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Area:   26 013 km2
Population:   About 1 315 000
Climate:   Mountain and continental
Capital city:   Clermont-Ferrand
Departments:   03 - Allier (Moulins), 15 - Cantal (Aurillac), 43 - Haute-Loire (Le Puy-en-Velay), 63 - Puy-de-Dôme (Clermont-Ferrand)

Anchoring the center of France is the Massif Central, a rugged plateau of ancient granite and hardened lava, punctuated by vocanic peaks and deep river gorges. This is the land of the Auvergne, a region of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, located midway between Paris and the Mediterranean.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, regional artifacts suggest that the Celts lived here as early as 400 BC. Today, the Auvergne boasts some of France's most beautiful Romanesque churches, medieval castles, and Renaissance palaces. The first cathedral to be built in present-day Clermont-Ferrand was erected by Saint Namace in 450 AD, and rebuilt in the Gothic style beginning in the thirteenth century. In the medieval town of Montpeyroux, one of the most beautiful villages in France, artisans can be found practicing their ancient crafts in the fortress tower.

A major natural monument in the Auvergne is Puy de Dôme, an extinct volcano which rises 1,465 meters (4,807 feet), providing breathtaking views of the Puy mountain chain and the green plains below. A winding road takes visitors to the peak, where remains of the Roman Temple of Mercury can still be seen. On this site in 1648 Blaise Pascal performed his famous experiment on the weight of air.

The area is a paradise of outdoor activities, including skiing, rafting, biking, golfing, hiking, and hang-gliding. Lakes Guéry, Aydat, Pavin, and Chambon provide excellent opportunities for water sports such as canoeing, fishing, swimming, and sailing.

Renowned for its cheeses, widely-available selections include the blue cheeses Fourme d'Ambert and Bleu d'Auvergne, as well as Cantal, Salers, and St-Nectaire. Local dishes include pounti, a soufflé-like creation composed of ham, eggs, vegetables, and cream.

Weather information for Clermont-Ferrand


» Partly Cloudy
» Low: 44°F / 7°C
» High: 51°F / 11°C

» Light Rain
» Low: 44°F / 7°C
» High: 57°F / 14°C

» AM Drizzle
» Low: 46°F / 8°C
» High: 64°F / 18°C

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Regional tourism board
Department tourism board

Auvergne Region
            Auvergne, a paradise of space (Regional tourism board)
            Selected Hotels in Auvergne Region (Hotel)  

Department 03 - Allier
            Allier (Department tourism board)
            Nris-les-Bains (Tourism office)
            Pays de Lapalisse (Metropolitan area)
            Vichy (Tourism office)

Department 15 - Cantal
            Cantal (Department tourism board)
            Augerolles (Town)
            Aurillac et son Pays (Tourism office)
            Castle of Conros (Association)
            Margedie-Truyere (Metropolitan area)
            Pleaux (Private site)
            Saint-Flour (Tourism office)
            Valuejols (Town)

Department 43 - Haute-Loire
            Le Midi de l'Auvergne (Department tourism board)
            Brioude et sa rgion (Tourism office)
            Castle of Rochebaron (Association)
            Le Puy en Velay (Tourism office)

Department 63 - Puy-de-Dôme
            Puy-de-Dme (Department tourism board)
            Chteauneuf -Les-bains (Tourism office)
            Clermont-Ferrand, capital of the Auvergne region (Town)
            La Bourboule (Tourism office)
            St-Germain-l'Herm (Tourism office)

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