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The Chaise-Dieu plateau has a unique heritage and natural wealth. It offers preserved and abundantly green nature, many valleys and forests. Hikers, let yourself be charmed by the forest walks that La Chaise-Dieu has to offer. Walking from La Chaise-Dieu is like slipping into this hilly plateau, crossed by the Borne, the Senouire and the Dore rivers, that are so wonderfully refreshing!
On marked trails, suitable for all and accessible from spring to autumn, you’ll love picking wild fruits and mushrooms along the way!
Labelled "Petite Cité de Caractère" (Little town with character) in 2017, Allègre offers a wide range of landscapes, woods and paths that are worth a visit! Walking in Allègre is a chance to enjoy fresh air at the meeting point of Mont-Bar and Mont Baury, two ancient volcanoes on whose side the small village is nestled.
Here again, cranberries, blackberries, wild strawberries and a wide array of mushrooms can be found on all sides on these exceptional trails. A time to rest those weary legs...
From La Chaise-Dieu, you cross the Velay, which was the capital of Saint-Paulien 2,000 years ago. The cité ruesienne celebrates its past and Gallo-Roman remains with its unmistakable collegiate church, but also its historical museum.
Many woods and paths surround the village of Saint-Paulien. You’ll discover the most surprising fauna and flora and also have an opportunity to pick mushrooms. For anglers, the region offers many trout-filled rivers.
Leaving from the Via Podiensis, Europe’s main road to Santiago de Compostela, Le Puy-en-Velay is an exceptional site. Protected from the ravages of time, the city has many surprises in store for visitors. Its 35-hectare protected area with the Cathedral and the Hôtel-Dieu (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Way of St. James) testifies to the richness of its architecture and history. A city of art, an artistic and cultural centre, a place for exchanges and meetings, Le Puy-en-Velay offers many activities all year round (festivals, traditional and historical celebrations). The city is also an ideal holiday destination to discover a region where volcanoes has shaped the beauty of its landscapes.
For those who like to discover a region by walking, Le Puy-en-Velay is a real land of milk and honey. Indeed, there are few places in France that can boast so many long-distance hiking trails going right through their historic centres.