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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Mauriac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Located northwest of the Cantal, the city of Mauriac is located at an average altitude of 700 meters, between the valley of the Dordogne, now classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and the Puy Mary. It is crossed by the Green Meridian, the former meridian of Paris before choosing Greenwich as the prime meridian.

Bordering the Auze, on the edge of Corrèze, the city of Mauriac is a boutique town with many natural charms. It owes its particular beauty to a seven amphitheater dominated hill and visible from the artificial lake of the city.

City tourism, thanks to the presence of very modern facilities, the city of Mauriac also has a very nice set of sites classified as an historic monument that enhance the surrounding greenery. Animated, this city of Cantal also offers a wide panel of leisure site, like its lake and its beach where watersports are galore.

Hiking and cultural walks are also on the agenda of this city full of charm and where peace reigns supreme.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.2178890 (N 45° 13’ 4”)
Longitude2.3323910 (E 2° 19’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 351m to 760m
Surface area27.61 km²
Population3701 inhabitants
Density134 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (51 km, 52 min)
Insee code15120
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Mauriac
TerritoriesAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Le Vigean2.3 km (5 min)
Salins6.8 km (9 min)
Sourniac8.2 km (12 min)
Chalvignac8.6 km (11 min)
Jaleyrac8.9 km (12 min)
Anglards-de-Salers9.3 km (13 min)
Drugeac9.7 km (16 min)
Ally9.9 km (12 min)
Escorailles10.2 km (14 min)
Arches12 km (18 min)
Chaussenac14.3 km (20 min)
Méallet14.8 km (20 min)
Brageac15.2 km (23 min)
Moussages16.1 km (21 min)
Barriac-les-Bosquets16.3 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

Mauriac has the advantage of being a city rich in natural heritage, but also architectural, with in particular many monuments classified or registered in the inventory of Historic Monuments.

A building in the Auvergne Romanesque style, the Notre-Dame-des-Miracles basilica was built in the 12th century from freestone. In particular, you can admire a carved Languedoc portal unique in Haute Auvergne, as well as a Renaissance-style sculpted door. Inside, baroque-style furniture and a polychrome Romanesque baptismal font complete the ensemble. It should also be noted that various objects have been classified as historical artistic objects, such as a painting of the miracles of the Virgin or an eagle lectern from the 18th century.

Walking through Mauriac, you can discover the remains of the monastery of St. Peter, built in the 12th century on the site of a Carolingian monastery and an ancient pagan temple dedicated to Mercury.

Installed in the former outbuildings of Saint-Pierre monastery, the Mauriac museum consists of beautiful vaulted rooms. You can regularly admire exceptional exhibitions on the art of local artists.

The Hôtel d'Orcet, which now houses the sub-prefecture, is a must-see monument in Mauriac. Built in the 18th century from a 15th century tower, it notably has a ceremonial living room with Aubusson tapestries, as well as beautiful woodwork. Above the portal of the entrance to the courtyard, a tympanum represents Samson slaying a lion.

In the historic town, it is possible to see the old city walls, thanks to the presence of numerous dry stone walls.

The artificial lake of Mauriac allows you to enjoy various leisure activities. In addition to swimming, it is possible to learn about pedal boats or kayaking. The town is also home to a nine-hole golf course, as well as tennis and pétanque courts.

A walk is offered to you over a distance of 4 km, a few minutes walk down town, Lake Saint-Jean.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Town Cantal, Mauriac no shortage of entertainment and other festivities to attract visitors.

Each year, on Monday from 15h to 18h, the city of Mauriac offers a cattle market. The first Sunday of every month, a flea market is also installed in the city.

In August, place regional customs festival, which is an opportunity to learn a little more about the Cantal culture and the lifestyle of the inhabitants once.

In October, the city of Mauriac a journey to the festival History of images. On this occasion, many animated films are presented, and workshops and conferences help to learn about this art so special.


Boating lake of Mauriac
Boating lake of Mauriac
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Romanesque church of Mauriac
Romanesque church of Mauriac
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La Salers
La Salers
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Boating lake of Mauriac
Boating lake of Mauriac
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Puy Mary
Puy Mary
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Sunday 23 june
Min. 11°C - Max. 19°C
Monday 24 june
Min. 11°C - Max. 24°C
Tuesday 25 june
Min. 12°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

To discover: the Puy Mary, Vulcania, the Col de Légal, the Val Saint-Jean.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Wakeboarding with a water-skiing school
Sports sensations20 € Lanobre (28 km)
Snowshoeing around Le Lioran, Cantal Massif
Sports sensations25 € Laveissière (36 km)
Snowshoeing on the peaks of Le Lioran, Cantal Massif
Sports sensations35 € Laveissière (36 km)
Discover snowshoeing with the family at Lioran
Nature and the great outdoors30 € Laveissière (36 km)
Night snowshoeing and sledging trip to Le Buron, Le Lioran
Nature and the great outdoors50 € Laveissière (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
From Seyviolle to Tiolade
HikeIntermediate2:00Veyrières (13.9 km)
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1:00Fontanges (17.7 km)
The banks
HikeEasy2:15Argentat-sur-Dordogne (34 km)
Heritage tour
HikeEasy40 minArgentat-sur-Dordogne (34 km)
Font de Cère (Le Puy Griou) in Saint Jacques des Blats
HikeIntermediate3:05Saint-Jacques-des-Blats (35 km)

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