In the heart of the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park

things to do and see in the region

Issoire, Sauxillanges and Usson, located in the picturesque department of Puy-de-Dôme in France, offer a wealth of tourist attractions that combine history, nature and culture. Here are just a few of the must-sees:

  1. Issoire:

    • Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine: A jewel of Auvergne Romanesque art, this abbey church is famous for its magnificent frescoes and sculptures.

    • Issoire town centre: Stroll through the charming streets of the town centre to discover the medieval architecture and the many cafés and boutiques.

    • Parc Animalier d'Auvergne: Located nearby, this park offers a unique experience for observing a variety of wild animals up close.

  2. Sauxillanges:

    • The Monastère de Sauxillanges: Although mainly private, some parts of this historic monastery are open to the public, offering a glimpse of traditional monastic architecture.

    • Hiking trails: The area around Sauxillanges is full of picturesque trails, ideal for hikers wanting to discover the natural beauty of the region.

  3. Usson:

    • The village of Usson: Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Usson boasts panoramic views of the Auvergne volcanoes and a rich historical past, not least as the place of exile of Queen Margot.

    • Musée de la Reine Margot: Although small, this museum is dedicated to the fascinating story of Marguerite de Valois, known as Queen Margot.

  4. Natural Attractions:

    • The Auvergne Volcanoes: Not far away, the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park is a must-see for nature lovers and geology enthusiasts..

    • Lac Pavin: A mystical crater lake nearby, perfect for a day of relaxation or water-based activities.

  5. Local cuisine and markets:

    • Don't miss the local markets, where you can sample Auvergne cheeses, wine and fresh local produce..

Each town and village in this region offers a unique experience, blending the history, culture and natural beauty of the Auvergne. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover or simply looking for an authentic French experience, you'll find plenty to explore and enjoy around Issoire, Sauxillanges and Usson.

Access to Jeanleix Farm

30 minutes south of Clermont-Ferrand on the A75 motorway. Exit 13, Sauxillanges

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