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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Small village of Cantal in Auvergne region Rhône-Alpes, Menet takes place at the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes, on the banks of a natural lake about fifteen hectares. It is located eighty kilometers from Aurillac, near Trizac Riom-es-Montagnes and Sauvat.

Extensive, the common Menet was born in the nineteenth century from the merger with Lagane and Albania, by order of King Louis Philippe. Very old, the city has seen human occupation since Gallo-Roman times, as evidenced by the remains of the ancient oppidum of the Puy de Menoyre but began to really develop in the course of the Middle Ages with the construction Abbey nearby Brocq.

Today the city continues Auvergne seduce visitors passing through its amazing architectural and natural heritage but also by its cultural dynamism.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.2961170 (N 45° 17’ 46”)
Longitude2.5861410 (E 2° 35’ 10”)
AltitudeFrom 579m to 980m
Surface area29.86 km²
Population580 inhabitants
Density19 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (78 km, 1h19)
Insee code15124
IntercommunalityCC du Pays Gentiane
TerritoriesAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

La Monselie4.2 km (6 min)
Valette5.4 km (8 min)
Riom-ès-Montagnes7.3 km (13 min)
Saint-Étienne-de-Chomeil7.8 km (12 min)
Vebret8.9 km (13 min)
Antignac9.1 km (12 min)
Le Monteil9.7 km (15 min)
Trizac10.3 km (15 min)
Apchon13 km (20 min)
Collandres13.4 km (23 min)
Saint-Hippolyte15.9 km (25 min)
Saint-Amandin17.4 km (25 min)
Auzers18.1 km (25 min)
Moussages18.2 km (24 min)
Sauvat18.6 km (27 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the twelfth century, formerly the St. Peter church was a priory of the Saint-Rémy and Saint Germain Bort. Romanesque style, it has undergone several transformations over the centuries with a north chapel of the fifteenth century or raised lantern tower with a bell octagonal spire framing the seventeenth century. Inside, it is possible to admire a mainly furniture of the nineteenth century, as well as a forum and a neo-Gothic pulpit. The whole building was built in volcanic stone, Brocq stone, with some siding brown breach. Listed building, St Peter's Church is one of the architectural gems of the village Auvergne.

Walking through the village and its surroundings, you will discover several communal ovens of all styles like Brocq, Creyssac, the Liocan, the Cheyrier, La Roucoule or Monsistrier. Several roadside crosses can also be admired at Menet, just like old washing.

Be sure to admire the village of Broc in volcanic tuff, observe the remains of the castle of La Clidelle or to explore the Carolingian vestiges of the Puy de Menoyre.

The outdoor living enthusiasts will also enjoy doing some hiking to discover the Menet glacial lake or gorge Sumène.

The trail of stones, with its incredible sculptures whose number increases every year, also deserves your attention if you are passing through the area.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

In early July, up to Menet Fest with games intervillages, parades of floats or fireworks.

In July the town hosts the International Symposium of stone carvings and many events around art.

The lake festival is held in early August with its fishing contests, entertainment for all ages and musical aperitif.

In October, up to the fair of Saint-Martin with its regional market, its garage sale, musical entertainment or exposure of old vehicles.

Country Producers' Markets


Tuesday 9 august
Min. 14°C - Max. 29°C
Wednesday 10 august
Min. 16°C - Max. 31°C
Thursday 11 august
Min. 16°C - Max. 32°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tasting in an artisanal biscuit factory
Local flavours3 € Trizac (6 km)
Wakeboarding with a water-skiing school
Sports sensations20 € Lanobre (17.4 km)
All-terrain electric scooter trek
Sports sensations34 € Lanobre (17.5 km)
Water park on the beach at Val Castle
Sports sensations6 € to 20 € Lanobre (17.6 km)
Maiden flight above the Cantal mountains
Sports sensations50 € to 350 € Coltines (40 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Stones and flowers: our paths of discovery
Car itineraryEasy35 minRiom-ès-Montagnes (5.9 km)
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (17.4 km)
From Seyviolle to Tiolade
HikeIntermediate2h00Veyrières (17.5 km)
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1h00Fontanges (21 km)
Ascent of the Col de la Geneste
Cycling itineraryIntermediate40 minPicherande (26 km)


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