Auvergne, which encompasses much of the Massif Central, is perhaps the least known and most remote region of France. With two large spectacular national parks – the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne and its tamer neighbour the Parc Naturel Régional des Livradois-Forez - it is almost entirely unspoiled and is the largest environmentally protected area of France.
Volcanic activity started here around 20 million years ago so the region's mountains are older than the Alps or the Pyrenees. The youngest volcanoes around the Puy de Dôme are just 5000 years old. The many extinct volcanoes that dimple the landscape make the region a strange, but enigmatically beautiful place. There are also spectacular gorges, and geysers, lakes, streams, rivers and thick vast forests. Hot springs and mineral cold springs attract many curistes who come seeking relief from rheumatism, arthritis and digestive ailments.
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Auvergne Tourism & Lifestyle
View our tourist information and tips about what to do when visiting the Auvergne region. Discover the true identity of this beautiful area, find useful information about travel, accommodation, gastronomy & everyday life in the region.
General tourist information about the region.
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Auvergne Property Information
The Auvergne region can be an excellent location to buy a second home or buy-to-let, as house prices are the least expensive in France. Inexpensive, village houses and farmhouses in need of restoration can be found. Auvergne is well connected both to the north and south by motorways and the high-speed train.