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We recommend that you spend a day or an afternoon exploring "volcano country" around the Puy de Dôme in Auvergne, and discovering some of France’s magnificent viewpoints and outstanding natural landscapes.
Begin with a hike to the summit of the Puy de Pariou, an extinct volcano with a rounded crater now covered in vegetation, in all its simple, peaceful beauty. The upward journey is pleasant and simple, by means of recently built wooden steps. The journey involves a short 15-minute walk through an authentic and replanted natural setting.
As we take a trip around the Puy, the entire volcano chain comes into view, including the famous Puy de Dôme which is nearby.
Continue on foot to the top of the Puy de Dôme by another wooden staircase, or make your way to the "Maison de Site", then sit back and relax as you reach the summit on the rackrailway the Panoramique des Dômes.
The outstanding beauty of these views always generates a marvellous sense of well-being and provides a chance to enjoy the pure and simple pleasures of Nature during your holiday in central France.
Download the map of the hiking trails around the Puy de Dôme