Puy de Dome
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In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Puy-de-Dôme is a territory shaped by millennia of volcanic activity.
In central France, the Puy-de-Dôme is a beautiful Auvergne department. Here the generous nature ensures a spectacle at all times.
The essentials of the Puy-de-Dôme department
Among the essentials of Puy-de-Dôme, we cannot ignore the majestic chain of Puys. With its 1 meters above sea level, the Puy de Dôme classified Grand Site de France, is the highest peak. To climb it, treat yourself the Panoramic of the Domes. This electric cogwheel train will get you to the top in 15 minutes. You will thus discover sumptuous panoramas on the puys, the plain of Limagne, the Sancy massif and the Clermont-Ferrand metropolis.
Remarkable natural sites
In the Puy-de-Dôme, nature offers a striking spectacle in the heart of the regional natural parks of Auvergne and Livradois-Forez volcanoes. The chain of Puys - Faille de Limagne is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It offers an emblematic landscape of the chain of Auvergne volcanoes. But the Puy-de-Dôme is also the Monts Dore and the Puy de Sancy, the highest point of the Massif Central, or the mountains of Forez and Livradois. Do not miss the Bois Noirs massifs, the Cézallier, the Limagne plain, or the Allier and Dore valleys.
In the heart of these volcanic landscapes, hiking is an essential outdoor sport in the Puy-de-Dôme. The paths of pilgrims, conquerors and the curious are magnificent family walks. The mule track and the goat path are also beautiful. And for the more athletic, this territory is crossed by exceptional long-distance hiking trails. And to discover the summits differently, you might as well gain height in a paraglider or in a hot air balloon.
In the Puy-de-Dôme, the remains of the former feudal castle of the Auvergne dolphins are exceptional. Also discover the Marchidial site and its remains of a medieval fortress clinging to a rocky outcrop. To finish, the charterhouse of Port Sainte-Marie and the former Commanderie Hospitalière d'Olloix will delight history buffs.