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General

The Auvergne has a continental climate with sunny summers and snowy winters.
The autumns are long and pleasant and suitable for picking mushrooms.

The farm is located at an altitude of 800m, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park Livradois Forez.
Its central location makes it an ideal starting point. Depending on your desires, multitude of outdoor activities and discoveries can be proposed to you: hikes, visits, sports activities (ski, gliding, mountainbiking), cultural and gastronomic discoveries of which here are some suggestions:

* Less than 30 minutes away: the mill of Richard de Bas, the museum of fourme d'Ambert, the trade route and its traditional craftsmanships.
* Less than an hour: Thiers capital of the knife (Coutellia international show in May), Le Puy en Velay (departure of the Via Podiensis GR65, road to Compostela) and its lace, Vichy thermal capital, La Chaise Dieu with its abbey and its annual festival of classical music (end of August).
* At 1h30mn: The capital of the Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand with the Michelin adventure, the Puys du Chain with Le Puy de Dôme, the theme park Vulcania, the Puy de Sancy with its famous tyrolienne and the animal park in Le Pal.


Pierre sur Haute, heerlijk wandelgebied


Gaspard des Montagnes

Region

Surroundings

The Auvergne is made up of 4 departments: Allier, Puy de Dôme, Haute Loire and Cantal.

The capital of the Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, makes it the major regional economic hub.

The Auvergne is best known for its chain of volcanoes and winter sports resorts whose Puy de Sancy, with its 1886m, is the highest point.

Lovers of nature and open spaces still enjoy the intoxication provided by clean air, and a diverse and preserved flora and fauna.

From daffodils in spring to summer gentians, including blueberries and chanterelles in autumn, the panel of flavors, colors and smells will engrave in your memories, these unforgettable memories of the Auvergne.



Puy de Sancy, hiking



Wild daffodils, hiking



Towns and villages

Clermont-Ferrand, Ferrand is located at the foot of the Limagne fault and the Chian of the Puys, natural site inscribed since July 2018 as a Tectonic arena UNESCO world heritage site.

A major French university and research center, a city of industrial tradition, Michelin's headquarters, Clermont-Ferrand is also well positioned in the pharmaceutical, agri-food and aeronautical industries.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Volvic stone Gothic cathedral, will catch your attention by its unusual color.

La Chaise-Dieu, about 30 km away, is famous for its abbey church in the village center, a cathedral from the 13th century.
Especially the Dance Macabre, a mural from the XVth century, is very worthwhile. Also the Salle de l'Echo is very special.

Furthermore, there is the annual internationally renowned classical music festival.



la chaise dieu
Ambert
Ambert, located less than 8kms, is the nearest town. Known for its eponymous cheese, fourme d'Ambert, the town houses the museum dedicated to it. For you to discover the unique characteristic of the town hall of Ambert ...
A few kilometers away, the mill of Richard de Bas, the last active paper mill, will make you discover the manufacture of paper with floral inclusions.
Finally, a tourist train will take you to the Chaise Dieu.


Le Puy en Velay, located at 80kms, its city center is classified World Heritage by UNESCO.
The city is famous for its lace making, lentils and verbena culture.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation is the starting point of Via Podiensis, one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.
Finally, the feast of the King of the Birds will bring you to the Renaissance era (early September)


le Puy en Velay

Recreation

Hiking, biking, motorcycling


The Auvergne is ideal for hiking, biking and motor riding in general and more in the Livradois-Forez where there are more than 200 marked hiking trails.
From l'Embellie many marked mountain bike trails will allow you to discover the landscapes, forests and the top of the mountains.
The road network of very good quality will offer you the opportunity to ride motorbikes and for lovers of cycling, the gradients will be worthy of their effort.


Hiking, cycling, motorcycling
Mountain bikes are at your disposal, thank you for thinking about taking your safety equipment (not provided). For fans of equestrian excursions, we will be able to communicate possibilities for you nearby.

River Dore, Olliergues

Water(sports)

The Auvergne is particularly rich in rivers, streams and lakes. Beautiful places to relax after a hike or bike ride. Lovers of fishing will find their happiness along the wild rivers.

Many lakes and water recreation basins will delight the youngsters: Lake Aubusson (20 minutes), Iloa leisure center in Thiers (30 minutes) but also the fabulous crater lakes in the Chaîne des Puys. We can advise you the best places of relaxation according to your aspirations.

Wintersport


The ski resort Chalmazel is located 45 minutes of l'Embellie. Open from December to March, 12 kms of tracks will seduce you, according to your level of experience.
Nordic skiing is practiced on the Chaumes. You prefer larger resorts, Super Besse (1h30) will meet your expectations.
At the foot of the slopes of the Nordic Domain of Haut-Forez, you can go dog sled riding.
chalmazel winter sport