The spa town of Mont-Dore is situated within the Puy-de-Dome area of Auvergne, in central France. This is in an area that is dominated by mountains and ancient, extinct volcanoes. In fact, the highest mountain in the area - Puy de Sancy - makes for an impressive backdrop behind the settlement and this is where one of the best winter sporting resorts in central France can be found. Holidays in Mont-Dore are popular at any time of the year, due to the natural beauty of the surrounding area and the sheer number of activities that are available for you to enjoy.
So, as we have already established, there is a winter sporting resort situated on the northern side of the mountain behind the town and this also goes by the name of Mont Dore. There are no less than 30 runs to be enjoyed here and the resort has an excellent reputation. There are also numerous trails for people who enjoy hiking in the valleys and hills around Mont-Dore and opportunities to enjoy fishing, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling, spelunking, kayaking and white-water rafting. With so much to do on your holidays in Mont-Dore, you will never have time to feel bored!
There are some great small and scenic towns just waiting to be explored within the Puy-de-Dome area and the Massif Central is actually a beautiful but relatively little-known region of France. It is imperative to have access to your own transport to really be able to get out and explore all that there is to see in the Auvergne. The one city within this region that you should try your best to visit is Clermont-Ferrand. There are attractions for every member of your travelling party here: from museums such as the Musee du Ranquet and Musee d’Art Roger Quillot for people interested in the history and culture of the area; to a science theme park (Vulcania) for the youngsters and those interested in geology and volcanology.
The weather on your holidays in Mont-Dore will be a typical continental climate. This means that summers are pleasantly warm and dry, whilst winters are cold and snowy, especially at higher elevations above sea level. During the months between July and August, you can expect temperatures to reach the mid-twenties degrees Celsius. In winter, this is more likely to be in very low single digits or just below freezing.
Probably the best bet for your holidays in Mont-Dore will be to use the airport at Clermont-Ferrand (CFE). This is only around a half hour’s drive from the cosy and comfortable self catering accommodation in Mont-Dore. Flybe operates a flight to and from SouthamptonAirport (SOU).