A land of expansive, protected natural areas, ideal for outdoor activities, Auvergne is a dream destination for lovers of nature and hiking. At the heart of the Massif Central, discover this beautiful green region with countless attractions. From the ancient volcanoes of the Puys mountains to the Sioule gorges, through the Cantal mountains and the magnificent Auvergne lakes, admirers of unspoilt countryside cannot fail to be delighted by all this natural beauty. While the Volcanoes of Auvergne and Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park are a paradise for walkers, the Chouvigny Gorges and Lake Chambon are perfect for a canoeing trip. And to relax after all this exercise, nothing beats a pampering session in one of the region's many spa resorts.
Auvergne also boasts some remarkable built heritage; you're sure to fall in love with its castle forts, Romanesque churches, typical villages and towns with an impressive architectural legacy, such as Clermont-Ferrand, Le Puy-en-Velay, Montluçon, Moulins and Riom! Fans of history and old buildings must be sure to visit Auvergne's best-loved heritage sites, like Souvigny Priory, Orcival Basilica, the medieval cities of Charroux, Murat and Salers, and the castles of Anjony, Murol and Tournoël. Between visits, you can enjoy delicious products and specialities from the region, such as Auvergne cheeses, Le Puy green lentils, potée auvergnate stew, Saint-Pourçain wines and pompe aux pommes (local apple pie).