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The '''Auvergne''' [http://www.crt-auvergne.fr/fr/index.htm] is an extensive region of central [[France]]. A large part of the Auvergne region is covered by the volcanic Massif Central mountain range, a region of vast green open spaces, dotted with lakes, forests and extinct volcanoes, plus some of the best hiking territory to be found in [[France]]. The region is home to two Regional Natural Parks - the Livradois-Forez Park and the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, more than 500 Romanesque churches, over 50 ''châteaux'' to visit along the 'Route des Châteaux d'Auvergne' and 10 spa towns (with all the charm of the 'Belle Epoque').
 
The '''Auvergne''' [http://www.crt-auvergne.fr/fr/index.htm] is an extensive region of central [[France]]. A large part of the Auvergne region is covered by the volcanic Massif Central mountain range, a region of vast green open spaces, dotted with lakes, forests and extinct volcanoes, plus some of the best hiking territory to be found in [[France]]. The region is home to two Regional Natural Parks - the Livradois-Forez Park and the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, more than 500 Romanesque churches, over 50 ''châteaux'' to visit along the 'Route des Châteaux d'Auvergne' and 10 spa towns (with all the charm of the 'Belle Epoque').
 
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==Regions==
 
 
* [[Allier]]
 
* [[Cantal]]
 
* [[Haute-Loire]]
 
* [[Puy-de-Dôme]]
 
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
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*[[Clermont-Ferrand]] - the capital of the region
 
*[[Clermont-Ferrand]] - the capital of the region
 
*[[Aurillac]]
 
*[[Aurillac]]
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*[[Mont Dore]] - A spa town located at the head of the Dordogne river, just beneath Puy de Sancy. An excellent location for hiking.
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*[[Thiers]] - Industrial town tipped down steep ravine; prominent manufacture is cutlery: buy your sets of knives here!
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
  
*[[Mont Dore]] - A spa town located at the head of the Dordogne river, just beneath Puy de Sancy. An excellent location for hiking.
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*[[Puy-de-Dôme]]- Stunning rock pinnacle surmounted by antenna, often hidden in clouds. Look out for eagles.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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===By train===
 
===By train===
  
There are trains from Clermont Ferrand and Toulouse to Aurillac, which pass through the small towns and villages of the Auvergne. They are slow! For a full timetable of the two routes go to sncf Cantal
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There are trains from Clermont Ferrand and [[Toulouse]] to Aurillac, which pass through the small towns and villages of the Auvergne. They are slow! For a full timetable of the two routes go to sncf Cantal
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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* '''European Volcanic Park''', [http://www.vulcania.com/]. the Auvergne is the largest volcanic region in [[Europe]]
 
* '''European Volcanic Park''', [http://www.vulcania.com/]. the Auvergne is the largest volcanic region in [[Europe]]
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* '''Auvergne Historical Châteaux Route''', [http://www.route-chateaux-auvergne.org/Index_Anglais.htm].
 
* '''Auvergne Historical Châteaux Route''', [http://www.route-chateaux-auvergne.org/Index_Anglais.htm].
  
==Do==
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* '''The Haut Allier valley''' [http://music-valley.org] - The high valley of the [[Allier]] is a listed ''Art and History'' area with a magnificent natural environment and a musical programme in the summer.
  
Hotel Du Centre 63310 RANDAN 00 33 4 70 41 50 23
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*Auvergne is liberally sprinkled with fascinating Romanesque churches, often dating to before 1000 AD. Visit, and you will quite likely hear some beautiful music, and definitely see a lot of gorgeous stained glass, set in stone dripping with history. Many parish churches have their pillars painted the way they were when they were built.
If you happen to travel from Vichy to Clermont Ferrand you can stop in Randan and experience the delicious food of Alain and the smile of Liliane.
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Stay in an [http://chazieux.fr Auvergne cottage gite] near historic Brioude, in the heart of southern Auvergne.
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* '''Electrodome'''- Quirky local museum about France's first electrified village.
  
==Drink==
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==Do==
  
==Sleep==
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==Eat==
  
* '''[http://www.longitudehotels.com/groupe-en/ Longitude Hotels]'''
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*Lots of possibilities, in the whole price range, in [[St-Nectaire]], known throughout France for its cheese.
For 20 years, Longitude Hotels has been putting its know-how and expertise to serve at best its customers.
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Hospitality is our passion, this is why we promise to welcome you in the best conditions of quality and of service.
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*Same goes for the sprawling village of [[Champeix]], down the valley from St-Nectaire. Look out for the tasty, filling dish of Truffade, a local speciality made from mashed spuds and melted local cheese, served with ham.
  
Across France, our collection of hotels and castles welcomes you.
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* <eat name="Hotel Du Centre" alt="" address="Randan" directions="" phone="+33 4 7041 5023" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">If you happen to travel from Vichy to Clermont Ferrand you can stop in Randan and experience the delicious food of Alain and the smile of Liliane</eat>
  
Make your choice ...
 
