More About Auvergne

Many of the Auvergne gites and holiday residences are set amongst picturesque gardens and countryside, with many spectacular views surrounding the properties. As Auvergne is a mainly remote and rural region, many of the properties are beautiful farmhouses and remarkable barn conversions. With rolling countryside, volcanic mountains and a whole host of must-see attractions, you can see why so many people choose to holiday in Auvergne. Cheese lovers will feel right at home in Auvergne as the Bleu d'Auvergne has been produced in the region since the 1850s and is a strong blue cheese with a creamy taste and moist texture, an ideal ingredient to take back and try in your holiday cottage. Auvergne also has other local delights including Potee Auvergnate, a delicious pork casserole, and Auvergne Tarte aux Myrtilles, a fruity dessert made with blueberries. Just don’t forget to take some home!

Auvergne Cottages and Gites
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Hardly touched by tourism, Auvergne is an exciting alternative to other more travelled parts of France, made up of a majestic volcanic landscape that produces some of the most delicious food and drink in the country! With over 10,000 square miles of delightful French countryside, ancient towns and villages and hundreds of attractions and days out to enjoy, we think Auvergne is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in France with a difference – fun for adults and children alike!

Things to Do in Auvergne

Auvergne boasts dozens of fascinating and picturesque towns and villages – probably too many to fully appreciate in one holiday. But any visit here should include the lively Clermont Ferrand, best known for the magnificent chain of volcanoes that surround it – the Chaîne des Puys; incredible whether you want to climb them or simply enjoy the breath-taking views. Another famous view in the region is the chapel of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe in Le Puy-en-Velay, where the mother of Joan of Arc is said to have come from. For those who simply love history, the Basilica of St. Julien in Brioude is a real treat, while Aurillac offers great views across the forested, volcanic landscape.

Auvergne Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Auvergne has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;

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Puy de Dome & Temple of Mercury

With over half a million visitors each year, the Puy de Dome is quite understandably one of Auvergne’s most visited sites – an impressive lava dome that gives you views across the Chaîne des Puys and Clermont-Ferrand. In the unlikely event that you get tired of the view, you can always visit the fantastic little restaurant and selection of shops at the summit of the Puy de Dome. For a fascinating reminder of the area’s rich history, take the Le sentier des muletiers – an old Roman road – from here to the Temple of Mercury, also located on the Dome. But don’t worry, the volcano hasn’t exploded since 5760 BC, so your day is unlikely to be ruined by an unwanted eruption!

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European Park of Volcanoes

For those who want to find out more about France’s volcanic region and volcanoes in general, the Parc Europeen du Valcanisme (European Park of Volcanoes) is a must – probably better suited to six year olds and upwards, but even very small children are likely to enjoy the park’s fun interactive exhibits, films, displays and shows. Located just 15km from Clermont-Ferrand, this Volcano-shaped structure is much larger on the inside than the outside – much like the tardis! Make sure you get here early though – you’ll need the whole day to enjoy everything.

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Gorges of the Allier

The stunning Gorges of the Allier give you the chance to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities – including salmon fishing, canoeing and rafting in the crystal clear rivers, horse-riding and hiking – and if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not try your hand at gliding? Whether you’re after adrenaline sports or a gentle activity to enjoy with the kids, the breath-taking landscape only makes these experiences more fun!

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