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Le Puy-en-Velay for local traditions and culture

A well-preserved town situated on a unique site with outstanding religious heritage features, Le Puy-en-Velay is a haven of peace and a source of spiritual inspiration. Here, visitors can relax and recharge their batteries. Internationally recognised as a starting point for St. James Way (the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela), the town of Le Puy-en-Velay is also a great family holiday location in the centre of the Haute-Loire.
Le Puy-en-Velay
Le Puy-en-Velay

The religious architectural heritage of Le Puy-en-Velay

The sheer majesty of the town is further reinforced by the high cultural quality of its architecture. Be sure to visit the Cathedral of Notre-Dame du Puy, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the departure for the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Inside the cathedral are several interesting works including the statue of the Black Virgin and a 12th century cloister.

Other religious monuments look down over the city. Perched on the Corneille rock is the high statue of Notre-Dame-de-France (the town's protective virgin), and you can't miss the Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe towering 82 m (269 ft) high atop "Le Rocher" rock.


A preserved city center and local traditions in Le Puy-en-Velay

An attractive town, Le Puy-en-Velay is also known for its ancient buildings and well preserved architecture. The very stones and paths of the town are a testament to architectural skill. The charming historical streets winding their way up to the cathedral provide a great place to stop off in one of the many restaurants where local specialities are served, including AOC (controlled origin) Le Puy lentils and of course the famous Velay Vervaine, a precious liquor offering digestive benefits (to be consumed in moderation).

The Bird King Festival
The Bird King Festival

Le Puy-en-Velay is also famous for its hand-made lace. The Bobbin Lace Learning Center offers expositions and a boutique to learn more about this age-old activities.


Activities and festivities

However, Le Puy-en-Velay is also a vibrant town, offering numerous nature-themed activities in a delicate, high-quality environment. Festivals and other activities designed for the whole family are organised throughout the year. The "Roi l’Oiseau" (Bird King) festivals in mid-September attract thousands of participants and spectators.

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