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Auvergne travel guide

About Auvergne

A land of sleeping volcanoes that provides a fantastic scenic landscape for outdoor pursuits all year round, as well as healing spa waters, the Auvergne is full of spa resorts, outdoor trails and local villages that really come to life in the summer with lots of quaint traditional festivals.

Known as one of France's hidden treasures, the volcanic land of the Auvergne is in the very heart of France and perhaps best known for supplying many varieties of mineral water.

This region of spectacular hills, mountains and forests is ideal for outdoor pursuits with some of the best walking and cycling country in France, along with many watersports on the numerous lakes and rivers.

You will also find some of the most magnificent medieval castles and Romanesque churches to visit here, or if you are simply looking to relax there are as many as 10 spa resorts offering a variety of treatments to soothe away any niggling aches and pains.

During the summer months local villages come alive with colourful festivals where flowers adorn the streets and houses and the main activity is folk dancing

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Cuisine of Auvergne

Local specialities

Delicious cheeses such as Bleu d'Auvergne, Fourme d'Ambert and Saint Nectaire. The best lentils in France.

What's on the menu?

Aligot made with mashed potato, cheese and garlic. Potée Auvergnate, a tasty vegetable and pork stew.

What to drink

Fruit liqueurs, Côtes d'Auvergne wines and of course mineral water.

Why visit Auvergne?

  • Thermal springs and spa towns
  • Dramatic volcanic landscape
  • Explore volcanoes at Vulcania theme park
  • Great for hiking, cycling and river sports

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