At the sources of the Dordogne River and the foot of the Puy de Sancy, Le Mont-Dore is a large mountain village with a warm and lively atmosphere, as well as a renowned spa resort.
Architecture of Le Mont-Dore
Reflection of a rich past
- Capucin funicular: a historic monument, the oldest electric funicular in France (constructed in 1898). It climbs the heights to Salon du Capucin from May to October (altitude: 1,300m, many hiking paths, adventure trail in the trees). Presentation document in English.
- Thermal baths: behind the austere lava-coloured façade is the hidden flamboyance of a prestigious past. Listed in part as a historic monument, this is wonderful architecture in the Neo-Byzantine style. Framework in the style of that by Gustave Eiffel, vast rooms with painted ceilings, columns, domes, rose windows, stained glass, marble statues and mosaics, vestiges of the Roman baths, frescos from the XIXth century. Guided tour (information from the Tourist Office)
Enamelled lava workshop.
Neo-gothic church, atypical in its planning and aspect, the modernity and quality of its interior decoration.
Activities and leisure
Adventure trail in the trees
Climbing, mountain climbing
Bowling, ice skating
Casino, pub, cybercafé
Puy de Sancy (1,886m)
The culminating point in the Massif Central
This is a stratovolcano (several volcanoes overlapping each other and whose eruptions did not happen at the same time). Its formation began 5 million years ago and ended about 250,000 years ago. We find all types of eruptive activity known throughout the world. The intensive volcanic activity that gave rise to the Massif du Sancy can be seen today in a vast wealth of geological phenomena and flora.
Access: after the ascent by cable car, continue your ascent to the summit (20 min) via the steps (viewing table). A signposted path crosses the Sancy ridges.
A plunging view over the valleys in the National Nature Reserves of Chaudefour and Chastreix-Sancy.
One of the highest in Auvergne. The fall of 30m under the columnar basalt is particularly impressive (access via a path from the thermal baths: walk of 1 hr 30 min return trip, follow the yellow signs)
Springs of the Dordogne River, at the foot of the Sancy
Visit in English
Taillerie du Sancy (between Le Mont-Dore and La Bourboule)