Nature has certainly been generous in the Auvergne, in the form of two outstanding regional nature parks. Two marvellous havens of peace and freedom including rare animal species and a range of flora which is as dense and varied as it is abundant. More than just wild and unspoiled areas, the regional nature parks in the Auvergne also provide valuable natural refuges, ideal for green tourism and sustainable tourism activities.
When you travel here, your journey really has a meaning. A stay in the Auvergne provides a chance to experience life in the region, along with its history, its culture and its inhabitants.
Tourism here is based on a number of key values, including environmental quality, responsibility and community-mindedness, openness and a willingness to share.
Above all however, our nature parks are our ambassadors. By protecting the delicate balance of the local eco-system, they contribute to preserving our natural assets today, for a better world tomorrow.
As Europe's largest regional park this is also one of the oldest, and was established in 1977. A huge park comprised of outstanding landscapes, fauna and flora, the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park (Parc naturel régional des Volcans d’Auvergne) also owes its distinctive identity to a rural society which has successfully preserved its ancestral know-how and culture, fully aware of the richness and fragility of its environment (...)
You'll find the very best of Mother Nature in the Livradois-Forez nature park, as well as a rich variety of industrial skills, a precious local heritage which has been carefully adapted and passed down from generation to generation, always with that same warmth and innovation. An impressive area with an unspoiled natural setting and one well worth a visit. (...)