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Issoire

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

Issoire - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme
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Bordered by the foothills of volcanic mountains and Cézallier Dore, at the confluence of the rivers Allier and Couze, Issoire is a door to a sunny lunch already so close to the A75 motorway, but also to the Regional Parks Volcanoes of Auvergne and Livradois.

Geographical information

MunicipalityIssoire
Postcode63500
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Latitude45.5415100 (N 45° 32’ 29”)
Longitude3.2481280 (E 3° 14’ 53”)
AltitudeFrom 360m to 560m
Surface area19.69 km²
Population14626 inhabitants
Density742 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureClermont-Ferrand (35 km, 32 min)
Insee code63178
IntercommunalityCC Issoire Communauté
DepartmentPuy-de-Dôme
RegionAuvergne

Nearest cities & towns

Parentignat4 km (7 min)
Orbeil4.4 km (8 min)
Perrier4.6 km (9 min)
Varennes-sur-Usson5.5 km (7 min)
Bergonne6 km (9 min)
Le Broc6.3 km (8 min)
Saint-Yvoine6.5 km (11 min)
Flat6.6 km (10 min)
Les Pradeaux6.7 km (10 min)
Brenat6.7 km (11 min)
Aulhat-Saint-Privat7.5 km (12 min)
Meilhaud7.8 km (11 min)
Saint-Rémy-de-Chargnat7.8 km (9 min)
Solignat8.1 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

The historical center shows examples of 15th century architecture, such as hotels Clement Bohier or home arcade. The Clock Tower, old belfry in the heart of the city, is dedicated to the history of the Renaissance, to discover through Scénovision, films, exhibitions, etc.. At night, the journey through the visionary heritage is a real pleasure.

Round tiles, sponge, arkose blonde, blue and ocher facades shaded up a city with narrow streets and small squares, looking south over which reigns the abbey St. Austell the 12th century. The architecture of the head with the bell tower is typical of the Romanesque Auvergne. Inside this building is renowned for its storied capitals and colorful decoration of the vaults and its choir.

Throughout the year, contemporary art is revealed through an exhibition class. The musical events are common in the abbey St. Austell and auditorium Animati hosts theater artists, variety and song.

Issoire, prestigious stage on the road to Roman lands of Auvergne, also opens the doors of his country of art and history, the Dauphiné d'Auvergne. During the visit, we will find the local produce market on Wednesday morning and Saturday morning (fruit Limagne Boudes wines, cheeses ... the highlands).

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Photos

Fountain, Place de la République ( © Jean Espirat )
Fountain, Place de la République ( © Jean Espirat )
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House for arcades in the city ( © Jean Espirat )
House for arcades in the city ( © Jean Espirat )
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Clock Tower
Clock Tower
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View Issoire
View Issoire
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Capital foliated, in the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Capital foliated, in the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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Republic Square
Republic Square
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Abbey St. Austell : the choir
Abbey St. Austell : the choir
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Interior of the Church of St. Austell
Interior of the Church of St. Austell
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Abbey St. Austell ( © JE)
Abbey St. Austell ( © JE)
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Abbey St. Austell, to the back ( © JE)
Abbey St. Austell, to the back ( © JE)
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Detail of the ornamentation of the back of the abbey ( © JE)
Detail of the ornamentation of the back of the abbey ( © JE)
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Facade of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Facade of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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Porch of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Porch of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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Nave of abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Nave of abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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nave of the abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
nave of the abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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the nave, view of choir ( © Jean Espirat )
the nave, view of choir ( © Jean Espirat )
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Another view of the nave to the choir ( © JE)
Another view of the nave to the choir ( © JE)
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Crypt of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Crypt of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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Another view of the crypt of the abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Another view of the crypt of the abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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choir of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
choir of the Abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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Another view of the choir ( © Jean Espirat )
Another view of the choir ( © Jean Espirat )
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Capital foliated, Corinthian inspiration ( © JE)
Capital foliated, Corinthian inspiration ( © JE)
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Capital storied in the abbey ( © JE)
Capital storied in the abbey ( © JE)
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Capital historiated ( © Jean Espirat )
Capital historiated ( © Jean Espirat )
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Capital showing the visit of the Holy Women at the Tomb
Capital showing the visit of the Holy Women at the Tomb
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balusters choir painted ( © Jean Espirat )
balusters choir painted ( © Jean Espirat )
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painted balusters and grid choir ( © Jean Espirat )
painted balusters and grid choir ( © Jean Espirat )
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painted Column ( © Jean Espirat )
painted Column ( © Jean Espirat )
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Star sign on the abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
Star sign on the abbey ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
Zodiac ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Saint Austell ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Saint Austell ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained glass window of St. Austell ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained glass window of St. Austell ( © Jean Espirat )
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arcaded house ( © Jean Espirat )
arcaded house ( © Jean Espirat )
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Statue of Our Lady of Ponteil, against a wall ( © JE)
Statue of Our Lady of Ponteil, against a wall ( © JE)
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clock Tower ( © Jean Espirat )
clock Tower ( © Jean Espirat )
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Weather

Tuesday 28 april
Min. 2°C - Max. 11°C
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Wednesday 29 april
Min. 3°C - Max. 14°C
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Thursday 30 april
Min. 7°C - Max. 14°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden flight in a gyroplane
Sports sensations60 € to 155 € Issoire
Visit a producer of mohair farm
Crafts3 € Le Vernet-Sainte-Marguerite (26 km)
Discovery flight in a two-seat paraglider
Sports sensations80 € Orcines (32 km)
Knife-making workshop tour
CraftsFreeThiers (42 km)
Horse ride in the Auvergne mountains
Nature and the great outdoors1050 € Montboudif (44 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (21 km)
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (28 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (43 km)
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu (43 km)
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (43 km)

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Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels