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Guide of the Massif Central

Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Massif Central

Guide of the Massif Central - Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Massif Central

Its stunning surroundings were a hard act to follow, but the Massif Central has succeeded in creating a built heritage worthy of them! The highlight of its exceptional natural environment is indisputably the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Majestic views await visitors from the top of the Puy de Sancy, Puy Mary and Puy de Dôme. The Cévennes National Park, where Mount Lozère is the highest point, and the Millevaches Regional Nature Park in Limousin will also please hikers looking for great expanses of preserved countryside.

Walkers will be captivated by the splendid landscapes of water and rock in the Tarn Gorges, a site dotted with charming villages such as Sainte-Enimie. They can relax on the lake shores of Le Bouchet, Vassivière or Chambon, and the Gévaudan Wolf Park is a great place to meet that legendary animal. Fans of the underground world can visit the Aven Armand or Dargilan caves, while tree-lovers may prefer a stroll in the Tronçais forest.

After enjoying a good meal featuring Auvergne's exceptional cheeses, a walk on the streets of the many characterful villages and medieval towns will be very welcome, for instance in Collonges-la-Rouge, Turenne, Salers or Lavaudieu. Auvergne's capital, Clermont-Ferrand, will reveal its prestigious buildings to inquisitive tourists, and elegant Vichy will surprise them with its lavish spas. Visitors will come across the Way of St. James in Conques or Le Puy-en-Velay, where some magnificent religious monuments still remain.

There is no shortage of cultural and architectural treasures, and visitors can broaden their minds by discovering Aubusson tapestry and its six centuries of history, or travelling to the heart of volcanoes and the Earth at the incredible Vulcania theme park. They can admire the religious heritage jewels that are Souvigny Priory, La Chaise-Dieu Abbey and Orcival Basilica, as well as the fortresses of Anjony and Murol. And above all, don't forget to go and admire the Millau viaduct, an amazing aesthetic and technological feat.

Guide of the Massif Central


Unspoiled nature, magnificent forest of Tronçais oaks, castles and fortresses, Sioule gorges and Vichy spa town are some of the features of the Allier.


Land of traditions, the Aveyron offers everything to satisfy nature and authenticity lovers, with the limestone plateau of Larzac, the Tarn river gorges, the Aubrac volcanic plateau and its herds of cows, the beautiful picturesque villages, and the famous specialities.


Green and wild landscapes, lakes great for water activities, medieval cities and magnificent villages are just some of the features on offer to visitors of the Corrèze.


Boasting wild landscapes, the Cantal offers to the lovers of nature and authenticity numerous places of interest to discover: mountain massif of the mounts of Cantal and its famous puy Mary, Chestnut grove, medieval villages, typical dishes and renowned cheeses...


Boasting peaceful landscapes composed of wooded hills, plateaux, rivers, lakes and ponds, the Creuse is also home to the Chabrières forest, the Vassivière lake great for water activities, chateaux and remarkable churches.


In the south of Auvergne, the Haute-Loire boasts a number of attractions, with its landscapes of forests, high plateaux and verdant prairies, its charming villages, its medieval castles and its City of Art and History of Puy-en-Velay.


The Loire is a green département that invites walkers to the discovery of its attractions, among which the Pilat mountain area, the Loire Gorges, the Grangent lake, and Saint-Etienne, the city with seven hills.


The Cevennes massif and the mount Lozère , the vast Aubrac plateau, the Margeride forests and the magnificent Tarn gorges are among the beautiful natural sites of Lozère.


Situated in the heart of the Massif Central, the Puy-de-Dôme holds a marvelous natural heritage, as illustrated by the mounts Dôme, first volcanic mountain range in Europe, the mounts Dore and the Artense plateau. Besides these treasures, the visitors can also discover the city of Clermont-Ferrand, capital of Auvergne.

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