  
* '''[http://www.longitudehotels.com/chateau-salles/en/presentation.html Chateau de Salles]'''[http://www.chateausalles.com/]
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==Drink==
Located a few minutes from Aurillac, the Hotel [http://www.longitudehotels.com/chateau-salles/en/presentation.html Chateau de Salles][http://www.chateausalles.com/] offers an exceptional panorama on the Monts of Cantal. located near the Vézac golf course(18 holes), the property extends over a park of eight hectares.
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This ancient castle of the fifteenth century offers [http://www.longitudehotels.com/chateau-salles/en/diaporama.html 30 rooms and suites nature harmoniously combining charm], elegance, comfort and authenticity.  
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*The local wine comes from [[Roanne]], in the east of the region, and is called Roannaise. Red is fruity and light; rosé lighter still and tasty; white also available. NB: Volume of production seems limited.
  
The restaurant, one of the best in the region, will deliciously complement your stay.
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==Sleep==
  
For your leisure and and professional events, the hotel also offers its guests a swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, tennis court and three large rooms. The outstanding locationmakes you just a few minutes of main interests in the region.
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* <sleep name="Auvergne cottage" alt="gite" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://chazieux.fr" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Stay in a historic cottage near historic [[Brioude]], in the heart of southern Auvergne. Spacious living area with dining table for six. A three-bedrooms accommodating up to six people Massif Central. Smoking is not permitted within the gite and no animals are allowed. Broadband (ADSL) Internet access is included (bring your own laptop!), DVD/CD  player and LCD TV monitor. Open from late April to late October.</sleep>
 
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* '''[http://www.longitudehotels.com/chateau-st-cirq-lapopie/en/presentation.html Chateau de Saint-Cirq Lapopie]'''[http://www.lapopie.fr/]
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[http://www.longitudehotels.com/chateau-st-cirq-lapopie/en/presentation.html Chateau de Saint-Cirq Lapopie][http://www.lapopie.fr/] is the perfect hideaway for the perfect holiday.
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Not merely a hotel located in the heart of the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, it is the heart of it. The village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Standing high on a bluff overlooking the banks of nearly 100 meters, is one of the major sites of the valley, a place selected by painters and writers of yesterday and today for its beauty and charme.
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It is in this landscape of lighting, stone and water that we invite you to stay in our home.
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We have four guest rooms decorated in authentic and the ambience pleasant into an unforgettable event.
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Welcome to one of the most beautiful villages in France ...
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==Stay safe==
 
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Revision as of 18:19, 18 March 2013

The Auvergne [1] is an extensive region of central France. A large part of the Auvergne region is covered by the volcanic Massif Central mountain range, a region of vast green open spaces, dotted with lakes, forests and extinct volcanoes, plus some of the best hiking territory to be found in France. The region is home to two Regional Natural Parks - the Livradois-Forez Park and the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, more than 500 Romanesque churches, over 50 châteaux to visit along the 'Route des Châteaux d'Auvergne' and 10 spa towns (with all the charm of the 'Belle Epoque').

Contents

Cities

  • Clermont-Ferrand - the capital of the region
  • Aurillac
  • Mont Dore - A spa town located at the head of the Dordogne river, just beneath Puy de Sancy. An excellent location for hiking.
  • Thiers - Industrial town tipped down steep ravine; prominent manufacture is cutlery: buy your sets of knives here!

Other destinations

  • Puy-de-Dôme- Stunning rock pinnacle surmounted by antenna, often hidden in clouds. Look out for eagles.

Understand

Talk

Get in

By car

The Auvergne region can be reached from Paris on the A71 motorway (3 hrs), from Lyon on the A72 motorway (2 hrs) and from Beziers on the A75 Méridienne motorway (no toll).

By train

There are trains from Clermont Ferrand and Toulouse to Aurillac, which pass through the small towns and villages of the Auvergne. They are slow! For a full timetable of the two routes go to sncf Cantal

Get around

See

  • European Volcanic Park, [2]. the Auvergne is the largest volcanic region in Europe
  • Auvergne Historical Châteaux Route, [3].
  • The Haut Allier valley [4] - The high valley of the Allier is a listed Art and History area with a magnificent natural environment and a musical programme in the summer.
  • Auvergne is liberally sprinkled with fascinating Romanesque churches, often dating to before 1000 AD. Visit, and you will quite likely hear some beautiful music, and definitely see a lot of gorgeous stained glass, set in stone dripping with history. Many parish churches have their pillars painted the way they were when they were built.
  • Electrodome- Quirky local museum about France's first electrified village.

Do

Eat

  • Lots of possibilities, in the whole price range, in St-Nectaire, known throughout France for its cheese.
  • Same goes for the sprawling village of Champeix, down the valley from St-Nectaire. Look out for the tasty, filling dish of Truffade, a local speciality made from mashed spuds and melted local cheese, served with ham.
  • Hotel Du Centre, Randan, +33 4 7041 5023. If you happen to travel from Vichy to Clermont Ferrand you can stop in Randan and experience the delicious food of Alain and the smile of Liliane


Drink

  • The local wine comes from Roanne, in the east of the region, and is called Roannaise. Red is fruity and light; rosé lighter still and tasty; white also available. NB: Volume of production seems limited.

Sleep

  • Auvergne cottage (gite), [5]. Stay in a historic cottage near historic Brioude, in the heart of southern Auvergne. Spacious living area with dining table for six. A three-bedrooms accommodating up to six people Massif Central. Smoking is not permitted within the gite and no animals are allowed. Broadband (ADSL) Internet access is included (bring your own laptop!), DVD/CD player and LCD TV monitor. Open from late April to late October.

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