Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Regional Park
Clermont-Ferrand, the ideal holiday destination!
If you’ve chosen to holiday in Auvergne for the sublime curves of its volcanoes, make the most of your trip to stop off in Clermont-Ferrand. Prepare to be amazed! Forget its drab image as a lacklustre city, the capital of Auvergne, built in lava stone from Volvic, has steadily forged itself a very different identity: that of a vibrant capital buzzing with life, appreciated for its closeness to nature, its gourmet specialities and its grandiose monuments. Clermont-Ferrand has plenty of surprises in store for you during your camping stay in the Puy-de-Dôme!
Just a few minutes away from the town, enjoy a stay surrounded by nature in a Sandaya campsite with covered and heated swimming pool, at the foot of the Auvergne volcanoes. And when you’re not out and about exploring, make the most of the campsite’s very special natural setting where the perfect spot awaits you in a fully-equipped cottage or on a camping pitch. Bathing, hiking, free entertainment with all the family; put together the programme that will meet all your desires!
Visit Clermont-Ferrand with the family
Just one of the many must-visit places in Clermont-Ferrand and perfect for all the family, don’t miss the famous Michelin museum. Covering some 2,000m² it recounts the story of the company that is so closely linked to that of the town. From room to room, with their interactive screens and videos, explore a century of history beginning with the invention of the famous Micheline. At the end of your journey, the Michelin mascot, Bibendum, awaits you for a souvenir photo.
To travel even further back in time, wander through the district of Montferrand, originally completely separate from Clermont. Superb half-timbered houses and mansions will take you back to the times of knights-in-armour in one of the oldest medieval districts of France!
Visit Clermont-Ferrand as a couple
A word to the wise for your romantic wander through Clermont-Ferrand, keep your eyes wide open! Set against its volcanic background, the capital of Auvergne abounds in churches, town houses and fountains that are certain to delight all who love the beauty of time-worn stone. First stop on your travels: the emblematic Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral that dominates the city centre. From its exterior clad in dramatic black, discover its even more impressive interior with painted murals and Romanesque stained glass.
And since any visit to Clermont-Ferrand inevitably involves some serious pleasure for the palate, make the most of your lunch break to sample its specialities: a rich cheesy truffade, delicatessen meats, traditional potée Auvergnate, fruit jellies... Go on, indulge yourself, you’re on holiday!
Camping Clermont-Ferrand: our handy tips for a successful stay
Yearning for greenery? Head for the Parc de Montjuzet or the Jardin Lecoq to take a refreshing break as the grass tickles your toes!
On the famous Place de Jaude, admire the statue of the Gallic chieftain Vercingétorix, emblem of Clermont-Ferrand!
In the historical city centre, the Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica, a gem of Romanesque architecture, is definitely worth a look!
On the edge of the city, hop aboard the panoramic train to climb to the top of the Puy de Dôme, the highest peak in the Chaîne des Puys!