The Auvergne's volcanoes are sleeping giants in the heart of France
At one with nature
One of the Auvergne's most famous volcanoes, the Puy de Dôme, reaches up to an altitude of 1,465 m. It offers an unbeatable view across the Chaîne des Puys and the surrounding landscapes. A breathtaking sight!
The Chaîne des Puys is a volcanic area stretching out for more than 30 km and located in the centre of Europe's largest regional nature park: the Parc Naturel des Volcans d’Auvergne (the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park). There's nothing more relaxing than hiking or simply strolling freely through this marvellous open, natural area.
The natural lakes which have appeared in the craters are another "must-see" natural feature.
The Chaîne des Puys, stretching away into the horizon
The Chaîne des Puys offers a unique series of 80 domes and craters. These round volcanoes are perfect for hiking trips. Those who love fauna and flora will be spoilt for choice with the countless rare and wild plants and animals to be found here. The Plomb du Cantal volcano is Europe's largest, with a diameter exceeding that of Etna (Sicily, Italy). The Puy Mary (1,758 m or 5,767 ft) is also one of France's leading natural heritage sites.
A lifestyle and a community based around the volcanoes
Over the centuries, small villages and later ski resorts sprang up on the slopes or at the foot of the volcanoes. A visit to these incredibly charming villages is always an unforgettable experience for anyone seeking authenticity, tradition and attractive rural landscapes. It's also a great opportunity to discover traditional French produce and producers while doing your bit for nature by encouraging green tourism.
What's more, the Vulcania amusement park enables both beginners and enthusiasts to gain a better understanding of the gigantic "time capsules" which are the region’s volcanoes.