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Discover the delightful charm of this fortified Auvergne villages, once a prosperous winemaking town, that has been beautifully restored. Walk through the winding streets of the centre and climb to the top of the tower for a view of the village and the surrounding volcanoes.
Perched on the rocky peak from which it takes its name, Montpeyroux overlooks the Allier Valley. This small fortified village is built from local arkose sandstone, giving it a surprising "coppery" luminosity. Exporting arkose was the main trade of Montpeyroux, the stone was used for the Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica in Clermont-Ferrand as well as the Saint-Austremoine abbey church in nearby Issoire.
In the 19th century, Montpeyroux became a winemaking town and vineyards filled the slopes around the village. Several remain today, and young winegrowers are renewing the history of Montpeyroux.