In Cantal you are at the heart of a volcano. Take a look around you, as stories can be told! Each rock, waterfall, summit will tell you something about the area’s volcanic activity. Are you ready to set off and explore Europe’s largest volcano?
This basalt rock table results from a geological phenomenon called inverted relief just like the rock table in Carlat. From here you have an amazing viewpoint over the area as well as the Carladez area in Aveyron and the Aubrac.
When you are in the Parc des Claies, the final of "Ma montagne", a small hill hides you from the east, preventing you from guessing the Siniq valley, it is the Vèze mountain, named after the small stream that crosses it or the Bouyssou mountain.
At this point along the GR400 walking pass, the volcanic rock forms a sort of porch that you then walk under. With a bit of imagination, you can make out the head of a lion in the rock above the porch, hence the name of this walking trail.
A magnificent panorama can be seen from the rock, an orientation table will allow you to identify the Cantal mountains. This rock was the place of execution of the women sentenced to hanging at the Bailiwick of Vic sur Cère.
Discover one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. Faillitoux waterfall is located at an altitude of 1,010 m and the water falls from an impressive height of 41 metres. It crosses a lava flow that has formed a series of basalt rock columns at the foot of the waterfall.
Discover the Pas de Cère Gorges, one of the most emblematic sites in the Carladès area. Head out on a gentle stroll to discover this unique site where the impressive cliff faces of the gorge rise up 30 metres above the River Cère.
The Puy Griou, a cone-shaped peak of phonolite rock, is one of the marvels of Auvergne’s volcanic past. The rock makes a ringing sound when struck. This emblematic summit is at 1,690 m and offers a spectacular panorama!