Discovering the Loire Gorges in Auvergne

In the Auvergne, the Loire Gorges are one of nature's jewels. Visit the Auvergne from the river by canoe or boat cruise, or follow it on foot, by bike or by car, offering remarkable views of rolling countryside, medieval châteaux and hilltop villages. Follow the guide!

In Velay, the Loire runs wild

This impetuous river, the longest in France and the "last wild river in Europe", rises just a few kilometres from Velay before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. From Aurec-sur-Loire to Puy-en-Velay, the deep, steep gorges of the Loire offer magnificent landscapes to discover.

The GR3: the wild Loire on foot

The GR®3, better known as the "Sentier de la Loire", is one of France's most emblematic hiking trails. In Haute-Loire, the route has remained wild, especially in the part of the territory upstream of Le Puy-en-Velay. There is very little tourist accommodation, making it a unique and intimate destination.

Discovering the châteaux

Famous for its châteaux, the Loire allows you to discover them, one by one, along the water. The first châteaux were built in the Middle Ages, and today they are an imprint of the past that resurfaces in the present. The fortress of Polignac offers one of the most emblematic views of the Velay. Further north, the château of Lavoûte-Polignac overlooks the river in a spectacular setting.

Be inspired by the village of Bas-en-Basset

Along the way, stop off at Bas-en-Basset and discover its amazing medieval traditions as you watch birds of prey in flight over the ruins of the feudal château de Rochebaron. From its belvedere, you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama stretching as far as the first volcanoes of the Meygal.

The hidden treasures of Saint-André-de-Chalencon

The village of Saint-André-de-Chalencon is also a must-see medieval gem. Wander through its single lane, up to the chapel and castle, then cross the Devil's Bridge. You'll also need to keep an eye out for monuments scattered around the villages, often invisible at first glance. Crosses, ovens, drinking troughs, beates, calvaries, wash-houses, dovecotes, fountains and fortified houses will all tell you about the history of these places.

Discovering the Loire Gorges in Auvergne
Les Gorges de la Loire

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