Auvergne offers a great diversity of landscapes modeled by volcanism during tertiary era in Three départements: Cantal, Haute-Loire and Puy de Dôme. From Le Vernet la Varenne, you can easily go everywhere in the region.
There are two Auvergne regional parks: le parc naturel du Livradois-Forez, including le Vernet la Varenne, and covering the thiers region, the Low and the high Livradois, Forez mountains, the Ambert plain and the Chaise Dieu area; le parc naturel des volcans d'Auvergne with chaîne des puys, le Sancy, the Cézallier, the Artense and the volcanoes of the Cantal .
Among the tourist sites near Issoire, go to lac Pavin, a natural crater lake. Stop at Saint Nectaire and discover its cheese, its romanic church and its petrififying fountains.
Murol castle is one of the most famous medieval fortresses in France. There are a lot of animations about medieval life.
All around, you'll find picturesque sites and villages.
|Le Puy en Velay is situated on a wonderful natural site
and is remarkable for the high quality of its architecture: the
cathedral and the cloister, the chapel of Saint Michel d'Auguilhe. It's
recognised as a starting point for the way of Saint James pilgrimage
Between Le Puy and La Chaise Dieu, you can see the castle of Polignac. Don't miss the castle of la Roche-Lambert, near Saint Paulien.