Linked with France history and royalty, the medieval and renaissance town was a long time ago Medici’s fiefdom. Pass through the belfry and let History in.

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Besse, History at the heart of nature

Besse et Saint-Anastaise town is built on an old lava flow, it is a small Medieval and Renaissance town marked as “Small Crater Town”, localized at a height of 1000m (3280ft.). In summer or winter, you can chose between a large selection of activities, visits and discoveries are proposed always in link with nature and water.

Besse, la cité médiévale aux petites places autour d'une fontaine

Besse, A town full of History and legends

In Besse relive French History with its paved and narrowed streets, you will admire its wonderful houses dating from 12th and 16th century and you can visit its belfry and its ramparts: eight buildings are listed as Historic Monument. Besse town is a legendary land with its mysteries. The Queen Margaret of Valois for example may have lived there.

Be careful! Don’t miss the heritage!
Thanks to its rich History, Besse has a wonderful heritage! Black lava stones, red blinds as red as beef blood that we can also call Red Besse, worked doors…. Besse has got a strong identity and several wonderful buildings that mark this beautiful heritage. Follow us is these small streets to discover: Saint André Church, Castle of Baill, The belfry, Queen Margaret of Valois castle, The closed garden of the rampart.

Pavin Lake, wonderful and mysterious

It is one of the youngest French volcanos; its more recent volcanic activity goes back to 6000 years and it is the deepest in Auvergne (93m / 302 ft.)
An almost perfect circular form surrounded by trees, dark or turquoise water, the Pavin Lake stirs imagination.
Since centuries, the Pavin Lake can’t stop create emotions and questionings for everyone exploring or discovering it.

With its evil mind, the proud Lucifer challenges the Creator by kidnaping a young lady. During a fierce fight, the divine spirit forces the evil-one to go back to Hell’s abysses. Sit on the lake’s edge, Evil, inconsolable cried so many tears that the lake filled up with its tears…
During the 19th century a legend is born among so many more: the city swallowed by the divine anger.

“Watch out: when the sky’s clear, we can see in the depths of the lake, the bell tower of the cursed city”

Besse, a festive city

Traditional parties punctuate the city of Besse since the dawn of time. Besse’s inhabitants love partying and sharing. A various program is proposed: traditional parties like the pasture party, Dévalade party, Bavajade party, Saint Cochon, wine and cheese fair, entertainments for children and concerts.

Besse, near the Super-Besse resort

Located at 7 km (4 miles) away from Super-Besse resort, winter offers a very large range of glide and snow activities, alpine ski, cross-country ski, snowshoes trails, sportive downhill sledge, giant zip line, snow scoot
In summer, Super Besse turns into a paradise for family: open sky Leisure Park with a nautical base, a swimming pool, an alpine slide, a downhill mountain bike zone