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Small village in Auvergne, Montsalvy reveals its charms in the heart of the Cantal department. Located in the district of Aurillac, near Arpajon-sur-Cere, the town was founded at the end of the eleventh century as a monastery.

Even today, the village of Montsalvy appeals to lovers of old stones who find here an exceptional historical heritage. Former capital of the country Veinazès, the town is also known for its natural setting, making it a privileged site to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing or canoeing.

The various tourist facilities and other services make Montsalvy a popular destination for holidaymakers who enjoy the peace and beauty of this site Cantal.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.7072940 (N 44° 42’ 26”)
Longitude2.5000470 (E 2° 30’ 0”)
AltitudeFrom 269m to 822m
Surface area20.29 km²
Population871 inhabitants
Density42 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (32 km, 35 min)
Insee code15134
IntercommunalityCC de la Châtaigneraie Cantalienne
TerritoriesAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Junhac6.7 km (11 min)
Lapeyrugue6.8 km (10 min)
Ladinhac7.9 km (9 min)
Labesserette8.1 km (9 min)
Le Fel8.8 km (12 min)
Sansac-Veinazès9.5 km (12 min)
Lafeuillade-en-Vézie11.6 km (11 min)
Sénezergues11.8 km (19 min)
Lacapelle-del-Fraisse12.6 km (11 min)
Entraygues-sur-Truyère12.9 km (14 min)
Vieillevie13.2 km (19 min)
Leucamp14 km (17 min)
Prunet17.6 km (19 min)
Puycapel18.4 km (23 min)
Cassaniouze19.3 km (25 min)

Things to see and do

The tourist sites to discover are not lacking in the village of Montsalvy, whether from a cultural or natural point of view.

The abbey has vestiges of what was one of the most important abbeys in the region. One can still discover the cloister Saint-Gausbert, a chapter house with a treasure of cantonal art, or the refectory of the monks. The latter shelters a beautiful ogival vault with some sculptures, as well as pretty columns. Also note the present of the chapel of Reclus dedicated to Mary Magdalene, not far.

Bourgeois residence, the castle of Montsalvy still has a beautiful tower built in the 15th century. Although it now houses a retirement home, it can still be admired from outside, including the traces of ancient walls.

The church of Montsalvy has a beautiful Romanesque chevet dating from the 10th century.

While walking in the village, visitors will also appreciate the Tisserand house, a fountain of the nineteenth century, or a beautiful half-timbered house of medieval times. Not far, the watchtower is a house with turret.

In the summer season, the village offers the Catine, a reconstruction of an old Auvergne interior with guided tours.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Montsalvy The market is held every Thursday morning and Saturday evening in the village hall.

The last Saturday of July, the festival offers Montsalvy baskets with basketry workshops, a market, tastings and animations.

Round of Chestnut Grove is organized every year at the beginning of November. The event program, a foot race in relays, as well as hiking and a trip to the ATV.


Thursday 25 february
Min. 4°C - Max. 18°C
Friday 26 february
Min. 3°C - Max. 18°C
Saturday 27 february
Min. 2°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit Benoit the artisan's cutlery workshop
Arts and CraftsLaguiole (28 km)
Walk with a donkey
Nature and the great outdoors30 € Espalion (30 km)
Visit to a mosaic studio
Arts and CraftsCapdenac (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Medieval city of Montsalvy
HikeEasy20 minMontsalvy
Medieval city of Marcolès
HikeIntermediate20 minMarcolès (14.3 km)
Medieval city of Maurs the Pretty
HikeEasy20 minMaurs (24 km)
Around Malepeyre
HikeEasy1h30Capdenac-Gare (36 km)
Medieval city of La Roquebrou
HikeIntermediate30 minLaroquebrou (38 km)


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