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

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

Located on the list of the most beautiful villages in France, Usson is located in the Puy-de-Dôme, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Hanging on a volcanic peak, it is in the arrondissement of Issoire, facing the chain of the Puys, the Dore mountains or the plateau of Cézallier.

Village of winegrowers, Usson became known for hosting the exile of Queen Margot for nineteen long years. Even today, the municipality remains marked by this sovereign who has left her imprint everywhere. An organized trail allows to discover the memories of the first wife of Henri IV.

Full of charm, the commune of Usson seduces visitors with its old homes and its warm and dynamic atmosphere. The discovery of the village is like a diving in a glorious and rich past that one can admire during a peaceful stroll.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.5275930 (N 45° 31’ 39”)
Longitude3.3374220 (E 3° 20’ 15”)
AltitudeFrom 394m to 633m
Surface area5.43 km²
Population274 inhabitants
Density50 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureClermont-Ferrand (43 km, 40 min)
Insee code63439
IntercommunalityCA Agglo Pays d'Issoire
TerritoriesAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Rémy-de-Chargnat2.7 km (6 min)
Saint-Jean-en-Val3.1 km (6 min)
Sauxillanges4.7 km (8 min)
Les Pradeaux5.2 km (11 min)
Brenat5.3 km (10 min)
Varennes-sur-Usson5.5 km (6 min)
Saint-Martin-des-Plains6.2 km (12 min)
Parentignat7.2 km (9 min)
Bansat7.7 km (11 min)
Orbeil8.2 km (14 min)
Saint-Quentin-sur-Sauxillanges8.2 km (13 min)
Aulhat-Flat8.4 km (15 min)
Lamontgie9.3 km (13 min)
Issoire11.1 km (14 min)
Égliseneuve-des-Liards11.1 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

In the Romanesque style, the church of Saint-Maurice was enlarged in the fourteenth and then in the sixteenth century. At that time, the queen's chapel, dedicated to Queen Margot, was added. Inside, you can discover a very beautiful altarpiece of the early 17th century, the latter representing the sovereign in the guise of Saint Radegonde, alongside King Henry IV. The whole can be visited during the weekend in May, June and September, and every afternoon in July and August.

Not far from the church, one can take a path leading to the basalt organs of the village of Usson. Another trail, that of the Salamander, allows to traverse all the vestiges dating from the time of the exile of Marguerite de Valois in the municipality.

Usson has preserved some vestiges of the triple enclosure of its ancient fortress. Today, the village still boasts beautiful mansions from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Do not miss to visit the hillock of Usson, at about 640 meters above sea level. At its summit you will find a statue of the Virgin whose mission is to protect passing airmen. You will also benefit from an incredible view on the massif of Sancy or on the chain of Puys.

Events and festivities

The patronal festival of Usson is held every last weekend of May.

ApotropaïK Concert - Usson Cultural Meetings #4


After rain sunset on Usson
After rain sunset on Usson
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Since Usson view on the volcanos
Since Usson view on the volcanos
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Thursday 30 june
Min. 12°C - Max. 21°C
Friday 1 july
Min. 9°C - Max. 22°C
Saturday 2 july
Min. 8°C - Max. 29°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
House of Amethyst
EntertainmentFreeLe Vernet-Chaméane (10.4 km)
Visitor trail at an educational farm
Culture and education5 € Boudes (15.5 km)
Paramotor microlight maiden flight in Auvergne
Sports sensations110 € Champeix (17.2 km)
Rafting in the Allier Gorges
Sports sensations45 € to 55 € Vieille-Brioude (28 km)
Guided electric mountain bike trek
Sports sensations55 € to 100 € Ambert (31 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
White Cheix Peak Trail, Discovering the County's Wildlife
HikeIntermediate2h25Sallèdes (12.5 km)
Henriette's Trail
HikeEasy2h30Auzelles (15.7 km)
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (23 km)
Motorcycle Tour: Between gorges and puys
Motorbike itineraryIntermediate1h40Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise (31 km)
Heritage Discovery Tour of Besse
HikeEasy20 minBesse-et-Saint-Anastaise (32 km)


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