There is so much to do and see in the Brivadois and surroundings that you will need several days to discover all facets of the region. We will advise you according to your desires and the time you have. We can even prepare picnic baskets for you to fully enjoy the area unspoiled natural environment.
The main town, will seduce you with its renovated historic center and its magnificent basilica, the largest Roman church in Auvergne with beautiful stained glass windows created by the Korean artist Kim en Joong. Also make sure to visit its contemporary art center hosted in the “Hotel du Doyenné” with its 2023 art exhibition : "Ernest Pignon-Ernest, l'écho du monde". You may also want to visit its other museums, highlighting local treasures such as the “Hotel de la Dentelle” or the salmon and river museum.
3 "most beautiful villages of France"
Many villages are worth a visit:
To the East, Lavaudieu "most beautiful village of France", with bucolic charm, with its beautifully preserved Roman cloister. You can choose to continue your route over twenty kilometers, until La Chaise-Dieu "great regional tourist site" which yearly, at the end of August, hosts an international known festival of sacred music in its magnificent abbey.
To the west, on the borders of the Cézallier mountains, in the land of the Dauphins of Auvergne, you may wander in the medieval village of Blesle, "most beautiful village of France", or admire the views that are offered to visitors from the renovated stone terraces of Léotoing.
To the south, in the picturesque Allier valley, you have to visit the third "most beautiful village of France" close to our house : Lavoute-Chilhac and its beautiful XIe century Priory by the river.
Within an short hour drive
And why not take advantage of your stay to discover the spectacular Cantal mountains, the regional natural parks of Auvergne Volcanoes (with its discovery park: Vulcania) and Livradois-Forez or the city of Le Puy- en-Velay and its surprising basaltic peaks.
And for outdoors lovers
For the more athletic, the Brivadois offers a multitude of activities: river water sports in the Valley of Allier, hiking on trails (opportunities for guided hikes - guidebooks available) around Brioude or further in the volcanoes, mountain biking, horseback riding.