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rg ne In the heart of France and far away from the ve hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Auvergne Au region features breathtaking landscapes and makes an ideal setting for green tourism. Rich cultural heritage has left Romanesque churches and stunning castles. Access: § By train from Paris: 8 daily trains connecting Paris to Clermont-Ferrand in 3 hours § Direct flights from London to Limoges and Lyon § 4 hours drive from Paris Main cities: Clermont-Ferrand , Vichy , Le Puy en Velay and Aurillac. 5 reasons to visit Auvergne § With such volcanic energy, the waters in Auvergne are abound in minerals - do not miss legendary V i c h y , Vo l v i c o r C h a u d e s A i g u e s , t h e s p a t o w n w i t h t h e w a r m e s t w a t e r i n E u r o p e . § The Puy de Dôme: A visit to the top of the Puy de Dôme is unforgettable with its breathtaking view of over 80 domes and craters. § Vulcania: Auvergnes theme park that celebrates volcanoes and is a great place to visit a crater, experience an earthquake and learn about geology whilst having fun. Le Pal: the only European park to combine an animal park with a theme park. There are over 26 attractions for the entire family and 500 animals from 5 continents. § A paradise for rambling: If you enjoy rambling, you are going to love Auvergne. Majestic and varied countryside, diverse routes including those ideal for family outings. Welcoming guesthouses allow visitors to combine multiple routes meaning trips can last several days. Auvergne has turned walking into a way of life. § A rich cultural heritage: Auvergnes many castles and chateaux are the guardians of history and witnesses to turbulent times. Some stand out proudly in the surrounding landscape while others are hidden away. Today they host exhibitions, concerts, re-enactments or simply provide guest rooms. All leave visitors with dreams to remember. Auvergne Tourist Board 7, allée Pierre de Fermat CS 50502 63178 Aubière Cedex +33 (0)473 294 949 www.auvergne-tourisme.info SHORT BREAKS The regional capital of Clermont Ferrand is formed from the two ancient towns of Clermont and Montferrand and is located at the foot of the Puy de Dôme. www.clermond-fd.com Le Puy en Velay in Haute Loire is one of Frances most extraordinary places. Set in a stunning natural environment, this town alone makes a journey to Auvergne worthwhile. www.ot-lepuyenvelay.fr ACTIVE HOLIDAYS The Auvergne volcanoes, a walkers paradise. Spend an afternoon, a day or a weekend exploring the heart of Auvergnes volcano country. Stevensons path Follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson by crossing the Cévennes, as he did originally on a donkey. ACCOMMODATION Lovers of large spaces will be quite satisfied in Château dYgrande, this XIXth century magnificent castle overlooking the Bourbonnais Bocage. You will appreciate a 40 ha park; a swimming pool near the orchard, a luxurious vegetable garden and a terrace to enjoy the view of the woods and the Bourbon country. www.chateauygrande.fr Find a multitude of charming accommodations all around the Auvergne region with LES LOGIS DE FRANCE- www.logis-de-france.fr/uk/region/auvergne.htm CULTURAL A rich and remarkable Romanesque heritage Some 250 religious buildings were constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries. Auvergnes architecture developed later than northern France, meaning the area has been left with many large and high quality Romanesque buildings. Five of these, located around Clermont-Ferrand, are know as the major churches because of the uniform style of their architecture. GASTRONOMY Auvergne has five AOP cheeses and many local varieties. The fifty stages of the Route des fromages AOP (AOP cheese road), taking you around Cantal and Puy de Dôme on horseback, go from Auvergne blue cheese to Saint Nectaire and Cantal, as well as Fourme dAmbert and Salers. You can also learn about the regions cheese making tradition. ITINERARIES An organisation called La Route Historique des Châteaux dAuvergne has created six specially designed routes that feature fifty of the regions historic châteaux. For example, the Chateau de Saturnin is now open to a privileged few, who can enjoy its impressive size or the charm of its guestrooms, access to all of which, is through the court of honour. www.chateaudesaintsaturnin.com Auvergne can boast 11 out of the 150 most beautiful villages of France. Stroll in their narrow streets and dawdle in their historic squares. Enjoy the simple charms of a stone roof, a renaissance gate, a wash house or even just a reflection in a window. In these villages, visitor will have the opportunity to discover a real art of living with arts and crafts. FAMILY HOLIDAYS Vulcania leisure park Live the Earth adventure in a unique environment at the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes regional natural park. Vulcania has more than thirty spectacular activities through which visitors can learn about volcanology, earth sciences and the forces of nature. www.vulcania.com WELLBEING For 15 years, some spa towns like Vichy with the VICHY THERMAL SPA LES CELESTINS and Châtel- Guyon with the INSTITUT BIEN-ETRE have made the choice to build centres entirely dedicated to the well-being. All the spa towns of Auvergne are members of Route des Villes dEaux du Massif Central - Tour of Spa Towns from the Massif Central - a tourist operator that gathers 17 spa towns from 8 geographic department and 4 regions in the Massif Central mountain range. Its goal is to change the image of the spa resorts and, from the "Villes d'Eaux du Massif Central" (Water Cities of the Massif Central)" concept, shape up this territory into a model of sustainable development built around new ideas, talents, reception, modernity and quality.
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