Auvergne is one of France’s 27 regions and comprises four departments – Allier, Puy de Dome, Cantal and Haute Loire. The region is known for its many volcanoes, though the last eruption was around 6,000 years ago. The volcanoes began forming about 70,000 years ago and many have now eroded away, leaving behind hardened, unerupted magma. These form rounded hilltops known as ‘puys’. Stay in the Premiere Classe Clermont-Ferrand Nord Hotel for easy access to the Auvergne volcanoes.
Clermont-Ferrand is one of the best known cities in Auvergne and is particularly popular with tourists. It was the first city to get a "Translohr" transit system, linking its north and south neighbourhoods. Clermont-Ferrand railway station has good links to Paris and other major French cities, making daytrips to other destinations during your stay in Auvergne easy.
A two-day break
Two days is just enough time to explore the best of Auvergne. On day one, discover the natural beauty of the region by taking a trip to Clermont-Ferrand and admiring the volcanoes. The Puy de Dome volcano is one of Auvergne’s most famous and a definite must-see. Due to its many lakes, pools and waterfalls the region is also a great place to go swimming or try water sports, which you can enjoy on day two.
A week-long stay
A whole week in Auvergne means you have plenty of time to discover all that the region has to offer. Auvergne has an array of beautiful parks and gardens on offer, such as the Jardin Lecoq in Clermont-Ferrand. Stay in the Premiere Classe Clermont-Ferrand Nord Hotel for scenic routes on your doorstep. Those looking to indulge and relax can do so in the spa town of Vichy.
A family holiday
Keeping the whole family entertained is no problem in Auvergne. Brighten up your holiday at Clermont-Ferrand’s Anatolia Parc – with mini gold, water rides and trampolines on offer, it’s impossible to be bored! Le Pal park is a great option for animal-lovers, as it combines a zoo with a theme park and plenty of fun! There are also plenty of opportunities for indoor activities, including bowling alleys and cinema complexes.
Getting to Auvergne is simple, whether by plane or car. Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne International airport offers three weekly flights from Southampton, just south of London. If coming from Paris, there are several daily flights from Paris Orly airport. By car, the A71 motorway links Clemont-Ferrand and Paris. Once in Auvergne, use the trams and buses.
Enjoy local produce from the heart of Auvergne and savour the authentic and rustic flavours in the traditional dishes. The region is a paradise for cheese-lovers, accounting for 26% of France’s quality-labelled cheeses. For traditional cuisine, try Auberge du Chateau in Saint-Remy-de-Blot. Stay in the Premiere Classe Clermont-Ferrand Nord Hotel, near some of the region’s best restaurants.
Clermont-Ferrand is famous for hosting one of the world’s leading short film festivals, Court Métrage. Visit in February to enjoy screenings of various French and international movies. There are also music and street theatre festivals all year round in Auvergne to suit everyone’s tastes.
The local market of Auvergne may be small, but the region has developed many national and international companies. A couple of the most famous are Michelin and Volvic (the Danone group). The region is also makes extremely popular cheeses, such as the Cantal and the Saint-Nectaire. The food industry in Auvergne employs more than 12,000 people.
Clermont-Ferrand Tourism: http://www.clermontferrandtourism.com/