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Vacation cottage rental in Puy-de-Dôme, France

Welcome to the Auvergne, in the heart of the Puy-de-Dôme département, a magnificent region brimming with panoramic landscapes, nature activities and discoveries for all the family. When you go on vacation in this region, you’ll be delighted to discover the many vacation cottages that welcome you for an unforgettable stay. Whether you’re looking for accommodation for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a peaceful retreat, vacation cottages in Puy-de-Dôme will meet all your needs.🌿🏞️

Vacations in Auvergne, Puy-de-Dôme:

If you’re looking for a different kind of vacation, if you’re dreaming of exploring the Puy de Dôme, here are a few suggestions for your next vacation as a couple or with your family:

  • Discover the volcanoes of Auvergne: Explore the region’s iconic volcanoes. Hike to the Dômes loop and enjoy breathtaking views from the Sancy massif, the highest point in the Massif Central.
  • Lac Pavin: Spend a quiet afternoon on the shores of Lac Pavin, a peaceful spot surrounded by nature.
  • Canoeing down the Sioule gorges: Enjoy a canoeing adventure in these superb gorges.
  • Parc Vulcania: Discover the secrets of volcanoes at Parc Vulcania.
  • Parc animalier d’Auvergne: Discover a zoological park with a diversity of animals from all over the world.
  • Puy de Sancy: Climb the Sancy massif on foot or by bike, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the highest point of the Massif Central. In winter, the French go there to have a blast on the ski slopes. The resort of Le Mont-Dore is the perfect winter vacation destination.
  • Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Gothiccathedral in Clermont-Ferrand: Admire its lava rock and stained glass windows.
  • Plateau de Gergovie: Discover the site of the famous battle in which the Gauls inflicted a crushing defeat on Caesar’s legions during the Gallic War.

For a stay as a couple, with family or friends, book a gîte selected by the Villages de Gîtes de France association, which brings together the best gîtes in the Puy-de-Dôme. This way, you can enjoy your vacation in complete peace of mind, discovering the nature, history and art of this beautiful region. 🌿🏞️

Book a gîte in Puy-de-Dôme

Book your gîte in advance to make the most of your stay. Whether you’re a small family or a large group, there are plenty of gîtes to rent in the Puy-de-Dôme.

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The largest choice to prepare your stay

Activities and visits during your vacation in Puy-de-Dôme

During your vacation in the Puy-de-Dôme, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and visits. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your stay:

Hiking in the Chaîne des Puys:

The Chaîne des Puys is a paradise for hikers. You can explore the marked trails that wind through the volcanoes and enjoy breathtaking views. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, there’s something for everyone. Several GR trails cross the Puy de Dôme: the GR4, the GR11, the GR30 and the new GR300 (more info on the Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre website).

Discover the Puy de Dôme:

Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the Puy de Dôme. You can take the Chemin des Muletiers, an old traditional access route, or opt for the Panoramique des Dômes, a cogwheel train that takes you all the way to the summit. Once up there, you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree panoramic view of the region.

A family day at Parc Vulcania:

Parc Vulcania is a must for volcano enthusiasts. It’s a fun and interactive way to discover the volcanic phenomena that have shaped the region. Captivating attractions and shows await you for a day rich in discovery.

Relax at Lac d’Aydat:

Lac d’Aydat is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the water. You can swim in the crystal-clear waters, paddle, kayak or simply lounge on the beach. Fishing enthusiasts will also be delighted by the many species of fish in the lake.

Discover the Massif du Sancy:

The Massif du Sancy is a true paradise for mountain lovers. You can enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking,mountain biking, climbing and skiing in winter. Don’t miss a visit to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, one of France’s most beautiful villages.

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Discover the Puy-de-Dôme

A dream vacation awaits you when you stay at a gîte in Puy-de-Dôme. Located in the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park, this destination is unique in its kind, with its wide-open spaces, endless plains and postcard-perfect green moonscape. It’s a green territory where you’ll encounter nature in its purest form. This exceptional site has a wealth of treasures in store for you, ideal for a vacation with your partner, family or friends. Nature lovers will be the happiest on vacation in the Puy-de-Dôme: if you’re a big fan of walking in a protected area, be sure to satisfy your desire to get away from it all. Feel free to explore these paths on foot or by bike.

