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In the north-west of the Auvergne region, the Montluçon area offers plenty to see and do during your holiday including cultural attractions and great ways to relax and unwind. The area proposes a succession of vast and very different landscapes with well-preserved natural and cultural heritage sites. All good reasons to come here and discover them, while at the same time adding a touch of originality to your stay as you discover certain local skills.
Begin by admiring the panoramic view from the esplanade of the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon in Montluçon, with a view across the town with its rich mediaeval heritage and its various architectural features dating from the 19th century.
Next, you can discover the Tronçais forest, Europe's finest oak forest which covers a staggering 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres)! Did you know that the oak barrels from the Tronçais area are used to store the Bordeaux grands cru wines? This ancient skill has also been used in the production of a local speciality we are always keen to share: whisky (to be consumed in moderation).
Stop off at Hérisson, a charming village on the banks of the Aumance and enjoy a family atmosphere as you sample the locally produced "Hedgehog" whisky.
If you're visiting us during the autumn, you should be aware that the strange cry you can hear in the woods is the belling of the stags. Be careful not to spill your basket of mushrooms!
If you prefer an easy, peaceful walk alongside the water, take a stroll along the landscaped towpaths of the Berry Canal. Or why not take a trip in an electric boat as a family?
Those of you who enjoy combining hiking and culture can take a trip by donkey as you follow in the footsteps of the Maîtres sonneurs (master bell ringers) immortalized by the writer Georges Sand.
A wonderful spa experience awaits you at Néris-les-Bains, an authentic Belle Epoque resort offering a full range of spa treatments for health and well-being (including treatments for stress, rheumatism and psychosomatic afflictions).
You can also take a trip along the hiking trails of the Combrailles area, from the lakes to the rivers, enjoying all the joys of fishing or the pure open air as you take your first steps at microlight aircraft flying.
For a relaxing and bracing stay, you have a wide choice of charming accommodation in the heart of an excellent natural setting, offering a warm welcome and reasonable prices, while at the same time you're never far from the gastronomic delights we are so fond of sharing with our visitors.