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Small village in Auvergne, Montsalvy reveals its charms in the heart of the Cantal department. Located in the district of Aurillac, near Arpajon-sur-Cere, the town was founded at the end of the eleventh century as a monastery.

Even today, the village of Montsalvy appeals to lovers of old stones who find here an exceptional historical heritage. Former capital of the country Veinazès, the town is also known for its natural setting, making it a privileged site to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing or canoeing.

The various tourist facilities and other services make Montsalvy a popular destination for holidaymakers who enjoy the peace and beauty of this site Cantal.

Geographical information

Latitude44.7072940 (N 44° 42’ 26”)
Longitude2.5000470 (E 2° 30’ 0”)
AltitudeFrom 269m to 822m
Surface area20.29 km²
Population896 inhabitants
Density44 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (32 km, 35 min)
Insee code15134
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Montsalvy

Nearest cities & towns

Junhac6.7 km (11 min)
Lapeyrugue6.8 km (10 min)
Ladinhac7.9 km (9 min)
Labesserette8.1 km (9 min)
Le Fel8.8 km (12 min)
Sansac-Veinazès9.5 km (12 min)
Lafeuillade-en-Vézie11.6 km (11 min)
Sénezergues11.8 km (19 min)
Lacapelle-del-Fraisse12.6 km (11 min)
Entraygues-sur-Truyère12.9 km (14 min)
Vieillevie13.2 km (19 min)
Leucamp14 km (17 min)
Prunet17.6 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Attractions to discover no shortage in the village of Montsalvy, either cultural or natural point of view.

The abbey has vestiges of what was one of the most important abbeys of the region. You can still find the Holy Gausbert cloister, a chapter house with a cantonal worship of art treasure, or the monks' refectory. The latter houses a fine pointed arch with some sculptures and beautiful columns. Also note this from the chapel of Recluse dedicated to Mary Magdalene, not far.

mansion, Castle Montsalvy this still a beautiful tower built in the eighteenth century. If it now houses a nursing home, it can still be admired from the outside, including the traces of ancient walls.

The church has a beautiful Montsalvy bedside Romanesque style dating from the tenth century.

Walking through the village, visitors will also enjoy the house of Tisserand, a fountain of the nineteenth century, or a beautiful timber-framed house of medieval times. Not far away, the watchtower is a house with turret.

In the summer, the village offers the Catine, a reconstructed interior Auvergne old with guided tours.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Montsalvy The market is held every Thursday morning and Saturday evening in the village hall.

The last Saturday of July, the festival offers Montsalvy baskets with basketry workshops, a market, tastings and animations.

Round of Chestnut Grove is organized every year at the beginning of November. The event program, a foot race in relays, as well as hiking and a trip to the ATV.


Friday 28 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 16°C
Saturday 29 october
Min. 18°C - Max. 18°C
Sunday 30 october
Min. 17°C - Max. 17°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoeing, kayaking or rafting in the Lot Valley
Sports sensations20 € Vieillevie (8.2 km)
Tour of the Laurens estate and cellars
Local flavours2 € Clairvaux-d'Aveyron (32 km)
Stand-Up-Paddle on Lake Castelnau-Lassouts-Lous
Sports sensations12 € Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt (45 km)
Visit a metalwork artist’s studio
Arts and CraftsFreeSalers (48 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1h00Fontanges (45 km)
Municipality of Tayrac: from the plateau to the valley
HikeEasy2h30Tayrac (60 km)


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