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Auvergne-Rhone-AlpesFrance

Moulins which includes a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

History, regional cuisine and landscapes: the Auvergne is a region of natural beauty, of volcanoes, water, infinite spaces, medieval villages and modern cities.

Situated in the heart of France, the Auvergne offers a variety of landscapes: from the summits of Cantal to the rivers and fields of Allier, from the forests of Haute-Loire to the volcanoes of Puy-de-Dôme, it is a succession of exceptional sites on a land shaped by fire and water.

Inhabited since the Stone Age, the Auvergne is a volcanic landscape par excellence. Its name comes from the word "Arvernes", a Celtic people who fought against the Roman invasion, winning an overwhelming victory over Julius Caesar at the Gergovie plateau, thanks to their famous chief Vercingetorix.

The possibilities for visits are countless: from medieval villages and castles to spa towns, such as Vichy and Volvic, from the snow-capped lakes of the Mont-Dore and Super Besse ski resorts, you will be spoiled for choice. You can also spend a day in the leisure parks of Vulcania and Pal, or discover the many rivers that dot the region. It’s worth making a detour to the Romanesque churches, like the one of Issoire, or the cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand. Finally, do not hesitate to climb to the summit of the Puy de Dôme, symbol of the Celtic god of war, or Puy Mary or Puy de Sancy, for a breath-taking view of the Massif Central.

A land of agriculture and cuisine, the Auvergne offers local dishes based on charcuterie: potée auvergnate, small salted lentils or cabbage soup. The region is also known for its cheeses: taste Cantal, Saint-Nectaire, Salers or Fourme d'Ambert with bread and red wine from Saint-Pourçain, the oldest vineyard in France. To complete your intense days, you will always find a festival of traditional music or dance.

Located in the centre of France, the Auvergne is easily accessible by the A71 motorway from Paris (3 hours). Aulnat airport in Clermont-Ferrand offers flights to UK airports.

Popular cities in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

Lyon showing a city, a river or creek and a statue or sculpture
Lyon
Known for Historical, Business and Museum
Famous for its food, silk and cinema, the point where north and south meet, and with a history by turns troubled and prosperous, Lyon is a city with many faces.

Reasons to visit

  • Bellecour Square
  • Place des Terreaux
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc showing street scenes, café scenes and a city
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Known for Cross-country Skiing, Mountain and Spa
Known for its wintersports and stunning scenery, this famous town in the French Alps also delights with stores, spas, restaurants and summertime activities.

Reasons to visit

  • Mont Blanc
  • Aiguille du Midi
  • Sea of Ice
Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car showing night scenes, a city and a river or creek
Grenoble
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Located in south-eastern France, Grenoble is the capital of the Isère department. This old industrial city has many compelling features, especially its architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car
  • Jardin de Ville
  • Museum of Grenoble
La Plagne-Tarentaise
La Plagne-Tarentaise
Known for Skiing, Small Town and Spa
Trip time! Discover the skiing, spas and mountains in quaint La Plagne-Tarentaise.

Reasons to visit

  • Les Arcs
  • Peisey-Vallandry Ski Resort
  • La Plagne Ski Resort
Val Thorens Ski Resort showing landscape views
Les Belleville
Check out popular sights like Val Thorens Ski Resort as you discover the local area in Les Belleville.

Reasons to visit

  • Val Thorens Ski Resort
Aix-les-Bains which includes a garden and flowers
Aix-les-Bains
Known for Cross-country Skiing, Spa and Mountain
A spa town in the heart of the Alps, Aix-les-Bains combines the charm of the mountains with relaxation and well-being.