1 – What is there to do with the family (children aged from 3/4)?
Mond’Arverne Tourisme is a proper playground for children!
On their own, with mum and dad or with granny and grandpa; make the most of the various activities available for all age groups:
- Parc Acrofun (min. 3 years old)
- Donkey rides (min. 3 years old)
- Learn to fly kites (min. 4 years old)
- Archery (8-14 years old)
- Learn to fish (min. 7 years old)
- Orienteering, investigative trip to Gergovie (min. 6 years old, with the family)
- Hiking circuit with the family: Puy de la Vache (1½ hrs)
2 – What is there to do if it’s raining?
What to do if it’s raining? How do we stay busy while we wait for the sun to come back out? Don’t worry, we’ve selected some locations and activities for you to make sure you don’t need to worry about the weather!
- Go to the swimming pool (Longues)
- Visit a château: château de Saint-Saturnin, château La Batisse, château de Busséol
- Visit Vulcania or one of various museums in Clermont: l’Aventure Michelin
- Visit a farm: map of the Route des Fromages
4 – Can I take my dog with me to any of these places?
Dogs are permitted in the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne, but please keep them on a lead.
However, in the national nature reserves of La Vallée de Chaudefour and Chastreix-Sancy dogs are strictly prohibited, even on leads (except on the GR 30, where dogs on leads are permitted).
Dogs are not permitted on the beach of Lac Aydat.
On the Plateau de Gergovie, dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on leads, and as long as owners are vigilant when there are sheep in the vicinity.
5 – Where can we go bathing?
Lac d’Aydat, which has Blue Flag status, is Auvergne’s largest natural volcanic lake, and has an authorised bathing area which is patrolled during the afternoon in summer.
Other options: Lac Chambon, the lake at Cournon and Longues swimming pool.
6 – Where can we park our campervan?
At the campervan areas of Aydat and Les Trolières in La Roche-Blanche.
In campsites in the area: Le Clos Auroy à Orcet, Camping du Lac à Aydat, Camping des Volcans à La Garandie.
On the Plateau de Gergovie, campervans are permitted overnight, as long as they are parked in one of the 5 designated parking areas.
7 – How do you get to the Plateau de Gergovie? What is there to do and see on the Plateau de Gergovie? When is the Maison de Gergovie expected to open?
The Plateau de Gergovie is accessible by car:
- from the A75 motorway, exit 4: follow signs for Plateau de Gergovie, via La Roche-Blanche, Chanonat, then Opme.
- via the 2089 B road: follow signs for Plateau de Gergovie.
There are 5 car parks for parking cars on the plateau. All are close to the road, including the main one, which is for the Maison de Gergovie, when it opens. You are not permitted to park outside these five designated areas.
The Plateau de Gergovie is open throughout the year (except when snow-covered).There are amazing views over the Chaîne des Puys, the Massif du Sancy, the high plateaux of Le Livradois-Forez, Clermont-Ferrand etc.
The Maison de Gergovie, which is currently undergoing refurbishment, will open its doors again in September 2019.
Meanwhile, administrative departments can be reached by phone and by email: +33 (0)4 73 79 42 98 – firstname.lastname@example.org
8 – Where can I withdraw cash?
AMEX cards are not widely accepted in the region. It is advisable to have cash for everyday use.
Cashpoints are available in Aydat, St Amant Tallende, Vic le Comte, La Roche Blanche and Les Martres de Veyre.
9 – Which tourist attractions, restaurants, and accommodation options are suitable for disabled visitors?
For further information about accessibility, please see the list of locations with Tourisme and Handicap status.