Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Regional Park
Saint-Nectaire, the ideal holiday destination!
During your camping stay amidst the Auvergne volcanoes, treat yourself to a few hours in Saint-Nectaire, a village steeped in character backing onto the Sancy Massif in the Puy-de-Dôme. Particularly renowned for its cheese of the same name, served at the table of the Sun King no less, Saint-Nectaire combines to perfection its natural, built and gastronomic heritages. Come and appreciate it for yourself, in all its amazing colour!
For comfortable accommodation in the heart of a natural lush green setting, opt for our Sandaya campsite in Auvergne, the guarantee of quality and tranquillity. On an authentic tree-planted pitch, or in a fully-equipped holiday rental, you’ll quickly feel completely at home with, as an added bonus, a superb view over the surrounding mountains. On-site, make the most of our sports grounds, the water park with covered and heated swimming pool and the mountain lakes all around the campsite. Prepare to enjoy a fabulous holiday in the great outdoors!
Visit Saint-Nectaire with the family
By car, by bike or by campervan, Saint-Nectaire is easy to reach for a delightful day out with all the family. Lying to the north of Murol and Lake Chambon, Saint-Nectaire has plenty of surprises in store for any youngster with an inquiring mind; you just need to dig a little! First stop the petrifying springs of Saint-Nectaire, only a few meters below ground. A unique curiosity in the region, you’ll be able to discover a 14m waterfall that creates the most incredible art, from sculptures to bas-reliefs, turned to stone by the volcanic water. Not to be missed!
Return to the surface and head off on the trail of the dolmens and menhirs of Saint-Nectaire, to be found throughout the village. The most famous of them is the Dolmen du Parc, a stone giant erected in Celtic times. The perfect spot for a picnic before taking the road back to the campsite!
Visit Saint-Nectaire as a couple
Hand-in-hand, head off to explore Saint-Nectaire and the building that truly dominates the town: the famous Notre-Dame du Mont-Cornadore church, a listed historical monument. Built in lava stone it is considered as one of the gems of Romanesque art in Auvergne. And as the perfect finishing touch, Mont Cornadore offers a breathtaking view over the Château de Murol and the Monts Dore chain of mountains!
After a delicious “truffade” for lunch, a local speciality not to be missed, end the day with a short hike leaving from Saint-Nectaire. Head for the Puy du Châteauneuf, a 7km walk between forest and valley. At the top, take time out to admire the former troglodytic homes carved into the volcanic rock. The perfect photo opportunity if ever there was one!
Camping Saint-Nectaire: our handy tips for a successful stay
In summer, the Saint-Nectaire church is given over to the town’s concerts and festivals. Come and enjoy the show!
Follow the ritual of the Roman baths in the Cornadore caves, where taking the waters in Auvergne first began, 2,000 years ago!
Discover the Grands Thermes and the Belle Époque villas of Saint-Nectaire, and immerse yourself in the magic of the roaring twenties!
Don’t leave without calling into La Maison du Fromage to uncover all Saint-Nectaire’s cheese-making secrets!