A well-preserved town situated on a site unique of its kind and possessing outstanding religious heritage features, Le Puy-en-Velay is a haven of peace and often a source of spiritual inspiration, where visitors can relax and recharge their batteries. Internationally recognised as a starting point for the "Via Podiensis" (the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela), the town is also a great family holiday location in the centre of the Haute-Loire.
The sheer majesty of the town is further reinforced by the high cultural quality of its architecture including the Cathedral of Notre-Dame du Puy, which is listed as world heritage of humanity, home to the black virgin, a 12th century cloister, the high statue of Notre-Dame-de-France (the town's protective virgin) perched on the Corneille Rock, Le Rocher (the Rock) and the Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe (82 m or 269 ft high).
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. They immediately bring to mind the values of "skill and patience" and "simplicity and contemplation". It is doubtless for this reason that Le Puy-en-Velay is also famous for its hand-made lace, further proof that this town can continue to inspire and cultivate age-old activities.
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.
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 Verbena, a precious liquor offering digestive benefits (to be consumed in moderation).