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With its amazing views across the Puy de Dôme and the Les Puys chains, Clermont-Ferrand never fails to astound its visitors. It's also a cultural center with an International Short Film Festival, countless shows and performances, museums and family friendly sports activities. Life is always fun in this culture-themed town where history is active and can be found all around you.
A diverse offering of activities is always present with Clermont-Ferrand tourism
Clermont-Ferrand is located at the foot of the ever-impressive Puy de Dôme, and has all the festive vitality you would expect of a regional capital. Offering visitors all the excitement of a major city along with the fresh air of the mountains, the city provides plenty of opportunities for visits, hikes and other trips to discover the outstanding landscape surrounding it.
A stroll through the center of town
In town, the excellent restaurants, lively cafe terraces and shopping streets are waiting to be enjoyed during a stroll through the historical town centres of Clermont and Montferrand. Admire the impressive heritage sites including Notre-Dame-du Port, a masterpiece of Romanesque art and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Take in the religious architecture and private buildings which are built from elegant grey lava stone originating from Volvic, such as the cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand. During the evening, the city really comes to life with its music, shows, festivals, trendy bars and other leading events.
The city's cultural scene
Spend an enjoyable evening at 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.
Numerous museums also await you in the capital of the Auvergne region.
Michelin and ASM
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 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.
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