Situated in Auvergne, region in the center of France, 4 hours to the south of Paris, the volcano of Auvergne are majestic and ancient. They make up a magnificent natural site, unique in France and are a source of true enchantment for all visitors. The Massif Central (central mountainous area) dates from the end of the primary era and makes up a 6th of the total surface of France. The volcanos of this region were active 65 million years ago for the oldest ones and 7000 years ago for the chain of the Puys.
Auvergne got its name from the Gallic people, the Arvernes. Vercingetorix, whose stories are told to children from the time they are little, became the celebrated King of France when he took the title in 52 BCE. He dared to defy the Roman emperor Julius Caesar giving him the image of a Gallic hero, which the French adore.
Volcanic and mysterious, the chain of volcanos offers fascinating landscapes in every season.
The day’s touring to discover the volcanos of Auvergne will take you through the volcanic sites of the Massif du Sancy and the Chain of the Puys (more than 80 volcanos). The Puy de Sancy is the highest point in the Massif Central at 1886 m above sea level. The Puy de Pariou is one of the most beautiful volcanos in Auvergne with its perfect crater that often is in advertisements for a famous mineral water. The Puy du Dome is the highest point in the Chain of the Puys and is listed as a Grand Site in France. For those in love with volcanos this tour can be ended with a visit of the Park Vulcania, an amusement park devoted to volcanos.