Cantal is full of spectacular and easily accessible waterfalls. Hiking enthusiasts will find other sites as they explore footpaths that are more off the beaten track. We interviewed Christian Gregoir, a local walking guide, to find out his favourite places to cool off in the area.
Learn all about the geological aspects of Europe’s largest volcano !
How was the Auvergne volcano formed? Is the Puy Griou a dome? What is a basalt rock table? You’ll find answers to all these questions and more by joining volcanologist, Frédéric Lécuyer, on a field visit with Carladès Tourist Information Office.
Do you fancy a taste of a special spring water with a high iron content? Come along to the mineral water spring in Vic-sur-Cère, and have a taste or fill up a bottle. The spring’s reputation in the 19th century was such that the town became an extremely lively and popular destination for curists. Indeed, […]
From the famous Cantal cheese to a delicious potato and cheese dish called truffade or a piece of Salers beef, there are endless opportunities to enjoy a tasty meal here in Cantal. Eric Bouyssou, chef and member of the Toques d’Auvergne club, has all of these specialities on the menu of his restaurant in Vic-sur-Cère.
“Le Garde-Manger” village shop: so more than just a shop … a way of thinking even!
Perhaps you’re keen on Cantal’s local specialities. Well, the village shop in Polminhac run by Orianne and Sarah, both bubbly characters, “Le Garde-Manger”, gives “Made in Cantal” pride of place. They enthusiastically seek out and work with small local producers. For visitors and locals alike, their shop is a great address for gourmet delights.
Cantal is a superb spot for trail running and according to runner Marc Barthélémy, the area offers an infinite number of possibilities. This young hotel and restaurant owner from the village of Saint Jacques des Blats has first hand knowledge, having competed in both the UTPMA and the Pastourelle, two emblematic trails organized in Auvergne.
The Romanesque churches across Cantal contribute considerably to Auvergne’s rich architectural heritage. These magnificent churches, dating as far back as the 11th and 12th centuries, contain remarkable sculptures and paintings. Visit them while you explore the villages in the area, or why not discover them by taking part in a summer car rally.
Cros de Ronesque: a gourmet visit combining a castle and a volcanic curiosity
Located between the départements of Cantal and Aveyron, the village of Cros-de-Ronesque is home to 140 inhabitants and a picturesque and welcoming auberge. It was a pleasure to meet up with Marie-Christine Cazes who has been running the Auberge de la Sapinière with Elodie since 2013. She is also an ambassador working alongside the team […]
Activities galore for all the family during your stay in Cantal!
From crazy golf to fun pedal vehicles called rosalies, off-road bikes to rail-ride tracks, recreational games to snow-shoe hiking, Cantal is full to the brim with activities suited to the whole family. We spoke to Philippe Guilhen who runs the leisure park in Vic-sur-Cère and ask him to share some of his ideas for things […]
Niervèze: one of Cantal’s beautifully preserved traditional hamlets
Located just 5 kilometres away from the village of Thiézac, Niervèze is one of the most beautiful hamlets in Cantal. It’s a traditional hamlet and one where thatched cottages, a bread oven and a water-mill in working order can still be found. I was delighted to meet Guillaume Laybros, who was born there and who […]
Home to the Fario trout, the rivers across Cantal offer everything that fishing enthusiasts could wish for. Whether you’re starting out, or are more experienced, there’s something here for everyone. Roger Chalmette has been fishing along Cantal’s tumbling streams and rivers ever since he was a teenager. Read on and find out all about the […]