The most beautiful places to visit in Puy-de-Dôme
Come and discover all the fauna, flora, waterfalls, landscapes, the cheese that bears the name of the village, the farms where it is made, the architecture of the church and the many activities in Saint Nectaire, the camping village.
Our La Vallée Verte campsite is located in the heart of the Sancy region, where you’ll find all the activities, visits, leisure activities, castles, volcanoes and other must-see sites less than 1 hour away by car.
There’s plenty to do with the family or friends, by bike or on foot.
The Chaîne des Puys Limagne fault
Discover the Chaîne des Puys Limagne Fault, the first natural site in France to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Chaîne des Puys – Limagne Fault is a tectonic mecca that bears clear witness to a major geological phenomenon.
The Lemptegy volcano, a geological adventure
Just a few kilometers from the campsite, the Volcan de Lemptegy offers a unique experience for nature and geology lovers. This open-air volcano, nestled in the Chaîne des Puys, reveals the region’s volcanic history. Visitors can explore this sleeping giant, discovering volcanic bombs, lava flows and volcanic chimneys. The trail, accessible on foot or by mini-train, offers a captivating educational experience ideal for the whole family. It’s a unique opportunity to walk on a volcano and marvel at the natural forces that have sculpted the Puy-de-Dôme landscape.
Visit the Saint-Nectaire cellars
In the heart of Saint-Nectaire, a unique underground experience awaits you. The cellars, dug deep into the rock, are the birthplace of the famous cheese that bears the town’s name. Venture into these caves and you’ll discover the age-old process of cheese ripening, a know-how handed down from generation to generation.
The cool, damp atmosphere of the cellars provides the perfect conditions for the cheese to achieve its distinctive flavor. It’s an immersion in the region’s gastronomic heritage.
The animal park: for your children’s enjoyment
Imagine the wonder in your children’s eyes as they come face to face with the animals. The Puy-de-Dôme wildlife park is a haven of biodiversity, home to species from all over the world.
From shaded areas to vast enclosures, each space is designed to offer animals a habitat close to their natural environment. A day of adventure, learning and fun awaits the whole family.
Explore the Grottes du Cornadore
Nestled in the verdant landscape of Saint-Nectaire, the Grottes du Cornadore are a journey back in time. These underground formations, shaped by millennia of erosion, are home to a world of mineral wonders.
Venture inside and you’ll be greeted by a spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites, forming stunning natural sculptures. Local legends have it that these caves were once inhabited by mystical creatures, adding a touch of magic to the visit.
Towns to discover in Puy-de-Dôme
The Puy-de-Dôme département is a mosaic of towns and villages, each with its own history, culture and traditions.
From the bustling metropolis of Clermont-Ferrand, rich in medieval history and architectural heritage, to the tranquility of small villages nestled in the valleys, there’s so much to explore.
Each city is a treasure to discover, offering a unique combination of historical heritage, natural beauty and culinary delights.