Volcanoes near Clermont-Ferrand
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Des volcans et des pneus, découvrez Clermont-Ferrand!
Oh don’t go there, there’s absolutely nothing to see there! Well, more than once in my experience I realized that those common and supposedly boring places always had really cool sights and rich sites to offer. This is one of the reasons why you should not hesitate to visit Clermont-Ferrand and its surroundings if you like peaceful and tranquil hilly landscapes. Let’s be honest though, the Auvergne region, which Clermont-Ferrand is the capital, is mainly agricultural and there’s a lack of urban attractions beside the city itself. And this is precisely why visitors come all the way there. Michelin, one of the two largest tire manufacturers in the world is based in town and its museum will guide you through the interesting history of tires, roads and maps. The Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port is gorgeous and definitely worth the trip! Have you heard about Vercingétorix? Every French kids know him. He united the Gauls and was eventually defeated by Julius Caesar in Alésia (North of Dijon). Eventually, plan a hike trip in the Parc des Volcans, in the heart of Auvergne, where several volcanoes have been asleep for more than 6,000 years! Through its valleys, on the high plateaux and ridges, alongside the rivers and lakes, in the forests and through the fields, the park provides all outdoor enthusiasts with some fantastic trips along the trails.