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Saint-Floret - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme

12 km from Issoire, Departmental on 26, in the direction of Besse-en-Chandesse, is a village out of a postcard Saint-Floret. Surrounded by rocks, it looks like these southern villages where light does take different forms depending on the season.

Developed Village at the foot of the castle, dolphins possession before 1225 Auvergne. Roche was named Saint Floret Couze during the Revolution, because the lock formed by two rocky spurs dominate Couze Pavin, a small river that runs through the village. The town is named Saint-Floret compared to the Bishop of Saint-Flour, which was co-bishop of Clermont during the episcopate of St. Gal at the heresy of Arius (fifth century).

Several bridges join the two banks of the river and the old bridge Pède (fifteenth century) whose sole arch door in the middle a chapel housing a virgin majesty, Romanesque polychrome (XIII). When the village was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1944, the only bomb that did not explode was the one who fell under the bridge.

A different architecture adjoining bridge deck miracle for motorists to cross the Couze to climb the rock of Castel.

Saint-Floret can boast of a past where history has left its mark. By climbing lane on the road Clémensat appears a castle from the 13th century. A door opens onto a magnificent hall of knights. If the time worked for the destruction of the murals, he lets find 13 tables (out of 40 originally) depicting the romance of Tristan and Iseult. Among the characters we recognize King Mark, Tristan Léonois, Palamedes, Helis, Morgan le Fay ... These frescoes were executed around 1370 by Pierre-Athon Saint-Floret during the installation of Jean de Berry in Auvergne. This room is built in Gothic cubic grandiose proportions with an edge of about 10 meters. 12 Gothic ribs of a rare elegance will be attached to a beautiful keystone emblazoned representing a human face to the sun. The second room of the castle is open since 2011 and you can discover the panoramic view of the castle keep.

Today the town has about 300 inhabitants in the village and surrounding hamlets that are: La Vigne Grande Orphanges, The Montel Chazérat, Aubignat, The Outside, oak wood.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.5504080 (N 45° 33’ 1”)
Longitude3.1041390 (E 3° 6’ 15”)
AltitudeFrom 476m to 929m
Surface area12.16 km²
Population278 inhabitants
Density22 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureClermont-Ferrand (34 km, 36 min)
Insee code63342
IntercommunalityCC des Puys et Couzes
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Clémensat2 km (5 min)
Saint-Vincent2.8 km (5 min)
Saint-Cirgues-sur-Couze3.7 km (6 min)
Chidrac3.9 km (6 min)
Montaigut-le-Blanc4.9 km (10 min)
Meilhaud5.5 km (8 min)
Saurier5.9 km (8 min)
Champeix6.7 km (12 min)
Pardines7 km (12 min)
Tourzel-Ronzières7.1 km (14 min)
Perrier8 km (11 min)
Chadeleuf8.2 km (12 min)
Grandeyrolles8.6 km (15 min)
Courgoul8.8 km (12 min)
Ludesse10.1 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Visit the castle and the site of Chastel with experienced guides from June to October.

The village church of the 18th century : Its facade section of wall supports a tower of the 19th century. Baroque furniture is from the same era.

A unique setting with a grotto and a mineral spring.

The source of Lion's Head : Of the 600 mineral springs found in Auvergne, is undoubtedly that of Saint-Floret which is one of the most impressive. The most spectacular of its characteristics derived from its shape due to the mineralization of the water. The " Lion's Head " is actually made ​​up of a rock called travertine resulting from continuous deposition of limestone carried by water

Group tours guided by a guide can take place throughout the year. Make an appointment at City Hall, Place de la Treille at +33 4 73 71 10 39 - Email:

During the months of June, July, August and September, you have a point " Tourist Info " to guide you through your visits and you discover the heritage. Information on +33 4 73 54 90 66 The Point " Tourist Info " is open from April to September every day except Thursday all day and Friday mornings ; in April, May and until June 14, from 14h to 18h. From June 15 to September 22, a tour guide welcomes you from 10:30 to 13h and 14h to 18h. Guided tours are held daily in the morning at 10.45 am and afternoon from 14h. Meet at the Point " Tourist Info ", instead of June 30, 1944.

Beautiful tourist circuits were developed between the various sites of the town. From the village, you can visit the castle, go through the old bridge on which is placed a beautiful Virgin and head by a small footpath to reach the archaeological site of Chastel. Unique archaeological site with anthropomorphic rock tombs of the High Middle Ages, dominated by an ossuary pyramidal shape. A second walk can bring you to the wonderful source of Lion's Head. Continuing the walk, you make a loop that will take you to an ancient castle and climbing down on the deck of Ribeyre.

Events and festivities

In June: Spring Festival. This takes place in the courtyard of the school and the village hall Saint-Floret.

End of June: Commemoration of the Bombing of Saint-Floret, instead of June 30, 1944, with wreath laying.

Early July: Summer day organized by Saint-Floret Animations. This festival takes place in the public garden Noyol. Various events take place and a meal is provided for a great time.

July: Concert to the hall of frescoes Saint-Floret Castle, in the Baroque Festival.

Early November: Autumn Festival, with antiques, yard sales, local produce, arts and crafts, book fair to the hall of the castle and paintings exhibition of painting. A meal is served in the hall, like every year. To book places or meal, do not hesitate to contact City Hall at +33 4 73 71 10 39.

Mid-December: Winter Festival, with the arrival of Santa Claus and surprises for children. A snack is provided for young people and a Christmas market is held in the village hall. Enrollment +33 4 73 71 10 39.


Town center
Town center
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Church and Castle Saint-Floret
Church and Castle Saint-Floret
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Frescoes Castle Saint-Floret
Frescoes Castle Saint-Floret
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Church Chastel
Church Chastel
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Old Bridge
Old Bridge
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rock tombs on the site of Chastel
rock tombs on the site of Chastel
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Ossuary on the site of Chastel
Ossuary on the site of Chastel
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Fall Festival
Fall Festival
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 25°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 19°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Well-being and beauty treatments at a Cinqs Mondes Spa
Well-being69 € Issoire (11.3 km)
Visit of a craft biscuit factory
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Rémy-de-Chargnat (16.6 km)
Maiden two-seater paraglider flight from the top of Puy de Dôme
Sports sensations80 € Orcines (26 km)
Visit of the castle Dauphin and its gardens
Culture and education3 € to 6 € Pontgibaud (37 km)
Wakeboarding with a water-skiing school
Sports sensations18 € Lanobre (48 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Palette of religious buildings nuanced with Romanesque art
Car itineraryEasy1h30Issoire (11.4 km)
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (32 km)
Crégut Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Saint-Genès-Champespe (33 km)
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (38 km)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (53 km)


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