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The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park

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With a surface area of 395,000 hectares, the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park is the biggest Regional Nature Park in mainland France! Straddling the departments of Puy-de-Dôme and Cantal, this vast territory is ideal for hiking and contains four volcanic massifs, which are the Chaîne des Puys, the Mounts of Dore, the Cézallier and the Mounts of Cantal, as well as an old granite plateau, the Artense.

In the department of Puy-de-Dôme, nature-lovers must be sure to explore the Chaîne des Puys range, whose most famous - and most frequented - site is the Puy de Dôme. There are exceptional views of the Auvergne volcanoes from the top! Further south, the top of the Puy de Sancy also offers a superb view, of the Mounts of Dore landscapes this time.

The Tuilière and Sanadoire rocks (remains of ancient volcanoes separated by the Fontsalade Valley), Lake Guéry (the highest lake in Auvergne), the Chaudefour Valley and its nature reserve, the Chambon, Pavin and Aydat lakes, the peaceful Cézallier mountains, or Murol Castle and the Romanesque churches of Orcival and Saint-Nectaire are some of the places worth discovering.

Places to visit: Vulcania, the European volcanology park, located near the Puy de Lemptegy in the municipality of Saint-Ours-les-Roches. This is a fun and interactive information centre devoted to the world of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena around the world.

To find out more about the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park, the Park House (Maison du Parc) at Montlosier Castle in Aydat offers plenty of information, exhibitions and themed hikes.

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Besse-en-Chandesse seen from Puy de Pertuysat (© Jean Espirat)
Besse-en-Chandesse seen from Puy de Pertuysat (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Bourdouze (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Bourdouze (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Bourdouze (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Bourdouze (© Jean Espirat)
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Lac Pavin view of the dam (© Jean Espirat)
Lac Pavin view of the dam (© Jean Espirat)
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Lac Pavin seen from Point Sublime (© Jean Espirat)
Lac Pavin seen from Point Sublime (© Jean Espirat)
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Cascade Perugia - Chaudefour Valley (© Jean Espirat)
Cascade Perugia - Chaudefour Valley (© Jean Espirat)
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Chaîne des Puys view of St. Pierre-le-Chastel (© JE)
Chaîne des Puys view of St. Pierre-le-Chastel (© JE)
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Chaîne des Puys to Saint-Pierre-le-Chastel ( © JE)
Chaîne des Puys to Saint-Pierre-le-Chastel ( © JE)
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Castle Tournoël - Volvic (© Jean Espirat)
Castle Tournoël - Volvic (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Montcineyre - Compains (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Montcineyre - Compains (© Jean Espirat)
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Gour Tazenat view of the North Shore (© Jean Espirat)
Gour Tazenat view of the North Shore (© Jean Espirat)
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Gour Tazenat seen the upper belvedere (© Jean Espirat)
Gour Tazenat seen the upper belvedere (© Jean Espirat)
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Gour Tazenat seen from Lower Belvedere (© Jean Espirat)
Gour Tazenat seen from Lower Belvedere (© Jean Espirat)
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Gour Tazenat view of the North Shore (© Jean Espirat)
Gour Tazenat view of the North Shore (© Jean Espirat)
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Gour Tazenat seen from Lower Belvedere (© Jean Espirat)
Gour Tazenat seen from Lower Belvedere (© Jean Espirat)
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Chain Puy de Sancy view Pertuysat (© Jean Espirat)
Chain Puy de Sancy view Pertuysat (© Jean Espirat)
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Lac Pavin seen through the forest (© Jean Espirat)
Lac Pavin seen through the forest (© Jean Espirat)
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Castle Ruins Murol (© Jean Espirat)
Castle Ruins Murol (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama of the Puy de Dôme (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama of the Puy de Dôme (© Jean Espirat)
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Puy de Dôme Saint seen -Pierre-le-Chastel (© Jean Espirat)
Puy de Dôme Saint seen -Pierre-le-Chastel (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama of the Puy de Sancy (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama of the Puy de Sancy (© Jean Espirat)
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upper station of the cable car Sancy (© Jean Espirat)
upper station of the cable car Sancy (© Jean Espirat)
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Roche Tuilière and rock Sanadoire (© Jean Espirat)
Roche Tuilière and rock Sanadoire (© Jean Espirat)
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Roche Tuilière ( © Jean Espirat)
Roche Tuilière ( © Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the Puy Ysson (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the Puy Ysson (© Jean Espirat)
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