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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

Chilhac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

Small medieval village of Haute-Loire, above the Allier, Chilhac takes place on a cliff, just fifty kilometers from the tourist town of Puy-en-Velay. It is located near Blassac, Aubazat and Langeac, in the heart of a particularly dry micro-climate.

Populated since prehistoric times, the territory of Chilhac has been quietly developed until the wars of religion with Protestant attacks in the course of the 16th century. Formerly focused on agriculture and livestock, the small town is now turned to tourism, unveiling to visitors passing a charming architectural heritage, as well as unique and preserved landscapes.

Fans of outdoor sports and nature will be delighted with this space and will enjoy a peaceful life during their holidays in the region.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.1586780 (N 45° 9’ 31”)
Longitude3.4379910 (E 3° 26’ 17”)
AltitudeFrom 468m to 780m
Surface area4.11 km²
Population196 inhabitants
Density47 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Puy-en-Velay (48 km, 48 min)
Insee code43070
IntercommunalityCC des Rives du Haut-Allier
TerritoriesAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Lavoûte-Chilhac4.5 km (8 min)
Aubazat4.6 km (8 min)
Cerzat5 km (9 min)
Saint-Privat-du-Dragon5.3 km (8 min)
Saint-Cirgues6.8 km (9 min)
Couteuges7.3 km (13 min)
Blassac8.5 km (13 min)
Arlet8.6 km (12 min)
Salzuit10 km (12 min)
La Chomette10.1 km (11 min)
Paulhaguet10.2 km (15 min)
Saint-Georges-d'Aurac10.4 km (15 min)
Langeac10.6 km (15 min)
Saint-Austremoine11.1 km (18 min)
Ferrussac12.3 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

While strolling in the fortified village installed at the top of its basaltic cliff, you will benefit from an impregnable view on the valley of the Allier. You can also discover here the Saint-Honorat church, a Romanesque building of the 12th century, now listed as a Historical Monument. There are also some remains of the old medieval castle.

Do not miss to admire during your walk the entrance porch of the fifteenth century, or the suspension bridge of the late nineteenth century.

The museum of paleontology allows to learn a little more about life, fauna and flora in the region in prehistoric times through collections of objects, bones or fossils found in the area during excavations archaeological. Temporary exhibitions are offered throughout the year.

On the banks of the Allier, a base of canoe-kayak has been arranged to enjoy the beautiful days. Several marked hiking trails are also available.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities


Chilhac on a cliff
Chilhac on a cliff
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Shore Allier
Shore Allier
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A mammoth tusk Southern Museum of Paleontology
A mammoth tusk Southern Museum of Paleontology
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Tuesday 7 december
Min. -3°C - Max. 8°C
Wednesday 8 december
Min. 1°C - Max. 7°C
Thursday 9 december
Min. -3°C - Max. 5°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Yoga & Ayurveda Course
Well-being170 € to 280 € Connangles (23 km)
French classes in a picturesque village
Culture and education40 € to 100 € Blesle (28 km)
Guided boat ride on Lake Garabit-Grandval
Nature and the great outdoors60 € to 180 € Val d'Arcomie (30 km)
House of Amethyst
Entertainment3 € Le Vernet-Chaméane (35 km)
Maiden flight above the Cantal mountains
Sports sensations50 € to 350 € Coltines (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Allègre at both volcanoes
HikeIntermediate1h40Allègre (22 km)
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (23 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (27 km)
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu (27 km)
Volcano Circuit in Freedom - Aiguilhe
HikeEasy25 minAiguilhe (37 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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