Clermont-Ferrand is a sizeable city in the Massif Central region of France. Surrounded by a chain of extinct volcanoes, it has some impressive mountain scenery making it ideal for hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts. Its main claim to fame is as the birthplace of Michelin tyres. Each year it hosts an international short film festival. Holiday rentals in the Clermont-Ferrand region are ideal for outdoor pursuits and exploring the many historic towns in the area.
Outdoor Activities: The narrow lanes around the Clermont-Ferrand area are suitable for country rambles, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and nature spotting. Go fishing, swimming and sailing on Lake Feyt and Lake Auriac and in the winter, enjoy skiing and winter sports.
Go Mushroom Picking: The forest of Quinsac is the perfect place to go mushroom picking, a very pleasurable way to enjoy the Auvergne countryside, or buy some on the local market.
Explore the Volcanoes: Explore the countryside with the “Chaine des Puys” extinct volcanoes. Many of the high peaks still have their craters intact, making it easy to see how the rocky landscape was formed. The high point is the “Puy de Dome” which is topped with antennas.
Volvic: This spa town is world famous for its bottled water but it is well worth visiting for its attractive scenery too. Take a tour of the Volvic water bottling company then visit the old quarries known as the “Maison de la Pierre”. The ruins of the old Chateau de Tournoel make a dramatic backdrop to the town and the 12th century church of St-Priest is an interesting attraction.
Thiers: Thiers is the home of Sabatier knives, favoured by chefs worldwide. Situated beside the rushing River Durolle which once powered the grinding wheels, the city has interesting medieval architecture. The old town has many merchant houses dating back to the 14th century with half-timbered facades and the three old churches are also worth exploring.
Saint-Saturnin: The pretty village of Saint-Saturnin is about 20 km from holiday homes in the Clermont-Ferrand area. The ancient streets lead to the old ramparts with a steep drop on the other side. There are plenty of pretty houses around the central square and the church is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. Saint-Saturnin Castle was where Catherine de Medici established court with her son Charles IX.
Holiday homes in the Clermont-Ferrand area enjoy temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F) in the sunny summer months. Winters are cool with snow on high ground.
The nearest airport to holiday homes in the Clermont-Ferrand area is the Clermont Ferrand (CFE) Airport which has regular budget flights from most major European cities. There are also regular train connections between Paris and Clermont-Ferrand.