Fans of the great outdoors should head for the upper regions of Mond’Arverne for some of the finest views. On her natural promontory, the Virgin of Monton looks out over the villages and surrounding region. Volcanoes, grassland, fields of rape, rivers and streams, the ochre-coloured roofs of the houses; before you lies a multi-coloured landscape somewhat reminiscent of the works of artist Paul Cézanne.
21 metres tall, she looks out over the former troglodyte site of Monton, where cavities were dug out of the cliffs during the Middle Ages, some of which were still inhabited in the early 20th century.
Just a few kilometres from here lies the Plateau de Corent. This former lava flow from the Puy de Corent was once home to a Gaulish town. And you mustn’t miss seeing the Gallo-Roman sanctuary, where you can try to picture the day-to-day lives of its inhabitants from years gone by.
But now it’s time to hit the road again and head for the volcanoes of Auvergne, as your guide awaits you at the foot of the Puy de la Vache and the Puy de Lassolas. Here, right within this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be discovering one of the most amazing and chaotic volcanic settings you’ll ever witness. Photo tip: at the top of the Puy de la Vache, the ochre-coloured earth contrasts with the green trees, and the volcanic bombs make for excellent extras in selfies!
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And when evening comes, you can come and enjoy watching the sun set over the Plateau de Gergovie. This symbolic location is wonderful for seeing the Chaîne des Puys and the mountains of Le Sancy with some lovely orange hues, as well as the city of Clermont-Ferrand bathed in lights.
Fans of the great outdoors should head for the upper regions of Mond’Arverne for some of the finest views.