In Aurillac you will contemplate the authenticity and explore the architectural and cultural heritage. A tour of the historic center begins in the tourist office,next to the Notre Dame aux Neiges' church, crosses the square, designed by the engineer of Buttes Chaumont and Parc Monceau, and roames the city to discover the historical and natural riches of the old town. Aurillac's century-old trades are the ambassadors of the department's local products and propagate this authentic and traditional image. Piganiol's house, for example, is the trade which gave to Aurillac the name of the "umbrella city". This shop produced umbrellas since 1884, today 50,000 umbrellas come out every year. In Aurillac, raise your head during your tour, the city of Cantal respects its symbol with an umbrella ceilings in streets during summer.
The Volcano Museum
Near Saint-Etienne Castle, the Volcano Museum teaches all about Cantal, largest volcano in Europe, the area's animals and plants as well as the story of the volcanoes in the Massif Central. The Museum is opened during school holidays.
Aurillac is full of street art. More than 50 works of art are designed in all the city. Guided tour are organised during summer to discover all painted picture. This open-air museum is named the 10th Art Festival. Many new or experienced, local or international artists offer an artistic trip across Aurillac.