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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==
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One of France's hidden treasures, the Auvergne is a region of hills and mountains, valleys, forests and rivers.
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The mountains of Auvergne, which culminate in rocky peaks at over 7000 feet, are the backbone of France's Massif Central. Auvergne is  the largest volcanic area in Europe, though the volcanoes are not active: dormant, but not - as the experts stress - extinct, even though there has not ben an eruption for over 3000 years. While the northern end of the province includes the plains of the Loire and Allier valleys towards the low-lying Centre of France, most of the southern part of the region is hilly or mountainous, with large stretches of land lying at over 1000 metres (over 3000 ft). These uplands are penetrated by the valleys of many rivers, most notably the Loire and the Allier which both rise in the south of the Auvergne.
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Sparsely populated, the Auvergne boasts a fine natural and cultural heritage, including beautiful valleys, large expanses of coniferous forests, and spectacular hillscapes. It is a region much appreciated by ramblers and nature lovers, as well as by people in search of a holiday far from the madding crowd.
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It is a region rich in history too, with a fine collection of historic dungeons and castles, as well as some of the most interesting romanesque churches in France, many with frescoes. The small city of Le Puy, famous for its lace-making, is one of the most unusual cities in France, due to the rocky pinnacles that stick up in the middle of it.
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* [[Allier]]
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* [[Cantal]]
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* [[Puy-de-Dôme]]
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==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==
 
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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).
 
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===
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===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].
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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.
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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.
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* '''Electrodome'''- Quirky local museum about France's first electrified village.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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*Lots of possibilities, in the whole price range, in [[St-Nectaire]], known throughout France for its cheese.
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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.
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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>
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==Drink==
 
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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.
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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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==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.

Stay safe

Get out




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