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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Mariol
Insee code03163
AltitudeFrom 256 to 540 meters
Surface9.41 km²
Population771 inhabitants
Density81 inhabitants/km²


Chief townMoulins (at 73 km, 81 min)Ris at 3.1 km (7 min)
DepartmentAllierSaint-Yorre at 6.5 km (9 min)
RegionAuvergneSearch another town


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  • Its location:
  • Mariol is a small French village, located in the department of Allier and the Auvergne region. Its inhabitants are Mariolis and Mariolaises. Surrounded by surrounding communities as Ris, Saint-Priest-Bramefant and Mons Mariol is located 13 km south-east of Vichy, the largest city nearby.
  • Located at the entrance of a natural path of the Mountain Bourbonnais, Mariol, away from main traffic routes, has a peaceful nature. The village is traversed throughout its length by a stream, the Darot.
  • His story:
  • A part explained by the crossing of the river Allier, with the penetration of the Mountain Bourbonnaise and fluctuating boundaries of the provinces of Auvergne and Bourbonnais.
  • Originally installed on the immediate banks of the Allier, instead of "Les Grands Vaux, its inhabitants have been driven by wars of religion in the second half of the 16th century. They found refuge near the castle, which was a resort for children for many years, it is now renovated into several apartments by Dutchmen. The castle protected the natural gateway to the mountains with the military structures that were the castles of Maulmont, Piégut, Forion.
  • Village Winemaker of smallholders engaged in mixed farming and livestock, most older houses retain the appearance of a farm with the barn and stables. The vines produced a nice little wine that reminded the Holy Pourçain. King Henry the fourth could enjoy it on its way to the castle Busset. But these vines have been uprooted because of phylloxera. Residents have become managers or workers in St. glassworks Yorre Puy-Guillaume or Vichy. The mansions housed the largest owners.
  • Origin of name:
  • Mariol would mean an end Gallic Grand Champs. The original village called Grand Valley and Grand Vaux. Mariol is Latin mas mansium: house and revolvers, rivus: stream, or house near the creek.
  • In local dialect, Mariol Mariou said: it is close to Latin roots in French ru = rio = Spanish rivers.
  • In the Middle Ages, a Mariolle was a holy picture or a statue bearing the likeness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as the votive festival of the town which is scheduled for September 8, the date of the Nativity of the Virgin, one would be led suggests that this religious event is recalled in the name Mariol cited devoted to Mary mother of Jesus. A hypothesis that may have followers.
  • The name Mariol was that of a brave soldier of Napoleon, born in the Southwest. This "Mariol" military was famous for his incessant bragging. Hence the phrase, frequently used in everyday language: do mariol, be interesting.
  • Let us preferably Latin etymology or Gallic. Although acceptance "house near the creek" seems really rather attractive in so far as it evokes one of the first elements of the historic village.
  • Remember that Mariol, was a common farmers and growers. In 1852, there were 917 inhabitants. This was the third Napoleon who, during his short stay in Vichy had established the route to Chateau-Gaillard Busset. The pond located close (hamlet Foucaud) bears the name of the emperor. So it was a large agricultural town with weekly markets.
  • Mariol boasts the unusual privilege of a song, the hymn "The Mariolaise.


  • Mariol Castle: It was built in the 16th century on the site of the first feudal edifice was restored in the 19th century in a neo-Gothic. It has retained its square towers at the corners, ogee moldings above the windows. The moat is fed by the Darot. After being lauded for many years to a summer camp, it is always restored and transformed into several apartments (not open).
  • Pigeon: Located in Funny and created the 19th century, it is square, timber-framed, on stilts, and the slab is made of brick. It is topped by a lantern whose finial in the shape of a pigeon. It represents the type of pigeon that occur most frequently in Limagne.
  • Fountain: This fountain was built in basalt by Mr. And Mrs. Jules Barchon in 1836, as evidenced by the inscription at its base.
  • Saint-Cyr-et-Saint-Julitte: The parish of the former diocese of Clermont was the presentation of the archpriest of Cusset. The church was rebuilt in 1881 by architect Jean-Baptiste Moreau on a Latin cross, neo-Gothic. The term of the building refers to Julitte Cyr and his son, of Syrian origin, martyred in Tarsus. Cyr, who was less than three years would, according to the Golden Legend, suffered a huge number of torments, his executioners would, among other torture, tried to cut in half, hence its status as patron of sawyers .
  • Cross Mission: Established in 1885. On a pole stone neo-Gothic stands an iron cross at the foot of which stand two angels. It probably reflects the transition from a mission in the neighborhood, and in a context of re-Christianization campaigns in which the wave of the 19th century were many precedents in all regions of France.
  • Hike to do on Mariol: The Valley Darot:
  • Access to the departure place of the church.
  • Parking possible in front of City Hall.
  • Check: Facing the church, from right and walk along the creek on Darot. Skip next to the castle (sixteenth century).
  • 1. Continue on the path Piégut, then at the crossroads, continue straight.
  • 2. Continue straight on the dirt road.
  • 3. Continue on the path to the left. On the road, turn left and cross Piégut (stone houses, wells, oven), then the intersection (cross, holy cross on plinth with stone), continue the path on the right.
  • 4. At the crossroads, facing down.
  • 5. At D 175 (view of the hamlet of settlers), turn left (old cross on a stone base), then follow the next left towards Grenettes (overlooking the Bois Noirs).
  • 6. Cross the farm, head into the barn, then down to the left (old vane), overlooking the Val d'Allier and the volcanos.
  • 7. At the cross-roads, down to the right and cross the wood.
  • 8. A wooden cross, turn left into the path of the Three Crosses. In Mariol, take the Rue de la Randière to join the church.


