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Murat - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

A mid-mountain municipality at the foot of the Mounts of Cantal, in the Alagnon glacial valley, Murat is a Station Verte-certified "green resort" in the Massif Central. At the crossroads of Haute-Auvergne, this picturesque medieval town backs onto the basaltic rock of Bonnevie, which towers over the historic centre. In the Middle Ages, Murat was a fortified town and a major road hub, which encouraged trade. Many fairs and markets were held there. Two other volcanic mountains surround it, the Bredons Rock and the Chastel-sur-Murat Rock.

Many old houses, some of which are listed Historic Monuments, provide a reminder of the medieval and Renaissance period. Must-see sights on a walk along the streets of the old town: the consular house, one of Murat's gems with its 15th-century façade; the old bailiwick house from the 16th century on Place de la Boucherie; the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Olive Trees (Notre-Dame-des-Oliviers), built between the 12th and the 14th centuries, with its statues and altarpieces from the 17th and 19th centuries; the Hurgon House on Rue du Bon-Secours. The old town with its grey roofs and Bonnevie Rock, with the statue of Our Lady of Haute-Auvergne towering over it, form a beautiful group, where the buildings are mainly made of natural materials from the region, such as wood, flagstone and volcanic stone.

Based in a superb 16th-century mansion, the House of Fauna will delight lovers of butterflies and beetles, with 8,000 species on show. A collection of stuffed birds and mammals, shown in their natural habitat, is also on display.

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Its weekly market on Friday morning, numerous shops and services make it a lively place in a unique setting.

A visit to the old town, free, is offered at the Tourist Office with a plan and an explanatory way. In July and August, guided tours of the city with torches are offered at night with a guide and speaker approved. You will discover the many architectural treasures of the medieval city. You can also taste the Cone Murat, local pastry crafted only by bakers of the city.


At the foot of a volcanic neck, Chastel-sur Murat dominates the valley Alagnon. You will love the Romanesque chapel of Saint Anthony dating from the twelfth century and its remarkable frescoes. Standing on a basalt promontory, it is accessible only on foot and offers a beautiful panorama 1200 meters.

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Murat in winter (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
Murat in winter (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
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Castle of Anterroches (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
Castle of Anterroches (© Hautes Terres Tourisme)
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Peat bogs of Chastel-sur-Murat
Peat bogs of Chastel-sur-Murat
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