Massif du Sancy’s front door, in the center of the picturesque Chambon Couze Valley and dominated by its roman church, this remarkable site shares its name with a cheese once admitted at the King table.

The PDO Saint-Nectaire cheese
Auvergne is one of the regions where we produce the more PDO cheese with more than ¼ of the French ...
Religious buildings and Roman Art
More than 250 roman buildings in Auvergne!
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Saint-Nectaire, a town that tastes good!

Attached to Sancy’s buttress, Saint-Nectaire is a typical town from Auvergne, birthplace of the cheese Saint-Nectaire and a water town built in the 19th century. Creating the lower town, villas and great hotels of the thermal city are stretching along the Courançon stream, overhung by the Cornadore Mount that shelters the upper town of Saint-Nectaire with its roman church.

Sancy’s capital of taste

Famous for its cheese that wears the same name it is listed as Remarkable Taste Site. Gastronome cheese, the Saint-Nectaire, has this particular taste of hazelnut, born in a rich flora coming from salers and montbéliardes cows. Farms, museums and shops can reveal to you all its secrets.

A Roman Art treasure

Located on top of the Cornadore mount, the church of Saint-Nectaire is considered as one of the greatest building of roman art in Auvergne. Admirers can appreciate the perfect balance of its architecture and the beauty of the lava stone. Inside, polychromes capitals are a good witness of this fantastic area.
The Saint-Nectaire Church can be visited all year long, so feel free to come! Guided tours are organized during the summer period. In summer, you can discover the church through concerts or through roman days in an empty nave (without chairs).

Saint-Nectaire, a large heritage

Saint-Nectaire is famous for its incredible heritage.

Water is a real source of this diversity. From the salted swamp maritime worthy with several springs to the petrifying sources which inspires local artisans.

Water, first natural heritage of Saint-Nectaire
From the salted swamp literal worthy and its 40 springs to the petrifying waters inspiring every local artisan. The salted swamp, maritime curiosity of Auvergne, Petrifying fountains,  Saint-Nectaire springs, Morange Spring, Giraudon Spring

We can also affirm that there was once life during Antiquity, even if only a few vestiges are still visible: few remains were found during excavations in the Cornadore Caves. This old roman thermal bath, fed by an iron spring and salted water, can be visited near the Upper Saint-Nectaire (Saint-Nectaire-le-Haut).

Megalithic capital of Auvergne
The site of Saint-Nectaire is occupied since forever judging by dolmens and standing stones that are all over the municipality. Nowadays, 6 megaliths are still standing. You can discover them thanks to nice walk around Saint-Nectaire. The main one is located in the Dolmen Park.