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A charming little town in Haute-Loire, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region Aiguilhe sits on the edge of Puy-en-Velay, between 600 and 750 meters. Crossed by the via Podiensis, the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela which crosses the Puy, it lies close to Polignac Ceyssac and Cussac-sur-Loire.

rural town, Aiguilhe known human occupation for many centuries, as evidenced by the remains found on site. Its history is closely linked to the pilgrimage to Compostela and to the Puy-en-Velay, its nearest neighbor.

Aiguilhe continues to charm visitors with its incredible scenery today, as much as by its rich architectural and historical heritage. The town has indeed beautiful religious monuments to discover during a stay in the region.

Geographical information

Latitude45.0493960 (N 45° 2’ 58”)
Longitude3.8831580 (E 3° 52’ 59”)
AltitudeFrom 609m to 751m
Surface area1.10 km²
Population1618 inhabitants
Density1470 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Puy-en-Velay (1420 yd, 3 min)
Insee code43002
IntercommunalityCA du Puy-en-Velay
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Le Puy-en-Velay1420 yd (3 min)
Espaly-Saint-Marcel1.2 mi (4 min)
Vals-près-le-Puy1.7 mi (8 min)
Chadrac2.3 mi (9 min)
Brives-Charensac2.9 mi (10 min)
Le Monteil2.9 mi (10 min)
Polignac3.9 mi (10 min)
Ceyssac4.5 mi (11 min)
Coubon5.5 mi (16 min)
Cussac-sur-Loire5.7 mi (16 min)
Saint-Germain-Laprade5.8 mi (14 min)
Blanzac6 mi (13 min)
Sanssac-l'Église6.2 mi (14 min)
Blavozy6.3 mi (13 min)

Things to see and do

Old volcano chimney out of the water there are several hundreds of thousands of years, the rock of Aiguilhe still stands proudly on the town. If time and erosion have sharply attacked its size, the rock, however, keeps the shape of a slender cone of more than eighty meters high. At its peak, after a path of 268 steps, you can admire the Saint-Michel chapel, religious building rich in interest and appreciated for its incredible architecture. Opened in the second half of the tenth century, it is enlarged in the following century. Even today, lovers of old stones can admire the gate adorned with a bow polylobé of Mozarabic influence, or even the beautiful façade of black stone mosaic, gray, red and white, with a low half of the nineteenth century a high half of the twelfth. Be sure not to admire, protected by a gate, a reliquary Christ, a hotel in the Byzantine ivory twelfth century or second reliquary thirteenth. All around the building, a pleasant walkway offers breathtaking views of the city of Puy-en-Velay and its magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral.

Located in the heart of the town, the St. Clair chapel was originally the funeral chapel of St. Nicolas of Aiguilhe hospital. Built in the twelfth century on an octagonal plan with apse, it takes place on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Diana. Not far away, seduced by a stone cross of the fifteenth century storied on both sides, or a fountain nineteenth century Gothic-inspired and listed historical monument.

Listed historic monument, the bridge of Estroulhas extends more than 200 meters long and 5 meters wide, the river Borne. According to studies, its equipment dates from pre-Roman.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Different tarot competitions are offered throughout the year.

In September, to party Honey with tastings and entertainment. The program, a market, a juried exhibition or musical festivities.


Dyke of Aiguilhe, chapel built in the eleventh century at its summit
Dyke of Aiguilhe, chapel built in the eleventh century at its summit
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Tuesday 14 july
Min. 10°C - Max. 25°C
Wednesday 15 july
Min. 12°C - Max. 24°C
Thursday 16 july
Min. 11°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rail bike ride on an old railway line
Sports sensations30 € to 38 € Pradelles (19.6 mi)
Segway trip
Entertainment30 € Tence (20 mi)
Donkey trek for the whole family
Nature and the great outdoors50 € Laval-sur-Doulon (26 mi)
Modelling sculpture course
Arts and Crafts60 € Saint-Jean-Roure (28 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
HikeEasy3h00Brives-Charensac (2.1 mi)
Around the Loire
HikeEasy1h30Lavoûte-sur-Loire (4.9 mi)
The Corboeuf Ravines
HikeEasy1h30Rosières (7.6 mi)
Land of legends
Car itineraryEasy2h00Vorey (9.6 mi)
Trees and legends in the Loire gorges
HikeEasy45 minRetournac (12.9 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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