The Auvergne covers an area of 26 000 km²
It has a population of 1.300.000 inhabitants, i.e. a population density of 50 inhabitants/km².
With a reputation of being the “lungs” of France, this region offers to visitors its volcanoes, low mountains, lakes, forests and rivers, as well as a very important cultural and historical heritage, including more than 500 roman churches, over 50 castles open to visitors, and 10 recognised spas.
A large number of sport and leisure activities are open to you: hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, hang-on gliding, canoeing, swimming and bathing, sailing and, during the winter months, alpine and cross-country skiing, and even snow-shoe trekking.<br>The Auvergne is renowned for its gastronomy and hospitality. If you enjoy a good table, cold meats, cheese boards and wine cellars, you are coming to the right place !
Located in the central part of France, the Auvergne is very accessible to travellers.
- by motorway:
- 3 hours from Paris (A71)
- 2 hours from Lyon and the lower hills of the Alps (A72)
- 3 hours from Montpellier and the Mediterranean (A75)
- 4 hours from Bordeaux and the Atlantic Ocean (A89)
- by plane:
The airport in Aulnat / Clermont-Ferrand offers a wide choice of commercial flights to the airports of Paris, Amsterdam and London
- by train:
The journey from Paris to Clermont-Ferrand takes 3 ½ hours, and is very comfortable.
A few useful links:
- Auvergne : www.auvergne-tourisme.info
- Châteaux d’Auvergne : www.route-chateaux-auvergne.org
- Puy de Dôme : www.planetepuydedome.com
- Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne : www.parc-volcans-auvergne.com
- Parc du Livradois-Forez : www.parc-livradois-forez.org
- Vulcania : www.vulcania.com