Above the heights clermontoises, once crossed the edge of the fault that dominates the Limagne, unfolds the panorama of the chain of Puys, a barrier of volcanoes that extends for 80 km. Arranged from north to south, they are one of the favorite destinations in Auvergne. The 80 volcanoes of the volcanos, set on a plateau formed by crystalline rocks form in an amazing alignment, a strange escort to the most famous of them, the Puy de Dome.
Volcanologists say that some prominent volcanoes in this chain could again spit lava and they project their slag. Their revival would be likely but when? Under his meek airs, the Puy de Dome would even be an explosive character, comparable in this to Mount Pelee in Martinique or Mount St. Helens. But for now, these kettles asleep offer a great adventure and discovery field to the delight of hikers, horseback ride enthusiasts and mountain bike enthusiasts.
Different puys reserve, in their way, surprises, highlights and bring vivid sensations of fullness, when, after their ascension, opens the majestic panorama of the whole or part of the reward shaped chain.
Near the inevitable Puy de Dôme, became one of the first sights of France, other puys also worth a visit, such as the Pariou, a favorite with hikers because of a perfect drawing of its crater. Like its close neighbor, Como puy, this volcano has experienced two successive volcanic eruptions that give see beautiful nested craters. Further north, the Puy Pint is one of the rare examples of volcano type Pelean still has its central hand while the Grand Sarcouy (or cauldron) evokes an overturned pot, hence the other name.
South of the Puy de Dôme, the landscape changes and more are covered in beech or coniferous forests. These dense woods, shimmering happens when the fall season, are the territory raspberries and mushrooms to the delight of collectors. However, the peaks are more rare and therefore engage less panoramic perspectives. This is so for puys Mercœur and especially the Cow and Lassolas, however renowned for their égueulés craters where the sides are opened to release the lava flows.
The paths of the chain of Puys park lead us to the discovery of a living museum and scale to meet these slumbering giants where it is not necessarily useful to scale the heights to become familiar with geology local. Here dominates the "cheire" chaotic andesite, lava rocks, basalt and some pieces of lava-like crust.
The chain of Puys, formerly eruptive, effervescent... terrifying, today became serene, open and conducive to the escape.