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Les Combrailles

Are you looking for a holiday synonymous with purity? If so, you’ll love the Combrailles area, where you can explore the rivers and pools, the gorges and waterfalls, or the springs and fountains. We look forward to seeing you for an activity-packed holiday.
Visitors here can get the most from a natural environment combining authenticity with biodiversity. The Combrailles inhabitants are very proud of their area and are always pleased to welcome you and to pass on their enthusiasm for the region!

The Queuille meander
The Queuille meander

The Combrailles area

"Les Combrailles" is a plateau in the north-east area of the Puy-de-Dôme, with valleys and gorges and dotted with peaceful villages. An area offering a well-preserved natural setting.
With the rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools, water is to be found wherever you look in the Combrailles, offering a paradise for those who enjoy fishing, bathing and water sports.

 

Nature activities abound

The Sioule River crosses the Combrailles area, carving out gorges and also the must-see Queille meander. Discover the Sioule by canoe or kayak, departing from the Menat bridge, or go swimming or fishing in the ponds and lakes of the area.

 

Combrailles is also a very volcanic area, traversed by the Chaîne des Puys. Discover the area on horseback or on foot, with a walk around the Gour de Tazenat crater lake, or the Chemin Fais'Art discovery trail. To learn even more, visit the two sites dealing with the themes of the region’s volcanic activity Vulcania and the Lemptégy volcano.

 

Cultural and historical heritage

Among the natural beauty of Les Combrailles lies historical sites, including the Manor of Veygoux, the childhood home of General Desaix that today is an interactive museum dedicated to the French Revolution.


The Chateau Dauphin gardens
The Chateau Dauphin gardens
The Combrailles is also a land of castles, including the impressive Chateau Rocher overlooking the Sioule River and the 12th century Chateau Dauphin with its impressive gardens.  Also discover the churches of the area, Menat Abbey, a cluniac site, the unique capitals of the Saint-Pierre church in Biollet, and the painted interiors of the Saint-Léger church in Montfermy.

Also of note is the town of Chateauneuf-les-Bains, a pleasant spa resort located in the Sioule gorges, a part of the Massif Central Spa Trail.

 

Artisans and local crafts

The locals are particularly attached to biodiversity and to the protection of the Combrailles area’s natural resources. This flair for skilled work can be clearly seen in the region's craft industries. The local artisans - potters, spinners, enamellers, ironworkers, sculptors and glassmakers possess unique know-how in their respective fields. Local traditions also live on through the village festivals, markets, fairs and concerts organised here throughout the year!
Whether you’re staying in a hotel, a B&B, a gîte or a campsite, you'll be dealing with accommodation providers and restaurant owners with a passion for their work and their region, all too happy to pass on their enthusiasm for the Combrailles area.

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