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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Located northwest of the Cantal, the city of Mauriac is located at an average altitude of 700 meters, between the valley of the Dordogne, now classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and the Puy Mary. It is crossed by the Green Meridian, the former meridian of Paris before choosing Greenwich as the prime meridian.

Bordering the Auze, on the edge of Corrèze, the city of Mauriac is a boutique town with many natural charms. It owes its particular beauty to a seven amphitheater dominated hill and visible from the artificial lake of the city.

City tourism, thanks to the presence of very modern facilities, the city of Mauriac also has a very nice set of sites classified as an historic monument that enhance the surrounding greenery. Animated, this city of Cantal also offers a wide panel of leisure site, like its lake and its beach where watersports are galore.

Hiking and cultural walks are also on the agenda of this city full of charm and where peace reigns supreme.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.2178890 (N 45° 13’ 4”)
Longitude2.3323910 (E 2° 19’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 351m to 760m
Surface area27.61 km²
Population4022 inhabitants
Density145 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (51 km, 52 min)
Insee code15120
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Mauriac

Nearest cities & towns

Le Vigean2.3 km (5 min)
Salins6.8 km (9 min)
Sourniac8.2 km (12 min)
Chalvignac8.6 km (11 min)
Jaleyrac8.9 km (12 min)
Anglards-de-Salers9.3 km (13 min)
Drugeac9.7 km (16 min)
Ally9.9 km (12 min)
Escorailles10.2 km (14 min)
Arches12 km (18 min)
Chaussenac14.3 km (20 min)
Méallet14.8 km (20 min)
Brageac15.2 km (23 min)
Moussages16.1 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

Mauriac has the advantage of being a city rich in natural heritage, but also architecture, including many monuments or listed in the inventory of Historical Monuments.

Auvergne Romanesque style building, the Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles was undertaken in the twelfth century from ashlars. One can admire such a unique sculptured portal Languedoc High Auvergne, and a carved Renaissance door. Inside, the Baroque-style furniture and a polychrome Romanesque baptismal font parfont all. Also note that different objects have been classified historical artistic objects, like a picture of the miracles of the Virgin or a lectern eagle eighteenth century.

Walking through Mauriac, one can discover the Saint Peter monastery ruins built in the twelfth century on the site of a Carolingian monastery and an ancient pagan temple dedicated to Mercury.

Housed in the old outbuildings of St. Peter Monastery, Mauriac museum consists of beautiful vaulted rooms. Regularly you can admire exceptional exhibitions on the art of local artists.

The hotel Orcet, which now hosts the sub-prefecture, is a stunning monument of Mauriac. Built in the eighteenth century from a tower of the fifteenth century, it has a particularly ceremonial salon with Aubusson tapestries and beautiful woodwork. Above the portal of entrance to the courtyard, a tympanum represents Samson slaying a lion.

In the historic town, it is possible to see the ancient walls of the city, thanks to the presence of numerous dry stone walls.

The artificial lake of Mauriac can enjoy various leisure activities. Besides swimming, you can learn to paddle boat or kayak. The city also has a nine-hole golf course and tennis courts or bowling.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Town Cantal, Mauriac no shortage of entertainment and other festivities to attract visitors.

Each year, on Monday from 15h to 18h, the city of Mauriac offers a cattle market. The first Sunday of every month, a flea market is also installed in the city.

In August, place regional customs festival, which is an opportunity to learn a little more about the Cantal culture and the lifestyle of the inhabitants once.

In October, the city of Mauriac a journey to the festival History of images. On this occasion, many animated films are presented, and workshops and conferences help to learn about this art so special.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Introduction to watercolour: Travelogue
Arts and Crafts150 € Moussages (11.3 km)
Fly fishing at the Veirières estate
Nature and the great outdoors26 € to 47 € Saint-Vincent-de-Salers (18.1 km)
Fly-fishing for wild brown trout
Sports sensations25 € to 39 € Riom-ès-Montagnes (29 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1h00Fontanges (17.7 km)
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (38 km)
The fountains and bread ovens tour
HikeIntermediate5h00Sérilhac (50 km)
Puy de Mont Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Vayrac (58 km)


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