An introduction to the region of Auvergne

Some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery in France are to be seen from the gites in Auvergne, whose lofty peaks rise out of southern central France. The Auvergne region is one of the most mountainous, and least populated parts of France - its hills rise to nearly 2000m in the centre of the Massif Central. This area of outstanding natural beauty is bordered to the south by Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon, to the west by Limousin, and to the east by the Rhone valley region of Rhone-Alpes.

The only major city in this unspoilt area of mountains, forests and gorges is Clermont-Ferrand. This town is surrounded by volcanic stumps, and well-known in France as the home of the famous Gallic resistor to Roman occupation, Vercingetorix. Outdoor pursuits are the main attractions for visitors, with ample opportunity to see the wilder and more dramatic side of French culture. Visitors are welcome any time of year - it's simply a matter of deciding which activity is best suited to the season.

Things to do and places to see

If your gites in Auvergne are close to the capital of the region, Clermont-Ferrand, then a day wandering around its environs is definitely in order. It is this part of the region that has the most recent volcanic edifices - the Chaîne des Puys. These are the remains of volcanic eruptions between 70,000 and 6,000 years ago, and form a striking line of cones running to the west of the city; but some older and smaller cones are within the city itself.

Surprising to some, but well enjoyed by those in the know, are the winter sports in this region. The high elevation makes much of the Auvergne very snow-prone - and so ideal for skiing. There are two fantastic ski resorts, on the flanks of The Puy de Sancy volcano - Mont Dore and Super Besse. Although not as well developed as the French Alpine resorts, securing a gite close by offers the ultimate 'get-away-from-it-all' skiing holiday; away from the queues and crowds.

Hiking, walking and caving are all popular, from the spring through to the autumn. There are numerous gites in Auvergne seeking to cater to those looking for a cosy base, for each day's exciting activity. A great scenic route to check out is the Allier gorges, whose sheer cliffs have been carved out by the Allier river.

Making the most of your holiday in Auvergne

Winter is a great time for skiers, at the main resorts, but not a good time for general travel. Snow blocks many of the routes across the region. Summer is definitely the best time for those tempted to hike, climb or cycle around the area.
Another thing to look out for is shop closing times - in the Auvergne, as in many rural parts of France, many shops, and even public services, close for a long lunch, and may not re-open for a couple of hours. Also, shops often close on Mondays.

Travel to Auvergne France

The easiest way to get to this relatively remote part of France is by rail. The French SCNF rail service has a fast line down to Clermont-Ferrand from Paris, which takes a little over 3 hours. Eurostar also does a package from London St. Pancras that can get you to Limoges in six hours. From there it is probably best to get a rental car, as the gites in Auvergne are often rural and far flung.

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Passerat Maurs La Jolie, Auvergne
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Passerat Maurs La Jolie - Auvergne
Single-family house "Passerat". On the outskirts, 300 m from the river. Private: property 1'500 m2 (fenced). Shop, grocery, restaurant 500 m, railway station 1 km, outdoor swimming pool 1 km. ...more details available
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ferme Puy En Velay, Auvergne
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ferme Puy En Velay - Auvergne
Solignac sur Loire 15 km from du Puy Velay: At the foot of the Micezelle, old terraced house "ferme", renovated in 1998. On the outskirts. For shared use: garden (fenced). Private: property 150 m2 (fenced) with lawn. Garden furniture, roofed, parking ...more details available
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