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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Bassignac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Along the river Sumène, swollen by the waters of March and Marilhou, the village of Wends reveals, behind its green, a history dating back to the 9th century. Overlooking the valley, on a rocky promontory are the ruins of the beautiful and equally important fortress de Charlus (XII) where you can access, with a little effort, by a path and discover a superb panoramic view of the country.

Back in the village, a road to Saint Jacques de Compostela along the river to the chapel (XI-XII), trodden by the pilgrims were welcomed to the house of the priory (XVIII). This sumptuous home (private property), built on the very site of a priory founded by Artaud de Charlus in the 10th century, contains sets included in the inventory of historical monuments. The chapel of Saint-Jacques draws a bell wall with two windows and surmounted by a cross inside the building is sober, revealing traces of the Romanesque period, capitals, bases of columns ... The granite cross in front of the chapel is the remnant of an ancient cemetery.

Finally, one can not evoke the metal viaduct built in 1893, 366.90 meters long and 46 meters high which stresses the importance of railway heritage Cantal and keeps the memory of the coal mines until the year 50, the Juvenile cited for its part, beautifully restored, was transformed into a holiday village.

Geographical information

Latitude45.3175600 (N 45° 19’ 3”)
Longitude2.4079680 (E 2° 24’ 29”)
AltitudeFrom 359m to 671m
Surface area11.95 km²
Population234 inhabitants
Density19 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (66 km, 1h05)
Insee code15019
IntercommunalityCC Sumène - Artense
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Sauvat4.3 km (10 min)
Ydes4.7 km (6 min)
Veyrières5.3 km (9 min)
Jaleyrac8.8 km (12 min)
Champagnac9.1 km (12 min)
Saignes9.8 km (11 min)
Madic12 km (15 min)
Méallet12 km (16 min)
Saint-Pierre12.9 km (18 min)
Auzers13 km (23 min)
Bort-les-Orgues13.5 km (15 min)
Le Monteil14.1 km (19 min)
Antignac14.4 km (14 min)
Sourniac14.4 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Peak Charlus, wearing the remains of one of the most important strongholds of the Haute-Auvergne offers a wide panorama of the gorges of the Dordogne Cantal Mountains, which alone deserves the effort to climb up top.

The workshop wicker Vendes: a osiériculteur-weaver offers from Monday to Friday from 9h to 12h and from 15h to 18h, objects creations and traditional objects made from wicker willow its . Tel. : +33 4 71 69 46 85.

The garden delirious offset, confusing, strange ... It is a colorful garden, plants, textiles, dyeing and vegetables, dressed delusions of wool and cotton from recycled fabrics. Taped trees, stones cravatées, swaddled objects, fruits and vegetables wool puppet ... a surprise at every step ... The garden costume changes every season, over the inspiration of Michèle Dallon, weaver, textile artist and gardener . A soft and cozy little world, poetry and art, where the real merges with fantasy. For children and adults. Open daily all year from 10am to 20pm. Guided tours by appointment (minimum 5 people). Fee. Reservations required. Tel. : +33 4 71 67 32 50 - Email:

Events and festivities

A Wends:

July 14: garage sale, collections, market creation, exhibition of two wheels (bikes - bikes-older engines, all ages); opening of the exhibition of Espavents on Bird Island, videowall in the village with photos of Espavents the previous year.

August 15: Feast viaduct: picnic villagers exposure.


Pic de Charlus
Pic de Charlus
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Chapel of Saint-Jacques Wends
Chapel of Saint-Jacques Wends
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Viaduct Wends
Viaduct Wends
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 25°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 9°C - Max. 20°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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

Puy de Saignes dominated by a metal cross (reading tool landscape).

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
Wakeboarding with a water-skiing school
Sports sensations18 € Lanobre (15.9 km)
Sothys botanical and contemporary gardens
Nature and the great outdoors4 € to 6 € Auriac (24 km)
Horse ride in the Malesse Forest
Sports sensations18 € to 145 € Saint-Privat (34 km)
Les Têtes en l’air Adventure Park
Entertainment10 € to 19 € Saint-Priest-de-Gimel (42 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1h00Fontanges (24 km)
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (27 km)
The fountains and bread ovens tour
HikeIntermediate5h00Sérilhac (59 km)


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