Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Regional Park
Murol, the ideal holiday destination!
Combining historical heritage and the pleasures of the water, the medieval village of Murol in the Puy-de-Dôme makes the ideal destination for exploring the fascinating volcanoes of Auvergne. Dominated by its famous fortress and bordered by Lake Chambon, the village is also the starting point for innumerable excursions in the midst of nature: Puy de Sancy, Mont-Dore, the Chaudefour Valley... Each trail holds the promise of a treasure to explore!
To make the most of this natural haven of peace and quiet, head for a Sandaya campsite where cottages, chalets and tree-planted pitches offer the rest and relaxation you so justly deserve. To keep you busy all day long the campsite gives pride of place to its heated swimming pools, cascades and waterslides. And when it comes to activities, our entertainers are ready with a great holiday programme: aquagym, tennis, zumba, yoga... Plus a vast choice of free outdoor entertainment for the kids! Then, to add the perfect finishing touch, the nearby lake awaits with all its water-based leisure activities. There certainly won’t be a dull moment when you come camping in Murol!
Visit Murol with the family
A bathing resort in amidst the Auvergne volcanoes? No you’re not dreaming! By the shores of Lake Chambon, the municipality of Murol is THE spot for bathing in the Sancy Massif, so it’s hardly surprising that this is the destination families make a bee-line for. Lying snugly in the heart of a natural wooded setting, the 60 hectare lake equipped with lifeguarded beaches is the realm of watersports. So what’s it to be, an outing by SUP or by canoe?
All change for a totally different period and décor at Murol Castle, the medieval fortress that stands proudly above the village. One of the unmissable places to visit during your family stay, the castle comes to life all summer long with re-enactments and shows in period costume that take you straight back to the days of knights in armour. And to make it even more amazing, a superb panorama over the Puy de Sancy awaits you at the top!
Visit Murol as a couple
Here in Murol, there’s no shortage of romantic excursions to whisk you far away from the everyday, both on foot and by bike. For example you can head off on the greenway, a way-marked circular route that links Murol to Lake Chambon via Le Tartaret, Auvergne’s youngest volcano. You can even extend your outing with a trip around the lake to find the perfect spot for a picnic!
All hiking fans will be stunned by the breathtaking landscapes of the Chaudefour Valley, a national nature reserve renowned for its alpine flora and dramatic rocky needles. Not to be missed; the circular walks to discover the La Biche and La Pérouse waterfalls in the heart of the forest!
Camping Murol: our handy tips for a successful stay
Treat yourself to a bucolic stroll through the Prélong Park in Murol, a French-style garden that is also home to some impressive giant redwoods!
Farms, cooperatives, troglodyte cellars... Push open the doors of the local producers to reveal one of Murol’s treasures: its cheese!
To the south of Murol, discover the Jonas Caves, a surprising medieval village carved out of the cliff face!
At the foot of the village of Besse, Lake Pavin with its almost perfect circular shape never fails to fascinate all who visit. Bathing is prohibited but the walk is sublime!