature and the outdoors1050 €Montboudif (26 km)

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Pic de CharlusPic de Charlus
Chapel of Saint-Jacques WendsChapel of Saint-Jacques Wends
Viaduct WendsViaduct Wends



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Wednesday 28 January
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French cuisine restaurantHostellerie de la Maronne
The Hostellerie de la Maronne welcomes you in a bucolic setting in Saint-Martin-Valmeroux in the heart of the Auvergne! Located in a large park with a beautiful view over the valley,...
Located 16.4 km from Bassignac25 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsMaison Chabrat    
Rudi and Rita welcome you into their house in Correze where historic villages invite you to be discovered. During your excursions on foot, by bike or car, you will discover the beauty...
Located 12.6 km from BassignacFrom 59 € to 70 € the double room 
Farm with 3 bedroomsChamp du Moulin    
Welcome to Odile and Patrick, for your stay in cottages in Auvergne, on the set of Artense; ideal region for a homecoming and a holiday in peace with family, friends, or vacationing...
Located 24 km from BassignacFrom 52 € to 54 € the double room 
House with 5 bedroomsLes Ombrages    
Overlooking the old cattle market and less than a minute walk from the centre of Pleaux, Les Ombrages offers the best of two worlds. Tranquillity and comfort within the house and its...
Located 25 km from BassignacFrom 54 € to 74 € the double room 

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House for 12 personsGîte de groupe St Martin  
At the heart of the vilage Champagnac (North Cantal), next to the church listed in an enclosure, a former rectory in 2010 restored cottage group of 12 people. Large living room with...
Located 4.4 km from Bassignac920 € per week 
Farm for 6 personsGite le chêne   NEW
Renovated farm melant contemporary architecture with the charm of the old.
Located 5.1 km from BassignacFrom 650 € to 950 € per week 
House for 13 personsGite de groupe
Old mansion renovated in 2012 with ecological requirements. Geothermal heating, solar hot water.. Located in the countryside, courtyard, barbecue, garden furniture. 200 m², large living...
Located 5.9 km from BassignacFrom 500 € to 990 € per week 

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220 places over 10 haCamping le lac de la siauve    
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Located 14.5 km from Bassignac14 € per day 
99 places over 4 haLe Moulin de Serre    
This very spacious and well maintained campsite is set in a beautiful wooded valley beside the Burande river, close to the upper Dordogne valley, between the very big lake of Bort les...
Located 27 km from BassignacFrom 10.05 € to 20.10 € per day 
30 places over 1 haCamping Pont du Rouffet    
Quiet campsite near a big lake in the Cantal (Auvergne). Perfect for nature lovers, hiking, swimming and fishing. A campsite in the wilderness without animation, which particularly...
Located 30 km from BassignacFrom 13 € to 15 € per day 

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Logis L'Ecu De France - Hotel in BassignacLogis L'Ecu De France     
The Logis L’Ecu de France is situated in the heart of Mauriac, a village in the north-west of the Cantal area. The rooms are functional and comfortable, all equipped with private bathroom....
Located 12.3 km from Bassignac
Le Rider - Hotel in BassignacLe Rider     
Le Rider Hotel is situated just in front of the train station in Bort les Orgues. It offers comfortable rooms with modern facilities and a restaurant. All of the rooms have a private...
Located 12.3 km from BassignacRoom from 40 €
Logis Auv'hôtel - Hotel in BassignacLogis Auv'hôtel     
The logis Auv’hôtel is located in Mauriac, a small town in the north-west of the Cantal area between Salers and the Dordogne. It proposes 11 air-conditioned rooms. All rooms at the...
Located 12.5 km from BassignacRoom from 50 €

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Hotel Aurena
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