Allier is a beautiful rural department of the Auvergne region of France. Located in the Massif Central, Allier is best known for its magnificent landscape of mountains, ancient forests and dramatic plunging gorges. Allier is the most beautiful area of Auvergne, France’s ‘green lung’, and is the pinnacle of outdoor activity holidays in France. The only things which break up the greenery are the stately chateaux, castles and fortresses which stand proudly on various hill-tops throughout Allier, France.
If you are looking at taking a Allier property for an outdoor holiday, soaking in the incredible atmosphere, scenery and fresh air, you are in luck; Allier is the perfect place to walk, cycle and ride horses. There are over 400km of marked trails in the unspoilt Le Montagne Bourbonnaise alone. The Val d’Allier Nature Park is a birdwatchers dream, as over 250 bird species call the park home, and is crossed with some excellent walking trails.
Allier is also very rich in culture and history. The chateaux, fortresses and villas which dominate stretches of the skyline make fascinating viewing, but if you are looking for galleries, theatres and museums, head towards Moulins.
Golfers will be happy in an Allier property too. There are five full 18 hole golf courses in Allier, which incorporate testing sport and stunning scenery seamlessly. All you will need to get a round or golf lesson will be a handicap certificate.
Family holidays in Allier are excellent, and not only due to the wonderful range of healthy, outdoor and not least, great fun activities available. The Le Pal Water Park and Zoo is filled with entertainment, from sea lion displays to train rides.
Close to ski resorts of Puy-de-Dome, an Allier property is perfect for mountaineering and a host of mountain activities, from climbing to mountain-boarding.
The capital of Allier, Moulins is a wonderfully picturesque city. Moulins is a historic town of great medieval charm and strolling through the streets is a wonderful way to spend a day or two, investigating the distinctive, often outrageous architecture dating back to the Bourbonnais era.
If the strain of exploring the magnificent countryside of Allier has taken its toll, don’t return to your self catering Allier property with aches and pains, but travel to Vichy, a popular and prestigious spa town. The spa dates back as far as Roman times, and the peaceful atmosphere and top-class spa facilities mean that your body will be free of pain and stress within minutes!
Allier has a wonderfully mild climate, meaning that you can explore the great outdoors without overheating! In summer, average monthly temperatures remain around 18°C, with daily peaks of around 28°C. In the winter months, temperatures plummet to average around 2°C, (in December and January), so pack a good jacket!
Limoges Airport (LIG) is the closest to a holiday rental property in Allier, around an hour away. Ryanair and Flybe both provide cheap flights from the south coast of England, but if you are travelling from elsewhere in Britain, Tours (TUF), St Etienne (EBU) and Lyon (LYN) are all within two hours of an Allier property, and receive direct flights form across the UK. Alternatively, the ports of Calais and St Malo are only a 5 hour drive from Allier.