Beautiful houses with blue slate roofs bear witness to the rich past of this village of cloth merchants surrounded by vast green flower-festooned prairies, lakes and waterfalls. Ideal for a quiet, restful holiday, Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues also has great food, all at an elevation of 960 metres!
With its flower-festooned meadows and green pastures dotted with grazing Salers and Aubrac cows, the village of Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues stands in the middle of the Saint-Nectaire, Cantal, Salers, Bleu d’Auvergne and Fourme d’Ambert PDO cheese production areas.
It takes a lot of water to make the meadows so green. And there’s no shortage here! In Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues, water is everywhere. The village is surrounded by lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls.
The waymarked mountain-bike itineraries range from bucolic nature trails to the more challenging routes on the northern edge of the Cézallier plateau.
Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues also stands on the GR4 trail, the GR30 Tour des Lacs d’Auvergne trail, and the Tour des Vaches Rouges long-distance itinerary.
Follow Julia, Toinou and their donkey, Ficèle, to explore Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues along a trail called the Sancy Tour De Vachàs, de Mounde, de Fromajou.
From the waterfalls to the church, and from historic remains to cheesemaking secrets, you'll never be bored in their company and might even learn a few words of the local patois!
Entraigues lake is a lovely tranquil setting and an ideal place for walking and picnicking.
La Landie lake is a private lake reserved for fly fishing.
Set 1,050 metres above sea level, the superb Esclauze lake is a peatland lake of glacial origin. Totally isolated, it owes its shape and rather strange appearance to the peat bogs that are constantly gaining ground.
Did you know...?
Egliseneuve-d’Entraigues has a number of peat bogs and wetlands. These natural habitats are home to some rare species, a legacy from the glacial period. The Chambedaze lake and peat bog, the Sougeat-la-Souze peat bog and the Esclauze lakes and peat bogs are all protected sites.