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Auvergne Travel Guide France

Lakes and volcanoes are just some of the reasons why people will go on holiday to the Auvergne region.

The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park, which is the largest in France, covers the five groups that form this unusual area "Chaîne des Puys" or Monts Dômes, the "Massif du Sancy" or Monts Dore, the "Plateau de l'Artense", the " Plateau du Cézallier" and the "Monts du Cantal".

Auvergne Province

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Auvergne Province of France

West of Clermont-Ferrand, the dormant volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys rise up over an area of around 40km and from the summit of the highest volcano called Puy de Dôme you can view their charm yet have a reminder of their destructive nature.

Among the open spaces of the Auvergne region a tourist site not to be missed called the Massif du Sancy rises, and Le Sancy is the highest point in central France at 1,886m.  There are lakes that surround this and one called Pavin is within a forest and is known as one of the most beautiful lakes in Auvergne.

Another incredible place to visit is the Fades Viaduct overlooking the Sioule.  This incredible piece of architecture was designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower, and at a height of more than 140m it is the highest in Europe.

On the border between the Bourbonnais region and the Berry region, you will come across the Forest of Tronçais.  It has inspired poets whose imaginations have filled it with a world of nymphs and fairies, yet today, the forest, which is predominantly made up of oak, beech and pine, provides raw materials for the production of barrels, notably for the great Bordeaux wines

And with over 500 Romanesque churches, over 40 chateaux, 10 spa towns, nature parks along with offering its visitors the largest group of volcanoes in Europe, the Auvergne region has some spectacular sights to keep everyone occupied and with it being acceible via several different motorways that converge on the area, it is definitely a place not to be missed.

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