Auvergne is an extensive region of Central France. It is one of the 26 administrative regions of France. Clemont-Ferrand is the capital of the region. Home to two Regional Natural Parks namely the Auvergne Volcanoes Park and the Livradois-Forez Park the region also has 10 spa towns and over 50 chateaus to visit along the ‘Route des Chateaus d’Auvergne’. The administrative region of Auvergne at present is larger than that of the historical province of Auvergne.
The region contains many volcanoes, though the last confirmed eruption took place around 6000 years ago. The history of Massif Central is so ancient that some of it can only be measured or explained on a geological time scale. Auvergne is one of the least populated regions of the whole of Europe. The region has a strong peasant cuisine that has also spread to the rest of the France. The average annual temperature in Auvergne is 12 degrees centigrade. Being sparsely populated, Auvergne boasts of rich natural and cultural heritage. It is a place adored by both nature enthusiasts and those in search of a holiday.
The volcanic mountain range of Massif Central covers a large part of Auvergne region. It is a region consisting of vast green open spaces with lakes, extinct volcanoes, forests, as well as some of the best hiking places that could be found in France. From north to south with the exception of the small ascent that occurs around the Plateau de Millivaches, the terrain becomes flat and much rockier. The highest mountain is 6180 ft. The large part of the region lies over 1000ft above the sea level.
Places of Interest
The Mont Dore which is a spa town, located at the head of the Dordogne river just underneath the Puy de Sancy, is an excellent location for hiking and is hence very popular among hiking enthusiasts. Auvergne being the largest volcanic region of Europe has many beautiful mountains and places where people like to visit. The Auvergne Historical Chateaus Route is also very popular and the Art and History listed area of the Haut Allier Valley is a magnificent natural environment and home for the musical program during the summer season. The Vulcania theme park safari park, cable cars to the peaks of the highest mountains, rafting and kayaking facilities, mountain biking tracks, and many such things make it a perfect destination to go to for all sorts of people and all sorts of activities.