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  • 1 Cité épiscopale Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du For F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    The episcopal city is reached from the Place de Tables via rue des Tables, the latter's flights of steps lined by old houses. A majestic staircase and the multicoloured lava-stone façade of the cathedral lie ahead, opening onto a well-preserved distr..

  • 2 Île aux Trésors Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay

    Treasure Island was the name given to the old episcopal city overlooking the upper town. From Place des Tables, via streets lined with old houses, you reach the magnificent Romanesque cathedral of Notre Dame, which shows distinct oriental influence. ..

  • 3 Mont Mezenc Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 43150 Les Estables

    Rising to an altitude of 1 753m, the volcanic Mézenc peak has a variety of landscapes: an immense barren plateau on the Velay side, and more dramatic relief plunging down to the Rhône on the Vivarois side. Famed for its basalt flows such as the Ray-P..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Massif du Sancy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63240 Le Mont-Dore

    Created 900 000 years ago, the Massif du Sancy is the youngest of the Dore mountains. Whatever the season, you will be captivated by its deep blue lakes, its impressive cirques, delicately shaped by glaciers, and of course its large pine and beech fo..

  • 6 Vieux Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue St-Jean F - 69005 Lyon

    Old Lyon Stretches from the River Saône to Fourvière and is comprised of three districts (Saint-John, Saint-Paul et Saint-Georges). The old town used to be the centre of industry and the home of the Lyons silk workers. At the end of Francois I's reig..

  • 7 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 pl. des Terreaux F - 69001 Lyon

    In the chancel that has been converted into a garden statues by Bourdelle, Duret and Rodin will greet you. The renovated museum has a wonderful panorama of the world of art which make it one of the best Fine Art museums in France. Collections of inte..

  • 8 Vallée du Vénéon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans

    Heading out of Le Bourg-d'Oisans towards La Bérarde, the road enters the extensive glacial Le Vénéon valley beyond Les Clapiers. To the right, the Pont-Escoffier power station is fed by the Le Plan du Lac dam. The Tête de la Muraillette peak (altitud..

  • 9 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..

  • 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 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..

  • 18 Gorges de la Sioule Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 63560 Menat

    From its source at the edge of the Dôme mountains, the Sioule picks up speed as it plunges through the granite plateau of the Combrailles, carving gorges between Châteauneuf-les-Bains and the outskirts of Ébreuil. Reach the gorges via the D2144 at Po..

  • 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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