All about the Auvergne
Auvergne or Auvergne?
Off the beaten tracks, the Auvergne astounds, recharges, soothes, blossoms and enchants. Its many faces, built by time and by humans, have made it a land of freedom just waiting for discovery and adventure. Here nature can be seen in all its splendour, wide plains and medium sized mountains sometimes looking alpine, or gentle, which originated mostly in the cataclysmic volcanic activity which took place over millions of years.
Lakes, pleasant and ancient oak groves or other forests invite the visitor to escape. From these mountains spring a number of rivers – others only pass through the region.
Mineral or thermal waters, exploited since ancient times, still spring up. Some is bottled (Volvic, Vichy Célestins, Saint-Yorre, Rozana…), others have created the wealth of the spa resorts.
Whether it be in the air, in a hot air balloon or paragliding; on the ground hiking or other forms of touring, on the water in a canoe, raft or on a fishing expedition; the region offers many different forms of nature activities. Theme parks also invite you for discovery and fun. The Auvergne is also a welcoming region, with men and women who have preserved its architectural wealth and other heritage.
Prepare your stay
A portal which will facilitate the preparation of your stay: practical information, useful addresses and events not to be missed.
All the sports and winter activities in the Auvergne Mountains.
More than 2,000 accommodations which can be booked online, many different stays and offers throughout the year.
The region is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, mostly Romanesque churches with pure and majestic forms, castles or stately homes throughout. Artisans, which you can come across in many villages, are carrying on the traditions and knowhow.
Supported by quality produce, traditional or gastronomical cuisine is one of the jewels of the Auvergne: there are ten Michelin starred chefs (one three star) and twenty-seven "bibs gourmands". That's enough to get your gourmet taste buds going!
Finally, after pleasing your senses, go to a festival: many different festivals, some internationally renowned, liven up each season, with cinema or folklore, music and history; The Auvergne deserves far more than a quick visit!
In the heart of Europe, the Auvergne is well served by the motorway network
A71 : Paris - Orléans - Bourges - Montluçon - Clermont-Ferrand.
A75 : “LA MÉRIDIENNE”, gratuite : Béziers - Lodève - Millau Séverac-le-Château - Marvejols - Saint-Flour - Massiac - Issoire - Clermont-Ferrand.
A72 : Lyon - Saint-Étienne - Thiers - Clermont-Ferrand.
A89 : Bordeaux - Périgueux - Brive - Clermont-Ferrand.
Road conditions :
Bison Futé : www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr
SNCF Auvergne Information: 36 35
Clermont-Ferrand Railway Station: Tél. 04 73 99 70 76
Map of direct liaisons with Clermont Ferrand
Tél. 05 55 65 73 30 - Fax 05 55 65 73 32
On demand commercial flights
Aurillac – Tronquières Airport
15000 Aurillac (5 mns from city centre)
Tél. 04 71 63 56 98 - Fax 04 71 64 52 51
Regular weekday service to Paris - Orly Sud
Air Linair Tél. 0 810 478 478 (local rates apply)
Le Puy-en-Velay – Loudes Airport
43320 Loudes (10 mns from city centre)
Tél. 04 71 08 61 87 - Fax 04 71 08 66 40
Regular services : Paris-Orly Sud, twice a day from Monday to Friday
Air taxis : Hex'Air - Tel. 0 810 182 292 (local rates apply)
Tél. 04 71 08 62 28 - Fax 04 71 08 04 10
Clermont-Fd – Auvergne International Airport
63510 Aulnat - Tél. 04 73 62 71 00
Fax 04 73 62 71 29 - www.clermont-fd.cci.fr
Regular flights from the airport
Air France Group: 0820 820 820 - www.airfrance.com
Portugalia : 0825 08 38 18 - www.flygpa.com
Iberia Regional Air Nostrum : 0825 800 965 - www.iberia.com