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4 essential visits to make in Auvergne


With a particular nature and geology, Auvergne is an extraordinary mountainous region. It preserves traces of a turbulent geological past. Most of its tourism is centered around discovering its natural riches, including its famous volcanoes, hot springs and lakes. With a central location, it also allows easy access to other regions of France and other European countries. It is a green destination that we recommend for your next vacation. Here are four essential visits to make in Auvergne.

The Vulcania park to visit with the family

Awaken the explorer in you. Give your family a unforgettable stay : the Vulcania park in Auvergne it is the only one of its kind in Europe. Remember to book your hotel room in advance, especially during peak periods.

Pitoufeu, the friend of the children, Matt the explorer or Professor Yapadrisk will welcome you with open arms. They will make you discover the fascinating world of volcanoes through various fun and educational activities. You will have, for example, the Sacred Volcanoes to help you discover the history of volcanic legends. You will see the Volcano Drones show and how this new technology has revolutionized the work of volcanologists. The history of these terrestrial reliefs will have no more secrets for you thanks to the film Regards sur les volcans. It is projected on a giant screen of 415 m².

You will also become familiar with the natural phenomena : terrestrial, atmospheric and marine. You will then understand the mechanisms that generate the various cataclysms such as earthquakes, avalanches, etc. Angry Earth is an attraction that will take you to the heart of raging elements. Guaranteed emotions. With Dragon ride 2 you will study legendary animals.

Explore our solar system and discover all the secrets of our dear blue planet with Machine Earth. This will be scheduled for a session called Planet Unveiled, led by a scientific animator.

THE visit to the Vulcania Park will be placed under the sign of emotion. At the end, you will be rewarded with an Adventurer or Scientist badge.

The must-see volcanoes of Auvergne

The Auvergne volcanoes extend from the Puys range in the north to the Aubrac plateau in the south. They constitute a unique natural site. A journey that will transport you to the top. The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park is the largest regional nature park in France by surface area. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also includes the Monts du Cantal, the Monts Dore and the Cézallier massif.

You can perform various activities on land and in the air, both in summer and in winter. We recommend that you create a flew a hang glider if you have a strong heart. You will enjoy a breathtaking view. Skiing is also another way to discover these exceptional formations.

The Auvergne volcanoes are real geological treasures to visit during your excursions. The Cantal mountains are the largest stratovolcano in Europe. You will experience an enchanting stay at all levels, whether you are at the foot, on the slopes or at the top of these reliefs.

The sources of Vichy

THE thermal springs of Vichy they are world famous for their benefits. Napoleon III was treated there. He had also expressed the desire to make it the most beautiful place in France.

The Compagnie de Vichy manages nine thermal springs located at the foot of the Auvergne volcanoes:

  • The Célestins spring flows from a rock. It takes its name from the Celestine monastery that was built there. Its temperature remains constant at 22°C. It is the only source bottled under the VICHY Célestins brand.
  • The Lucas source has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. There cosmetic brand Vichy uses it in its compositions. It is also used as a spray to treat skin conditions.
  • The Chomel spring is rich in fluorine. Vichy salts are extracted here. These are among the ingredients of the famous Pastilles de Vichy.
  • The source of the hospital is mainly composed of carbonized anhydrides. We recommend it if you have digestive, intestinal or gastric problems.
  • The source of the Grande-Grille is the richest in fluorine. It is consumed as a drink in low doses, to be repeated several times during the day.
  • The source of the Dôme is used to produce the peloid mud used in the Thermes de Vichy.
  • The source of the Lys is artificial. It is used to make peloid mud.
  • The Boussange source is the subject of an industrial exploitation which supplies the thermal establishments.
  • The Antoine spring has a temperature that reaches 75°C.

If you want to spend a wellness stay, this is the ideal place. You have the opportunity to taste the spring waters in various places. They have the particularity of not undergoing any treatment. No foreign substances are added to it. They are used in prescription water cures or in external cures. Their composition and the absence of bacterial contamination allow it therapeutic use as medicine.

We advise you to drink thermal water to its source to make the most of its virtues.

The sources of Vichy

Lake Bouchet

The volcanic lake of Bouchet is ideally located in a wooded environment composed of fir and larch trees. It is spread over an area of ​​44 hectares. This is the busiest natural site in the department. Labeled Blue Flag because of its environmental quality, its water is pure and ideal for swimming. It offers various activities in the middle of nature. As a family, your children will enjoy the various play areas. You can also picnic in dedicated areas.

Sailing on the lake is a major attraction. Fishing is divided into two distinct seasons. From 1 January to 31 August it is open to the public. From 1 September to 31 December it is dedicated to sport fishing. The Club Vellave de Plongée manages the underwater activities through which you will have the opportunity to discover the depths of the lake. A unique experience.

During a hike, you will conquer the paths to discover the particularities of the Lac du Bouchet.

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