The Auvergne is the place where Michelin Man and Michelin Stars originate. What characterizes the Auvergne? Volcanoes, valleys and mountains intersperse the green countryside with geological wonder, which makes it perfect for nature lovers.
The Auvergne is located in the heart of France, and is characterized by green valleys, crystal clear lakes and volcanoes. A very special place is the’ Puy Mary’, in the shape of a pyramid. Every year it attracts 600,000 visitors who come with only one goal; to see the view. In clear weather you can see Mont Blanc. In the ‘Parc naturel régional des Volcans d'Auvergne’, there are 400,000 hectares covered in routes for exploring with your whole family.
Cycling, (volcano) hiking, fishing and water sports make a great active holiday spent in the fresh air. A local train on the volcano ‘Puy de Dôme’ takes you around and on tours to places just to relax for a while. Scattered across the landscape are natural lakes; nice, clean and featuring sand or grass beaches. It's also great for kayaking, windsurfing, pedal boating and beach volleyball. You can also enjoy the silence with a good book if that’s what you want to do. After all, it is your holiday!
Average summer temperature: 26 degrees
Five towns with the brand "Villes d'Art et d'Histoire"
Volcano Puy Mary
The bleu d'Auvergne cheeses like Gorgonzola
Souvenir: more Auvergne cheeses
‘L'Aventure Michelin’ is the museum that recounts a century of French tyres, ranging from 'motoring aeronautics’ and motorbike tyres, as well as heavy duty tyres for Lorries. There is even an electric car from 1899, planes from the First World War, and much more!
Want to feel more chic? Then you have come to shop in the town of Vichy. Old boutiques, expensive brands, antiques and art collections, this city will not disappoint you!
Some people think that you need to go to Egypt to see a Pyramid. Well they are wrong, you can even see one in France. The ‘Puy Mary’ is in fact a volcano with a pyramidal shape with breathtaking views!
The Auvergne produces many digestives and aperitifs often made from wild plants. The best known is Gentian, obtained by the infusion of various herbs, mainly Gentian. Another classic is the ‘Verveine du Velay’, a digestive made from lemon verbena.