Clermont-Ferrand never fails to astound its visitors. Firstly through the sheer quality of the site, with its amazing views across the Puy de Dôme and the Les Puys chain. Secondly for its cultural vibrancy, its rock evenings, its short film festival, its shows and performances, its museums or its sports activities which are characterised by their friendly nature, their sense of freedom and their solid family spirit. Life is always fun in this culture-themed town where history is active and can be found all around you.
Located at the foot of the ever-impressive Puy de Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand has all the festive vitality you would expect of a regional capital.
Very few towns can offer visitors all the excitement of a major city along with the possibility to enjoy a lungful of fresh air during their visit. Clermont-Ferrand provides plenty of opportunities for visits, hikes and other trips to discover the outstanding landscape surrounding it. In the town, the excellent restaurants, the lively cafe terraces and shopping streets are waiting to be enjoyed during a stroll through the historical town centres of Clermont and Montferrand to admire the impressive heritage sites including Notre-Dame-du Port, a masterpiece of Romanesque art and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the pedestrianised streets admiring the religious architecture and private buildings which (just like cathedral) are built from elegant grey stone originating from Volvic. During the evening, the city really comes to life with its music, shows, festivals, trendy bars and other leading events.
Spend an enjoyable evening at the « La Coopérative de Mai »,which has emerged as a leading national theatre thanks to its impressive performance schedule. Quite simply the very best in current music, leading acts and great sounds all at a very reasonable price.
Another art form has also made the town internationally famous: the Short Film Festival. As the Auvergne's very own "Cannes" we are very proud to be hosting France's second-largest film festival after the well-known southern French red carpet event.
It’s impossible to mention Clermont- Ferrand without thinking of Michelin. But although you probably know that the town is synonymous with this legendary tyre maker, have you heard of "the Aventure Michelin" ? This is a 2000 m2 ( 21,500 sq. ft) museum and display area featuring a superb visual, chronological and themed visit route tracing the life and work of the two brothers who founded the company, the incredible industrial adventure unfolding here, the company’s technological and advertising innovations, its latest news and plans for the future.
Nearby, why not soak up the excitement in the stands at the Marcel-Michelin sports stadium during an ASM Clermont Auvergne match, as you enjoy one of the best rugby match day atmospheres to be found in France and perhaps even in Europe?
The ASM rugby team has become an institution its own right, and one with which everyone in Clermont-Ferrand closely identifies, as do all of the Auvergne's inhabitants.