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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

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

Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Lavaudieu is a small town in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes located in the department of Haute-Loire. Near Brioude, it is also crossed by the Sénouire.

The village of Lavaudieu was born at the beginning of the eleventh century with the foundation of the abbey Saint-André. Today, it develops an important tourist activity because of its rich architectural heritage and its authentic side.

The medieval narrow alleys and the typical houses of the regional architecture make it a place appreciated by visitors and lovers of old stones and history. This old rural village has lost nothing of its traditions and still unveils today the way of life of former times, particularly through its museum of arts and folk traditions.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.2631040 (N 45° 15’ 47”)
Longitude3.4540360 (E 3° 27’ 15”)
AltitudeFrom 438m to 727m
Surface area17.54 km²
Population235 inhabitants
Density13 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Puy-en-Velay (54 km, 51 min)
Insee code43117
IntercommunalityCC du Brivadois
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Frugières-le-Pin4.3 km (8 min)
Fontannes4.5 km (9 min)
Javaugues5.3 km (11 min)
Domeyrat6.4 km (10 min)
La Chomette6.8 km (12 min)
Vieille-Brioude8.2 km (14 min)
Lamothe8.8 km (15 min)
Brioude9 km (15 min)
Vals-le-Chastel9.8 km (14 min)
Chaniat9.8 km (17 min)
Salzuit10.3 km (16 min)
Saint-Préjet-Armandon10.6 km (16 min)
Paulhaguet11.2 km (17 min)
Paulhac12 km (19 min)
Saint-Privat-du-Dragon12.1 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Inhabited by Benedictine nuns until the French Revolution, Saint-André Abbey of Lavaudieu was built in the middle of the eleventh century by St. Robert of Turlande. Today, it is the only Romanesque abbey in Auvergne to have preserved its cloister, and it presents in its interior Romanesque frescoes, including a Byzantine fresco in the former refectory. The Saint-André Abbey is listed and classified as a Historic Monument for its various elements. It still has an 11th-century church, a 12th-century cloister, and a more recent refectory. The bell-tower of the church, truncated to the Revolution, reveals in a rather original way a pike and a Phrygian cap at its summit.

The village also presents a museum of arts and folk traditions that unveils life in Lavaudieu, formerly, as well as different collections around this small rural community.

Walking along the narrow streets, you will discover traditional vineyard houses with golden stones and round tiles, vegetable gardens around the abbey, or the banks arranged for walks along the banks of the Sénouire. In the village, an iron cross of the mid-eighteenth century still stands proudly.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

In July, the festival of the barrel dates from the French Revolution and today offers various animations such as a tournament of petanque, a "casser de biches" with a barrel of wine, fireworks, or even musical performances.

In September, the town proposes a festival of rock music.


The church
The church
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The central place
The central place
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 26°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 21°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse rides in wild Upper Allier
Nature and the great outdoors20 € to 350 € Langeac (20 km)
Tour of a manual woodturning workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeArlanc (29 km)
Visit of a craft biscuit factory
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Rémy-de-Chargnat (30 km)
Well-being and beauty treatments at a Cinqs Mondes Spa
Well-being69 € Issoire (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (11.2 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (20 km)
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu (20 km)
Palette of religious buildings nuanced with Romanesque art
Car itineraryEasy1h30Issoire (35 km)
Land of legends
Car itineraryEasy2h00Vorey (37 km)


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