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The Puy-de-Dôme

A unique place in the Chaîne des Puys

After visiting Royat-Chamalières and Clermont-Ferrand, a stone’s throw from our charming hotel, discover other must-see sites and breath-taking views a few kilometres away. From the volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys to the Sancy crests, from the Queuille river meander to the heaths of Hautes-Chaumes through the Gorges of Enval, climb up into the mountains and discover the majestic spectacle of landscapes unique to the Puy-de-Dôme in Auvergne.

Just 10 km away, The Puy de Dôme, the jewel in the Chaîne des Puys, boasts unrivalled panoramic views over the rest of the Chain, with its lakes, lava flows and vistas of the Sancy massif, Limagne Plain, and Clermont-Ferrand. It peaks at 1,465 m and overlooks a collection of 80 volcanoes. Listed as a “Grand Site de France” (Major French Site), it is the iconic volcano and the most distinctive in the Chaîne des Puys. It is seen as a point of reference and a mascot for this volcanic region and is easily recognizable thanks to the antenna at its peak.  In 15 minutes, the Dômes Panoramic train will take you to the top of the Puy de Dôme for a 360° view of the sleeping volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys and the Limagne Fault, this unique geological site bearing witness to a time when the continents were torn apart.

20 minutes’ drive from the hotel, Vulcania is the only park of its kind in Europe. This theme park, at the heart of the Volcans d’Auvergne Natural Regional Park, invites visitors to discover how volcanoes and the planet work. It also plays host to performances at different times of year and to a stunning firework display during the summer night celebrations.  Every year, over 300,000 visitors come here to experience an unforgettable adventure.

La Belle Meunière recommends: 

– Les Volcans Golf Course
– Paragliding
– Vulcania
– Hot air balloon ride
– UNESCO Chaîne des Puys