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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Saignes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

This pretty village of medieval origin, is bathed by the warm climate of the valley Sumène. Built at the foot of two ancient volcanoes, the village of Saignes is enhanced by the strength of its many shops. The beautiful houses of the place testify to a rich past, like the Romanesque chapel perched on a volcanic outcrop and the remains of the castle which emerge a special atmosphere.

Geographical information

Latitude45.3358420 (N 45° 20’ 9”)
Longitude2.4790890 (E 2° 28’ 45”)
AltitudeFrom 442m to 780m
Surface area6.81 km²
Population903 inhabitants
Density132 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (74 km, 1h13)
Insee code15169
IntercommunalityCC Sumène - Artense

Nearest cities & towns

Sauvat4.5 km (9 min)
Ydes5.4 km (7 min)
Vebret5.8 km (10 min)
Le Monteil6 km (9 min)
Madic8 km (12 min)
Bort-les-Orgues9.5 km (12 min)
Champagnac9.6 km (14 min)
Bassignac9.8 km (11 min)
Antignac10.3 km (11 min)
La Monselie10.5 km (17 min)
Trizac13 km (17 min)
Auzers13.1 km (21 min)
Saint-Pierre13.4 km (20 min)

Things to see and do

Holy Cross Church of the 12th century.

Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-castle (XII century).

Puy de Saignes: A footpath leads to the summit of the Puy dominated by a beautiful metal cross. A tool for reading the landscape as well as picnic tables are installed.

Places of interest

Information points


Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Château
Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Château
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Puy de Saignes
Puy de Saignes
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Église Sainte-Croix
Église Sainte-Croix
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Place Saignes
Place Saignes
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Friday 9 october
Min. 0°C - Max. 15°C
Saturday 10 october
Min. 2°C - Max. 17°C
Sunday 11 october
Min. 2°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Green slope: old railway 14 km tarred with the possibility to practice cycling, rollerblading, scooter Bassignac to Vebret.

Nautical and beach on Lake Lastioulles: pedal boat rentals, catamarans, dinghies, canoes, kayaks and surfboards; lessons and courses at different levels.

Many hiking trails: guidebook "Roads Sumène Artense" (25 hiking trails - 12 road bike - Tour de Pays) on sale at the Tourist Offices.

Chastel Marlhac tray (Le Monteil), view of the mountains of Sancy.

Roc Vignonnet (Antignac) view of the valley Sumène, 12th century chapel.

Museum of mine Champagnac exhibitions tools, accessories and pictures, movie, model. Open in July and August. Tel. : +33 4 71 69 61 55.

Museum of butterflies and insects of the world Ydes-Bourg: open in July and August. Tel. : +33 4 71 40 82 51.

Treasury of Sacred Art in Ydes-Bourg: open in July and August. Tel. : +33 4 71 40 82 51.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Introduction to watercolour: Travelogue
Arts and Crafts150 € Moussages (10.3 km)
Fly fishing at the Veirières estate
Nature and the great outdoors26 € to 47 € Saint-Vincent-de-Salers (15.1 km)
Fly-fishing for wild brown trout
Sports sensations25 € to 39 € Riom-ès-Montagnes (16.6 km)
Visit a mohair farm
Arts and Crafts3 € Le Vernet-Sainte-Marguerite (47 km)
Maiden hot air balloon flight
Nature and the great outdoors239 € Coltines (50 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (21 km)
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1h00Fontanges (25 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals