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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
Population14757 inhabitants
Density749 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)
Aulhat-Flat6.6 km (10 min)
Brenat6.7 km (11 min)
Les Pradeaux6.7 km (10 min)
Saint-Rémy-de-Chargnat7.8 km (9 min)
Meilhaud7.8 km (11 min)
Pardines8.1 km (12 min)
Solignat8.1 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

The historic center reveals examples of architecture of the fifteenth century, such as Clement hotels, Bohier or home arcade. The clock tower, the old communal belfry, built in the fifteenth century has a stone façade Volvic 1840. Exhibitions are organized throughout the year and the belvedere offers a unique perspective on the Sancy, the Puys, Cézallier. In the evening the path through the illuminated heritage is a pleasure.

Round, Genoese tiles, arkose blonde, blue or ocher facades shaded up a city with narrow streets and small squares tightened, Southern allure over which reigns the abbey St. Austell twelfth century. The architecture of the apse with the bell tower is typical of the Auvergne Romanesque art. Inside, the building is known for its capitals and the colorful decoration of its vaults and its choir.

Throughout the year, contemporary art is revealed through a renowned exhibition. The musical events are plentiful in the abbey St. Austell and bathroom Animatis shows hosts theater artists, variety and song.

Issoire, prestigious stage on the road of Romanesque lands of Auvergne, also opens the doors of his country of art and history, the Dauphiné d'Auvergne. During the visit, local products will be found on the Saturday morning market (fruit Limagne, Boudes wines, cheeses... the highlands).

Issoire is also known for the practice of many aviation activities (autogyro, ULM, gliding, helicopter, glider...) and for its racing circuit.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Photos

Saint-Austremoine abbey church (© JE)
Saint-Austremoine abbey church (© JE)
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House for arcades in town (© Jean Espirat)
House for arcades in town (© Jean Espirat)
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Republic Square
Republic Square
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Capital foliated, in the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
Capital foliated, in the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
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Fountain, Place de la République (© Jean Espirat)
Fountain, Place de la République (© Jean Espirat)
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Clock Tower
Clock Tower
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Porch of the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
Porch of the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
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Issoire of view
Issoire of view
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Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine: the choir
Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine: the choir
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Saint-Austremoine church Inside
Saint-Austremoine church Inside
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Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, rear view (© JE)
Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, rear view (© 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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Front of the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
Front of the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the 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, chancel view (© Jean Espirat)
The nave, chancel view (© Jean Espirat)
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Another view of the nave, the choir view (© JE)
Another view of the nave, the choir view (© 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 embellished in the abbey (© JE)
Capital embellished in the abbey (© JE)
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Capital embellished (© Jean Espirat)
Capital embellished (© 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 of the choir, painted (© Jean Espirat)
balusters of the choir, painted (© Jean Espirat)
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painted balusters and grille of the choir (© Jean Espirat)
painted balusters and grille of the choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Painted Column (© Jean Espirat)
Painted Column (© Jean Espirat)
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Zodiac Signs on the abbey (© Jean Espirat)
Zodiac Signs 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 window of St. Austell (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of St. 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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Presentation of the Country of Issoire
Presentation of the Country of Issoire
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden flight in a gyroplane
Sports sensations60 € to 155 € Issoire
Maiden two-seater paraglider flight from the top of Puy de Dôme
Sports sensations80 € Montaigut-le-Blanc (13.5 km)
Introduction to bobbin lace
Arts and Crafts23 € Chamalières (29 km)
Discovery flight in a two-seat paraglider
Sports sensations80 € Orcines (32 km)
Visit a professional beekeeper
Local flavoursFreeArlanc (41 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Palette of religious buildings nuanced with Romanesque art
Car itineraryEasy1h30Issoire
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)

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

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Hotels