The Issoire region is south of Clermont-Ferrand in the Puy-de-Dome department of the Auverge. The rugged volcanic backdrop is softened by rolling green hills. The bustling town of Issoire makes a great base for visitors staying in holiday homes in the Issoire region with plenty of local shops, arcaded houses, a belltower and other attractions.
Outdoor Activities: The narrow lanes surrounding holiday homes in the Issoire area are suitable for country walks, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and nature spotting. Go swimming and sailing on Lake Feyt and Lake Auriac. In the winter, enjoy skiing and winter sports in the nearby mountains.
Explore the Volcanoes: One of the main attractions in the area is 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 countless antennas.
Go Fishing: Holiday homes in the Issoire area of the Auvergne are popular with fishing enthusiasts as the freshwater lakes and rivers provide excellent angling opportunities.
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 many merchant houses dating back to the 14th century with half-timbered facades. The historic churches are also interesting to visit.
Saint-Saturnin: The pretty village of Saint-Saturnin is about 20 km from holiday homes in the Issoire area. Saint-Saturnin Castle was where Catherine de Medici established court with her son Charles IX. The cobbled 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.
Volvic: This spa town is world famous for its bottled water and is about 55 km from holiday rentals in the Issoire area. 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 worth exploring.
Holiday homes in the Issoire area enjoy temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F) in the sunny summer months with some rain showers. Winters are cool, averaging highs of 6°C (43°F), with snow on high ground.
St Etienne (EBU) is the nearest airport to holiday homes in the Issoire area, 81 km away, and it has regular budget flights from most major European cities. There are also regular train connections between Paris and Clermont-Ferrand making it very easy to reach the Issoire region.