The 1,465-metre-high Puy de Dôme is the symbol of the département and the highest volcano in the Chaîne des Puys mountain range. Part of the Monts Dôme range in the heart of the Massif Central mountain region, around 15km from the city of Clermont-Ferrand, this high peak is a designated "Great Site of France" and can be reached by foot via a Roman path from Col de Ceyssat pass or by cog railway. At the summit are ruins of a Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Mercury, a meteorological observatory and a visitor information centre that includes a room devoted to volcanology. However, this natural site that has been dormant for around 12,000 years is above all worth visiting for its wonderful panoramic view, on a clear day, of the Chaîne des Puys, Monts Dore and Monts du Forez mountains, Clermont-Ferrand and its suburbs, and the Limagne plain. A footpath around the top with several viewpoint indicators is the perfect way for visitors to fully appreciate the beauty of the place.
The Puy de Dôme is also a favourite launching point for paragliding and hang-gliding enthusiasts.