Clermont Ferrand - a city surrounded by stunning landscapes

Clermont Ferrand - the battle scene of Gergovia

The capital city of the Auvergne region, Clermont Ferrand, is an old French city that holds an important place in Gallo-Roman history. The site of the famous battle between Vercingetorix and the Roman army led by Julius Caesar in 52 BC has survived until this day and the city is in fact a merger of two cities: Clermont and Montferrand. Lying between the Massif Central, a chain of volcanic mountains, and the Limagne plains, Clermont Ferrand is a vibrant city with many attractions to delight visitors.

Clermont Ferrand - hiking on a dormant volcano

The Puy-de-Dôme volcano overlooks the city of Clermont Ferrand and has become a recreational site for paragliding, hiking and entertainment for children with the opening of "Vulcania", an attraction with fun, educational activities and 4-D films based on volcanoes. If you are visiting the city during the summer, you can catch a public bus to the dormant volcano.
The Place de Jaude is the heart of the city centre with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants that surround the bronze statue of Vercingetorix. A walk to the Place de la Victoire will offer a view of the black, Gothic cathedral of Clermont Ferrand, Notre Dame de l'Assomption, built using the region's volcanic stone.
The historical centre is found in Montferrand, today part of Clermont Ferrand, where the streets bear witness to the town's medieval past. The town still has a strong identity and a charm of its own.
The Romanesque church, Notre Dame du Port, built in yellow sandstone, also attracts many visitors as does the Montjuzet park that overlooks the city, offering great views of both the city and the beautiful surrounding landscapes.
For hikers, Clermont Ferrand is the gateway to the Massif Central, mountain lovers will appreciate the unique thrill of hiking on the top of dormant volcanoes, the sensation of standing on a plateau, absorbing the well-being generated by the breathtaking views. This Air France destination is ideal for city breaks and summer holidays spent in the great outdoors. Some must-sees:
  • The Puy-de-Dôme site
  • The Auvergne Volcanoes natural regional park
  • The Livradois-Forez natural regional park

Whether on foot or bike, your outings in the stunning landscapes will reveal beautiful Romanesque sites, lakes and castles; these natural parks are close to the city, and you may find itineraries and maps available at the city's tourist office to help you make the most of your nature excursions.
After a day out, there are local delights for gourmets to discover, evening entertainment and renowned festivals to enjoy, notably the annual International Short Film Festival and the Montferrand Medieval festival, be sure to check the city's events calendar for all major events. From music to agriculture, Clermont Ferrand hosts many fairs, concerts and shows, including the Clermont-Ferrand International Fair.

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The central location of Clermont Ferrand is also ideal for seminars and corporate groups, an attractive and accessible destination for both national and international travellers.
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For details about where to stay, guided tours and more, visit the city's tourist office website Clermont Ferrand Tourism .