Auvergne: A journey into the heart of France

August 11, 2012

in Spain

In my last article you came to know about volcanoes and from there you must be interested to know more about France and especially about Auvergne.To reach Auvergne from Spain, you can take a  flight with Easyjet to Lyon airport, located 200 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand. The airline offers daily flights from Madrid with departure at 13:35 hours and 11:05 for the return flight. The ticket Price starts from 22.99 euros per way (tax included).


Right in the middle of France is Auvergne, Auvergne  is a region little known to the Spanish tourist, the most familiar of this area is the spa town of Vichy.It is divided into four regions (Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Haute-Loire and Allier) is a comprehensive destination for those seeking a road trip that includes outdoor activities, like hiking, art, knowing the place history and hotels with good cuisine.

The chain of ancient craters that make up the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne is one of its most emblematic icons, like Vulcania , a theme park devoted to the phenomenon volcanological opened almost 10 years back and each season offers new exhibits and attractions ranging from 3D projections to samples that provide insights into the work of known volcanologists.

If you want more of Auvergne, to know their cheeses, find a château where you feel like a marquis, stroll through one of the most beautiful villages in France and savor some of the creations of a Michelin-starred chef, do not miss this introduction .

Auvergne A château overlooking the volcanoes

Auvergne A château overlooking the volcanoes

On the outskirts of the village of Thuret, located between the towns of Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand, is the Château La Caniere , a beautiful mansion with a long history perfect for those seeking a classy accommodation from which you can explore the area. Both the restaurant and the 26 rooms and suites are dedicated to the  Lavoisier, since from the late nineteenth century until the decade of the 20 collections were stored here and work of the scientist, who had been inherited by the family of Chazelles Bérard. IT is a place of pilgrimage for scholars and researchers went on to become British airmen hiding during World War II, resort of the French Navy for two decades, the reception center for young people with difficulties and, finally, in a hotel.

All rooms are tastefully decorated individually and two of them are adapted for guests with limited mobility. Divided into six categories, their surfaces ranging from 22-24 square meters of single rooms at 98 Châtelain Suite. The price of the Classic double room starts from the 155 € and throughout the year offers many deals and packages, most of which include a gourmet dinner in their restaurant. Based on the cuisine, à la carte menu also offers several theme menus from 37 euros per person, drinks not included.

 Regional Natural Park of Auvergne

A little over half an hour the château is the Regional Natural Park of Auvergne Volcanoes, a chain of 80 craters extending over 35 kilometers and offering a spectacular view from the air. Apart from hot air ballooning or travel the trails on foot or by bike, you can also visit Vulcania , where the visitor knows the phenomenon volcanology through exhibitions, attractions and interactive displays in 3D.

A very attractive proposition if you are traveling with children, in minutes spent observing the recreation of the eruption of a supervolcano in Toba region of Indonesia to travel to the bowels of a volcano about to erupt.

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