>> The Chaîne des Puys
The round and green volcanoes you may have seen on the Volvic mineral water adverts are located in the Chaîne des Puys, to the north of the Massif du Sancy.
The Chaîne des Puys extends for 40km and includes 80 volcanoes of various kinds: domes (the Puy de Dôme, the highest point of the Chaîne des Puys and symbol of the Puy-de-Dôme department), cinder cones (the Puy de Pariou) and crater lakes (Lac Pavin).With its round, gently sloping volcanoes, the Chaîne des Puys is the perfect place for some beautiful hikes.
The Panoramique des Dômes, a rack train, gives access to the summit of the Puy de Dôme.
From the Col de Ceyssat, take the mule trail, a former Roman road, to reach the summit of the Puy de Dôme on foot.
|The site of the Puy de Dôme has special status as a 'Grand Site de France' (Great French Site),
A classification which takes into account sustainable development, protection of the landscapes and the 'spirit of the place', the quality of hospitality the public receives, the participation of the local inhabitants and partners to the life of the 'Grand Site'.
>> The Puy de Sancy
The Puy de Sancy (1886m) is the highest peak in the Massif Central and towers over the volcanic expanse of the Monts Dores. Sheer cliffs and gently sloping hills, the Alpine-like summits are visible for dozens of kilometres around.
Magnificent views over glacial valleys and sharp ridges as well as the volcanic ranges of Cantal or the Chaîne des Puys. If the weather is fine, you can even see the Alps!
The Mont-Dore cable car, located on the northern slope, makes it easy to get to the summit of the Puy de Sancy.
The Perdrix cable car, leaving from Super-Besse will take you to the Puy de Sancy via the southern slope.