In the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes

At the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes, you’ll find the Puy de Dôme, a protected and developed tourist site. Overlooking the Chaîne des Puys, it’s a fragile, preserved natural area offering a breathtaking view of 80 volcanoes. Since 2018, the Chaîne des Puys and the Limagne fault have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Activities and visits

The Puy-de-Dôme offers a multitude of activities and visits for all ages and interests. Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff or food enthusiast, you’ll find something to do in the Puy-de-Dôme. You can explore the beautiful natural landscapes, visit historical and cultural sites, go hiking,cycling, fishing, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of the French countryside.

Family visits

The Puy-de-Dôme is an ideal destination for family vacations. It offers a variety of activities suitable for children of all ages. You can visit Vulcania, an amusement park dedicated to volcanoes and natural phenomena, the Musée de la bataille deGergovie, the Volcan de Lemptégy, L’Aventure Michelin, the Parc animalier d’Auvergne and Musée de la coutellerie and many others.

Hiking in the Puy-de-Dôme:

The Puy-de-Dôme offers a multitude of hikes for all levels. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, you’ll find a trail to suit your abilities and interests. You can choose to climb the giant Dômes on foot via the Chemin des Muletiers or aboard the Panoramique des Dômes.

Panoramique des Dômes:

The Panoramique des Dômes is a 5.1 km French cog railroad providing access to the summit of the Puy de Dôme.

Visits and discoveries in Puy-de-Dôme:

There are plenty of places to visit in the Puy-de-Dôme. You can explore charming Auvergne villages such as La Tour d’Auvergne, Orcival and Laqueuille and discover their history and heritage. You can also visit various buildings and establishments to learn more about the region.

Gastronomy in Puy-de-Dôme:

The Puy-de-Dôme is famous for its panoramic scenery, but also for its culinary specialties. Here are a few typical dishes not to be missed when visiting the region:

  • La Tuffrade: A dish of pan-roasted potatoes, fresh tomme, salt and pepper. It’s served with Auvergne cured ham and green salad.
  • Potée auvergnate: A rustic dish featuring vegetables such as cabbage, turnips, carrots and potatoes. Meat is also added, such as lean bacon, pork leg and sausage. Traditionally, the broth is poured over thick slices of rye bread.
  • Fruit pastes: Auvergne was once France’s leading producer of fruit pastes. The recipe called for over 70% fruit pulp to be used in production.
  • Le petit salé aux lentilles: A meltingly delicious dish, where lentils provide consistency and pork cooked in brine adds sweetness.
  • Fromages et charcuteries du Puy de Dôme: Be sure to sample the local cheeses and charcuteries, an integral part of Puy-de-Dôme gastronomy.

At your Village de Gîtes, you’ll find advice and good restaurant addresses for discovering these regional specialities.🍽️

Staying in the Puy-de-Dôme

When staying in the Puy-de-Dôme, why not choose a gîte for your accommodation? A gîte is a vacationhome or chalet that offers all the comforts of home in a charming, authentic setting. Some owners of Villages de Gîtes also offer bed and breakfast accommodation. But even with their gîtes, some offer “à la carte” rentals, by the night, for a weekend or a short stay, in the style of chambres d’hôtes. Whether you’re a small family or a large group, there are plenty of rental options in the Puy-de-Dôme.

Vacations in Puy de Dôme:

Vacation cottages in the Puy-de-Dôme offer the perfect setting for an unforgettable vacation in the Auvergne. Whether you want to relax in the heart of nature, explore the volcanoes or discover the region’s rich heritage, you’re sure to find the perfect gîte for your stay. Book your vacation cottage in Puy-de-Dôme now and get ready for unforgettable moments in the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes. The Puy-de-Dôme is an ideal vacation destination for those looking to explore France’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and history. With its breathtaking scenery, charming villages, varied activities and comfortable accommodation options, the Puy-de-Dôme has something to offer everyone. So what are you waiting for? Book your B&B and start planning your trip today!