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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

Allègre - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

A gateway to the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park and certified Small Town of Character (Petite Cité de Caractère), Allègre will enchant you with its ancient heritage. The remains of the 14th-century feudal castle, the Porte de Monsieur gate or the Chapel of Our Lady of the Oratory located on Place du Marchédial are just some of the places you can discover on a stroll around Allègre.

In the chapel surrounded by fortified houses, you can see a 16th-century Pietà, and from the heights of the village, by the gallows-shaped ruins of the old castle, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Devès and Velay volcanoes!

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Village of more than 900 inhabitants, Allègre takes place in Haute-Loire, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Long prosperous rural town, the town is located about thirty kilometers from Puy-en-Velay, not far from Lissac, La Chaise-Dieu or Bellevue-la-Montagne, more than 1000 meters of altitude in the massif Velay.

Populated since the Neolithic, the region of Allègre develops thanks to a large family of knights who flourished during the Crusades, Alegre. A rural community for many centuries, Allègre today turned to tourism, unveiling a rich architectural heritage witnessing the chivalrous history of the area.

Lovers of old stones are seduced by the remains that mark this village of Haute-Loire classified Small town of character, while lovers of outdoor life will appreciate the many hiking trails around that allow you to discover the local fauna and flora.

Things to see and do

Today in ruins, the feudal castle of Allègre is the work of the first lords of the second dynasty of lords of the village, the Tourzel. Built at the beginning of the 14th century, it was considered at the time to be one of the most beautiful in the region with its twenty-three towers. Devastated by a fire at the end of the 17th century, the building was later used as a stone quarry for other constructions. It is still possible to admire on the site two towers of the main building, a cornice of the old curtain, and a small tower.

Classified as a Historical Monument, the cross of the Armand fountain reveals a pedestal with seven crowns engraved with Gothic letters, as well as a cross of the sixteenth century.

The village church, Gothic style, takes place on the remains of an old Romanesque building dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. The bell tower was rebuilt in the first half of the 19th century with stones from the chapel Saint-Yves and we can admire beautiful stained glass windows from the late nineteenth century. Not far away, in the cemetery, you can discover a Calvary classified as an historic monument with, at the foot, the emblazoned grave of Grellet and Morel de la Colombe.

Eight private mansions of the fifteenth century take place in the town. You will be able to discover the hotel of Chardon, the hotel of the Chier, the hotel of the Guérin, the hotel of the Mozac, the hotel of the Clède, the hotel of the Grellet, the hotel of Bar, and the hotel of Artasse.

Medieval remains are visible in all Allègre including the door of Mr. classified Historical Monuments, with its two towers pierced archers gunboats, the remains of walls, or the door Ravel.

Founded in the sixteenth century, Notre-Dame Chapel has become a place of pilgrimage thanks to its Pieta which would be at the origin of many miracles. One can notably admire 19th century stained glass windows with the Grellet arms.

Charming house of the eighteenth century, the flag of the Countess is not lacking interest, as the stables of the castle near their state in the fifteenth century.

Several hiking trails lead to the discovery of Mount Bar, extinct volcano covered with a bog that is the Regional Nature Reserve Crater Mount Bar.

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Events and festivities

The market is held every Wednesday morning.

Every 3rd weekend of July, the town offers its famous medieval festival "Alègre Medieval", for 2 days, with thematic events, pageants, theater, singing, music, music dance, a traditional banquet on Saturday evening, followed by a show and a ball... Various festivities of times are proposed each year.

At the end of July, place at the festival of the Three Chairs with his concerts of classical guitar or mandolin.

Exhibition "Crossroads of Creations"
John Scott Exhibition
Ode Pacta-Didier "Tree my friend"
Exhibition Brigitte Besqueut & Monik Vauris


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Stem of Allègre
Stem of Allègre
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Annual Medieval Festival of Allègre, Medieval Alegre
Annual Medieval Festival of Allègre, Medieval Alegre
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