At the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chaîne des Puys - Faille de Limagne, very close to Clermont-Ferrand, Pays de Riom-Limagne is a rich blend of heritage buildings and unspoilt natural attractions between mountains, plains, rivers and volcanoes.
There is no better way to explore these wide-open spaces than along the many paths which pass close to your gite. You can go on foot, by bike, on horseback or quad – everything is possible. The beautiful colours of springtime transform the dark landscape into Harlequin’s sparkling coat during summer.
To enjoy some truly breathtaking views, go to the top of the hills at Montpensier, Montgacon or to the slopes of Puy Saint-Jean. Another hill well worth climbing is Mirabel which has lots of diverse scenery and many rare plants including 19 species of orchids. It is part of the Natura 2000 network and a conservation area, as is Val de Morge, whose river banks are lined with the woodland home of many species of butterflies and birds including the hobby and the eagle owl.
The River Allier also has an extraordinarily rich and diverse environment. It can be discovered on foot, by bike or by kayak and is very popular with fishermen. In fact, the Limagne area teems with rivers and streams where trout, pike and zander rule supreme.