An original and surprising holiday destination!
The Haute-Loire offers wonderfully preserved mountainous landscapes. What incredible contrasts between the vast chlorophyll-rich expanses of the volcanic plateaus, the young Loire River which begins its journey towards the ocean here at Mont Gerbier-de-Jonc and the Allier River which imposes its force on a countryside bursting with character and continues to be a favourite destination for Atlantic salmon!
Typical villages, grand sanctuaries of faith, astonishing little Romanesque chapels built over the centuries, the first castles on the banks of the Loire River, volcanic curiosities... the stunning southeast corner of the Auvergne region conceals a host of treasures.
And words cannot describe the breathtaking beauty of Le Puy en Velay, often called the ‘inland Mont St-Michel’, which marks the starting point of the ‘Way of Saint James’ pilgrimage towards Santiago de Compostela. The town is set in a haven of greenery where water and fire have sculpted natural scenery and where mankind has helped the beauty of art to triumph.
And as far as outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings are concerned, the Haute-Loire has long known how to make the most of its natural assets! There is no lack of clear, limpid, occasionally hot and bubbling and always very revitalising waters in the stunning southeast corner of Auvergne. The pleasures of water abound whether you just want to swim or whether you prefer to try the white water sports or a do a bit of fishing...
The Haute-Loire proposes an incomparable network of short and longer footpaths. For walkers and mountain bikers alike, all five senses will be stimulated on these well-marked trails which always promise a special moment of adventure, whatever the season. Not to mention that the topography of the southeast corner of Auvergne is extremely well suited to walks and cycling treks, which are at their most beautiful in spring and autumn.
The natural, historical and religious heritage sites offer a fabulous setting for a great many celebrations and festivals from the most eccentric to the most famous not forgetting the most traditional: the country festival in Craponne, the exceptional music festival in La Chaise-Dieu, the extraordinary journey into history of the Renaissance Bird King festival in Le Puy-en-Velay...