The Mauriac area of the Auverge in the Massif Central is an area of rugged volcanic mountains and pretty countryside scattered with tiny hamlets which remain much as they have for decades. The 18th century houses with slate roofs are surrounded by pretty gardens and the area has many rivers for boating and fishing. Holiday homes in the Mauriac area are the ideal base for those who enjoy hiking, biking and scenic drives. Explore tiny churches, shop on local markets and enjoy fine food and wine.
Pick Mushrooms: The forest of Quinsac is the perfect place to go mushroom picking, a very pleasurable way to enjoy the Auvergne countryside. Alternatively, buy some freshly picked at the local market.
Go Fishing: Holiday homes in the Mauriac area of the Auvergne are popular with fishing enthusiasts as it has many freshwater lakes and rivers providing excellent angling opportunities.
Outdoor Activities: The narrow lanes around the Mauriac area are ideal for country rambles, hiking, cycling and nature spotting. Go swimming and sailing on Lake Feyt or Lake Auriac, go horseback riding and in winter, enjoy skiing and winter sports at higher altitudes.
Thiers: The sombre town of 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. The three old churches in the town are also worth exploring.
Parc des Volcans: The Mauriac area has rugged volcanic formations best seen in the Parc des Volcans, the largest regional national park in France. Look for the crest of extinct volcano domes, including viewpoints from the Monts du Cantal and Puy Mary. The Vulcania Theme Park is also very informative and fun, within easy reach of holiday rentals in the Mauriac area.
Aurillac: This pleasant town has a historic centre which is crammed with interesting small shops, just north of the Place du Square. It also has two large weekly markets which draw locals from far and wide to buy the local produce.
Holiday homes in the Mauriac area enjoy temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F) in the sunny summer months. Winters are cool, averaging highs of 6°C (43°F), with snow on high ground.
The nearest airport to holiday homes in the Mauriac area is the Clermont Ferrand (CFE) Airport which has regular budget flights from most major European cities. It is about 80 km away and is easy to reach by hire car.