Put down your suitcases at Le Belvédère campsite and look around. This haven of peace is yours for a few days, a week or more…explore a region with a wealth of heritage and fabulous sites oozing nature, history and tradition. Here are just a few things to see and do in a 50km radius.
Saint-Flour is a thousand year old town and the historic capital of the Haute-Auvergne founded in the 4th century. Wander along its medieval streets which reflect its fascinating past: fortified doors and rampart relics, cathedral, episcopal palace now home to the Haute-Auvergne Museum, Alfred Douet Art and History Museum and more. Its stones and landmarks radiate history.
The majestic wrought iron Garabit Viaduct was built by Gustave Eiffel between 1880 and 1884 to bridge the Truyère. It has been standing for over 120 years and inspires admiration in locals and visitors alike as they take to the roads through the valle
Château d’Alleuze sits on a peak which the Grandval dam almost makes into a peninsula. The fortress belonged to the Bishop of Clermont and was used as a tithe storehouse. Just a few dozen metres from the château you’ll find a beautiful medieval chapel and its way of the cross
The Truyère, a tributary of the Lot, has dug deep gorges over the centuries from Cantal to Aveyron. Filled with the waters of the Garabit-Grandval, Lanau and Sarrans dam lakes, the Truyère gorges offer landscapes of surprising and contrasting beauty.
Chaudes-Aigues is the most southerly resort in Auvergne and radiates warmth. Nestled between the Cantal Mountains, Margeride and Aubrac in the Remontalou ravine, Chaudes-Aigues is best-known for its thermal waters which come out at 82°C making them the hottest in Europe.
The Truyère gorges are divided into three lakes, Grandval, Lanau and Sarrans. From the Margeride plateau to the Aubrac highlands, the gorges are home to a very wide variety of protected species, such as kites, ospreys, peregrine falcons, but also deer and hinds that sometimes come to cool off by the lake….
Aurillac, the coldest city in France, owes its fame only to its meteorological station located very high up (one of the highest in France). Pretty ancestral city, its century-old shops deserve a visit. Located on the banks of the Jordanne River, its gentle lifestyle hosts the annual Rues festival in August.
The Jordanne Gorges have been created by volcanic erosion for centuries, carving its way through rocky cracks, preserved and unspoilt fauna and flora. The gorges reach a depth of 60 metres in its abyss.
Classified among themost beautiful villages in France, Salers, a small mountain village perched at an altitude of 950 m, giving its name to the Salers breed of cows… Located on the foothills of the Maronne, Salers contains a rich medieval cultural and architectural heritage worth a visit…
A real pyramid seen from the sky, the Puy Mary rises to an altitude of 1,787 metres. The exceptional landscapes of the Cantalian Massif, formed by volcanic episodes and glacier erosion, represent the largest volcano in Europe (2,700 km²).
This valley owes its name to the Allagnon river which digs it. This valley is very popular with motorcyclists and offers breathtaking landscapes… A 70 km circuit runs through it, taking you from medieval villages to the chapel of sainte-Mélaine clinging to the cliff, this magnificent walk will let you discover the green expanse of a wild, volcanic and unspoilt nature.
A fortified city, framed by three basalt peaks, one of the most active medieval cities in the 14th century, a fair, markets, crafts… Today, this small industrial centre is a highlight of Cantalien tourism. Not to be missed are the old houses from the 17th century, with arches in a basket handle on columns, nicely covered with lauzes and typical of the city’s buildings.
The Museum of Agriculture is a small jewel to be seen absolutelyin the pretty typical village of Coltines. Over the seasons, you will discover the life of the local people in a beautiful 17th century farmhouse, an exciting, fun and educational visit.
The theme of the Arde sur Couze Zoological Park (Puy de Dôme) is animals from the top of the world. A 25 ha park that hostsno less than 400 animals, divided into 70 species from five continents. A pleasure to walk among monkeys and ibexes… a beautiful afternoon of walking and a treat for the children!!!!