  • In January, the Festival Committee brought the theater group "The buddies Champaux.
  • In April, the Fire Brigade make their dinner dance audience.
  • In May, the Festival Committee offers its flea market in the town of Mariol and surprise on his rally around Mariol (free).
  • In June, Decibel you are dancing at their balls in the spring and School Plus invites you to come see the children dancing to the carnival schools (free).
  • In July, the Festival Committee hosts its night market in the streets of Mariol (free).
  • The second weekend of September, the Festival Committee made his feast day in the village of Mariol (free).
  • In October, the club hosts its Mariolaise Star contest Belotti Decibel and continues to dance at the ball fall.
  • In December, the Festival Committee shows its Christmas market (free), and to finish the year, the eve of International Associations December 31.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Whitewater rafting on the AllierSports sensations20 €Vichy (13.5 km)
Visit a cutlery workshopCraftFreeThiers (18.6 km)
Visit to a knife-maker’s workshopCraftFreeArconsat (24 km)
Sweet cake workshopEntertainment10 €Gannat (25 km)

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French cuisine restaurantÔ fil de l'Ô  
This restaurant is open all year waterfront side Bellerive-sur-Allier. The concept is original as well as a varied menu, O Fil de l'O offers a lounge atmosphere and also a bar atmosphere...
Located 11.6 km from Mariol27 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLes Caudalies  
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Located 12.5 km from Mariol44 € per person 
Italian restaurantRestaurant Italien l'Etna  
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Located 12.8 km from Mariol33 € per person 

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House with 3 bedroomsMoulin de la Planche Ferrand    
In the gorges of the Credogne green and wild in the heart of Park Livradois this old water mill fully restored will be a delightful place for you away from everyday stress, ideal for...
Located 9.8 km from Mariol80 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsMoulin de Champhigne    
Former flour mill dating from 1573, completely restored, located in the Park Livradois-Forez in a green idyllic, natural and preserved, the gorges of the Credogne. You will find tranquility...
Located 10 km from MariolFrom 75 € to 80 € the double room 
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In a privileged and classified, green area along the river, come to discover this former mill eighteenth century function with its fleet of 1.5 hectares, swimming pool, private fis...
Located 12 km from Mariol85 € the double room 

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House for 5 personsGîte aux Tourterelles  
Nice house surrounded by greenery with a beautiful view on the chain of domes. This cottage is located close to the Royal Domain Randan and nearby hiking trails. Plus: bikes are available...
Located 11.2 km from MariolFrom 280 € to 470 € per week 
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A rest, a pleasant holiday in the Green Language of France. For the family, with friends, with couple... The bungalow is in the heart of the Montagne Bourbonnaise, ' The Green Language...
Located 16.6 km from Mariol345 € per week 
House for 50 personsL'ancienne colonie   NEW
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Located 17.8 km from MariolFrom 400 € to 795 € per week 

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89 places over 2,7 haCamping de la croix st Martin (Vichy)    
Family campsite, open from 10 April to 10 October, located in a quiet and green along the river Allier, Vichy and the doors close to the mountain Bourbonnais. Relaxing and spacious....
Located 10.6 km from Mariol 
74 places over 2 haBeau rivage sur les Berges de l'Allier    
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Located 11.6 km from MariolFrom 14.20 € to 19 € per day 

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Auberge Bourbonnaise - Hotel in MariolAuberge Bourbonnaise     
Located in the centre of Saint-Yorre, Auberge Bourbonnaise is 9 km from Vichy and its Golf Couse. It offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a terrace with parasols and free Wi-Fi...
Located 5.5 km from MariolRoom from 60 €
Hotel du Centre Randan - Hotel in MariolHotel du Centre Randan 
Offering a restaurant, Hotel du Centre Randan is located in Randan. Free WiFi access is available. The hotel is 13 km from Vichy thermal city. Each room here will provide you with a...
Located 11.1 km from MariolRoom from 98 €
Hotel Parc Rive Gauche - Hotel in MariolHotel Parc Rive Gauche     
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Located 12.2 km from MariolRoom from 50 €

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