15 Best Things to Do in Auvergne (France)

Spreading over much of France’s Massif Central, Auvergne is a region of hills, mountain peaks, pastures and lakes.

Many of Auvergne’s biggest landforms were once active volcanoes, and this volcanic rock has even been used as a building material for its medieval monuments.

See the dark spires of Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, or the basalt that decorates romanesque churches like Sainte-Austremoine.

In winter or summer you’ll spend most of your time in the countryside, trekking through volcanic valleys, swimming in flawless Blue Flag lakes or gliding down ski runs at intimate, unpretentious resorts.

Lets explore the best things to do in Auvergne:

1. Puy-de-Dôme

Puy-de-Dôme

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Puy-de-Dôme

The colossal Puy-de-Dôme is a lava dome reaching 1,465 metres, just a few minutes  southwest of Clermont-Ferrand.

You’d be remiss not to go to the top, but how you get there is up to you: You can follow in the footsteps of the Gallo-Romans and take the 2,000-year-old path that leads to the ruins of the Temple of Mercury, or join the GR4, which approaches the summit from the northern side.

If walking sounds too much like hard work, the new Panoramique des Dômes is a rack railway that brings you one of France’s great views in complete comfort!

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