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Lavoûte-Chilhac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

Nestling by the riverside, at the heart of the Allier Gorges, the pretty village of Lavoûte-Chilhac is made up of two clearly distinct neighbourhoods, connected by an old stone bridge with several arches. The first one, built in a bend of the River Allier, includes the ruins of an old castle that was replaced by a Cluniac priory. The priory's buldings, many of which are from the late 18th century, are arranged around the Priory Church of the Holy Cross (Sainte-Croix). The second neighbourhood, nestling on the left bank and backing onto the rocks, is dotted with riverside houses that have high façades to guard against flooding.

Water sports are everywhere in Lavoûte-Chilhac, with a canoe-kayak centre and fishing opportunities in the clear waters of the Allier.

Also worth a look is the Chilhac Palaeontology Museum, with its collection of fossils of mammoths, mastodons, rhinoceroses and other mammals... dating back two million years!

Additional information

Charming village of fewer than 300 inhabitants, in Haute-Loire in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Lavoûte-Chilhac takes place at more than 400 meters above sea level in the heart of the gorges of the Allier. It lies between Langeac and Brioude, near Blassac.

Of ancient origin, the common Lavoûte-Chilhac began to develop in the Middle Ages, with the creation of Cluny priory of Sainte Croix The Volte. She later forged the face that it is today, revealing a pleasant natural charm and architectural heritage of great interest.

Lavoûte-Chilhac is also appreciated for its many sports facilities that allow the practice of various outdoor activities like canoeing or fishing, in the best possible conditions.

Things to see and do

Originally built in the eleventh century, the Holy Cross Priory The Volta today has a registration and classified historical monument. The site has yet rich history to its visitors a wing of the fifteenth century, the convent buildings of the eighteenth or the medieval fortifications of the old abbey.

Walking through the village, you will also discover the remains of a fortified gate and a speaker of the fifteenth century, exterior Castle Saint-Maurice, private building, or the beautiful square of Old Mills lined in the Allier and the medieval walls of the priory.

Be sure to visit the garden of the abbey, rich in various species and variety, or to drive to the bridge of the fifteenth century. It has the oldest parts of the eleventh and most modern parts of the eighteenth, and was classified as an historic monument in the course of the nineteenth century.

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Events and festivities

The weekly market is held every Sunday morning.

A ball, a bowling contest and fireworks are organized in July on the occasion of the national holiday.

In early August, place of art and craft market local products at night.

A Christmas market with entertainment is offered in December.


Lavoûte-Chilhac in a loop of Allier
Lavoûte-Chilhac in a loop of Allier
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Old bridge saddle on the Allier
Old bridge saddle on the Allier
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