5 km from le Vernet la Varenne, visit Chameane, its castle and its Romanesque church
In la Chapelle sur Usson, you can visit a private améthyst outcrop.
Further afield, in Boudes, discover la Vallée des Saints and its "fairy chimney" rocks. Near, visit the castle of Villeneuve Lembron and the church of Mailhat (XIIth century) between Lamontgie and Saint Martin des Plains.
Issoire, is the nearest town. You can visit the abbey church, the romanesque art center George Duby, the clock tower, exposition of modern art an walk along Couze Pavin. Don't forget Usson, classified in most beautiful villages in France, which served as the place of exile for Queen Margot.
|In the south of the Vernet la Varenne, towards Haute-Loire, along the valley of Dolore, discover
Novacelles and its romanic church, Saint Sauveur la
Sagne and in Arlanc,
le jardin pour la terre and the lace museum. Further La
Chaise Dieu famous for its classical music festival, at the end of august, and its abbey; Brioude and the basilica of Saint Julien. Nearby, the
upper valley of the Allier, the abbey of Lavaudieu and two remarkable villages,
On the road to Ambert you cross over Saint-Germain l'Herm, Fournols, and pass near Saint Amant Roche Savine. In the Ambert nicknamed "Cité des copains" you find a lot of museums: Mus'energie and Richard de Bas paper mill. Take a trip with touristic train AGRIVAP.