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Auvergne

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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').

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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.
  • Puy-de-Dôme

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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

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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.

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Hotel Du Centre 63310 RANDAN 00 33 4 70 41 50 23 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.

Stay in an Auvergne cottage gite near historic Brioude, in the heart of southern Auvergne.

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