The Auvergne is an extensive region of central France, belonging to the larger region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. A large part of the Auvergne region is covered by the volcanic Massif Central mountain range, a region of vast green open spaces, dotted with lakes, forests and extinct volcanoes, plus some of the best hiking territory to be found in France. The region is home to two Regional Natural Parks – the Livradois-Forez Park and the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, more than 500 Romanesque churches, over 50 châteaux to visit along the ‘Route des Châteaux d’Auvergne’ and 10 spa towns (with all the charm of the ‘Belle Epoque’).
- 1 Clermont-Ferrand – the capital of the former Auvergne region
- 1 Aurillac
- 1 Mont Dore – A spa town located at the head of the Dordogne river, just beneath Puy de Sancy. An excellent location for hiking.
- Thiers – Industrial town tipped down steep ravine; prominent manufacture is cutlery: buy your sets of knives here!
- Le Puy-en-Velay