Auvergne’s volcanoes: sleeping giants in the heart of France
The Chaîne des Puys is a volcanic area stretching out for more than 30 km and located in the centre of Europe’s largest regional nature park: the Parc Naturel des Volcans d’Auvergne (the Auvergne Volcanoes Nature Park). There’s nothing more relaxing than hiking or simply strolling freely through this marvellous open, natural area.
One of Auvergne’s most famous volcanoes, the Puy de Dôme, offers an unbeatable view across the Chaîne des Puys and the surrounding landscapes.
In the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, Vulcania is a theme park where children and adults can learn about earth sciences in a fun and interactive environment. Attractions include “5D” films, motion platforms, interactive exhibitions and Le Ballon des Puys, a tethered helium balloon offering a 150m high view of the Chaîne des Puys. Vulcania is the front door to discover the volcanoes of Auvergne, according to the Lonely Planet guide.
• The “Panoramique des Dômes”, a train with panoramic windows providing amazing views of the 80 volcanoes of Auvergne.
• The natural lakes in the craters are “must-see” natural features.
•The natural site of the Volvic Impluvium (where the region’s famous mineral water takes its source) offers hikes and summer activities for the whole family.