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.
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.