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  • 1 Cantal mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15000 Aurillac

    From the top of the Puy Mary the view takes in the Cantal mountains, Europe's biggest volcanic range. Originally a gigantic volcano, it has been worn down by millennia of erosion. The puys have taken on various shapes: Puy Griou appears like a peak; ..

  • 2 Puy Mary Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pas de Peyrol F - 15140 Salers

    The horn-like shape of this puy is due to glacial erosion during the Quaternary Era. The path on the northwest side takes you to the summit (1 787m). A signboard explains the grandiose landscapes, with the gigantic fan of the range's glacial valleys ..

  • 3 Gorges de l'Ardèche Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07150 Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

    The famous Pont d'Arc requires no introduction. This monumental natural arch ushers you into one of the most imposing natural phenomena in the southern region of France in a most grandiose fashion. Most of the gorges were declared a protected nature ..

  • 4 Aven d'Orgnac Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    pl. Robert-de-Joly F - 07700 Saint-Remèze

    This sinkhole was discovered by Robert Joly inAugust 1935 and turned out to be a magnificent network of chambers with a great variety of concretions. Shaped by underground waters, the huge chambers are a testament to climate change in the quatenary e..

  • 5 Panorama Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 07130 Saint-Romain-de-Lerps

    Two viewing tables have been set up on either side of a chapel, commanding a grandiose, sweeping view which covers no less than 13 departments. To the east, the eye is drawn to the Vercors, with, beyond, the sparkling summits of the Alps and Mont Bla..

  • 6 Castle ruins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N86 F - 07130 Saint-Péray

    Situated on the Crussol mountainside, the ruins of the villette (small town) were a refuge for plain dwellers in times of trouble. Access to the castle dominating the Rhône from a height of 230m is along the side of the fortifications. It offers a re..

  • 7 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. des Tables F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    A marvellous Romanesque-style building whose originality owes much to its oriental influence: inside, the nave is crowned by a series of cupolas. The cathedral's main features are its steep site, which appears to defy the laws of balance, its multico..

  • 8 Puy de Dôme Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63870 Montrodeix

    This volcano at an altitude of 1 465m commands a fine view of the Monts Dômes chain. To the north are volcanoes with craters (Petit Puy de Dôme, Grand Suchet, Puy de Côme, Pariou and Louchadière) and without (Petit Suchet, Clierzou and Sarcouy). To t..

  • 9 Dôme mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

    Around 80 volcanoes stretch 40km westwards from Clermont, between the Sioule gorges and Grande Limagne. They are fascinating all year round, beginning with the Puy de Lemptégy (1018m), a fine example of an open-crater volcano. After hiking to the Puy..

  • 10 Aigle Dam Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - Aynes

    The dam is striking for the boldness of its design, power of its installations and sheer size. The reservoir is 25km in length. Two ski-jump style channels create a water flow of 4 000m3 per second. Downstream, a viewpoint (accessed on foot from the ..

  • 11 Saint-Même Cirque Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 73670 Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont

    Near Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont, this site at the heart of the Chartresue massif offers views over a rocky limestone landscape 400m up: from the cave halfway up, the Guiers Vif gushes forth in two lovely waterfalls. The cirque is the setting-off point ..

  • 12 Priory Church of St Peter and St Paul Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 03210 Souvigny

    Two Romanesque bells dominate the priory. Only the left gate remains of the Romanesque building's west façade, preceded by an avant-corps with a gate and a wide Flamboyant-style aperture (15C). The central nave testifies to the influence of Cluny (do..

  • 13 Vallée de la Jordanne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15590 Mandailles-St-Julien

    The beauty of this valley comes from its villages clinging to the mountainside as well as the views of its summits, which are somewhat Alpine in appearance. Along the D17 from Rudez to St-Curgues-de-Jordanne, there are several departure points for hi..

  • 14 Rocher de Ronesque Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 459 F - 15130 Cros-de-Ronesque

    Formed on the site of an old peneplain, then covered as a result of volcanic activity and deeply sculpted by vast valleys, this rock is one of two basalt plateaux in the Carladès (part of the Vic-sur-Cère region). You can drive to a tiny chapel from ..

  • 15 Cirque du Falgoux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pas de Peyrol F - 15140 Le Falgoux

    The Mars valley begins its life at the Falgoux cirque, hollowing out its course at the foot of the Puy Mary. This glacial cirque contains the largest forest in the département, made up of pectinate pines grown for commercial purposes.

  • 16 Gorges de la Rhue Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15270 Embort

    The D679 from Condat to Bort-les-Orgues skirts the right bank of the Rhue valley, affording lovely views of the river. Halfway along, upstream from Embort, the river flows through magnificent sloped and wooded gorges which broaden out at the confluen..

  • 17 Belvédère de Mallet Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 15390 Auriac-de-Faverolles

    Beyond Auriac-de-Faverolles, visitors can embark on a number of scenic excursions along the D13, taking in the flooded valleys of the Truyère and Bès rivers. Once across the Bès, the road climbs upwards, offering views (to the right) of two rocky isl..

  • 18 La Banne d'Ordanche Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63150 La Bourboule

    This area is an ideal spot for a summer stroll and a popular location for model aeroplane enthusiasts. Leave Murat-le-Quaire on the D609 and follow the winding road as far as the car park. From here, a path leads up to the high pastures and an inform..

  • 19 Gorges de Chouvigny Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63560 Menat

    At the entrance to the gorges the D915 slices through a rocky cape whose left side is known as the Roc Armand. The summit can be reached by a staircase hewn in the rock. From here there is a fine view upstream towards the gorges, whose wooded slopes ..

  • 20 Méandre de Queuille Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63780 Queuille

    Hewn into the fractured rocks of this granite plateau, the Méandre de Queuille is sculpted by the Sioule river, which is widened at this point by a dam. The concave bank of the loop is high and studded with rocks; on the convex bank opposite, the riv..

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