Cheap flights to Auvergne

Auvergne is an extensive region of Central France, one of the 27 administrative regions in France. It has four prefecture departments: Allier, Puy de Dome, Cantal, and Haute Loire. A large part of the region is covered by the volcanic Massif Central mountain range. It is known for some of the best hiking territory in the country. Auvergne is one of the smallest by land area and one of the least populated regions in France. It is predominantly agricultural, but also relatively industrial. In fact, the main industry in the region is the tyre industry. In addition, Auvergne is one of the premier research areas in France. The region’s capital is Clermont-Ferrand.

What to see & do

Auvergne is a region of vast green open spaces, adorned with lakes, forests, and extinct volcanoes. It is home to two regional natural parks, the Livradois-Forez Park and the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, more than 500 Romanesque churches, more than 50 châteaux, 10 spa towns, and so much more. See European Volcanic Park, which makes Auvergne the largest volcanic region in Europe; Auvergne Historical Châteaux Route; The Haut Allier valley, a listed Art and History area that offers a musical programme in the summer; Electrodome, a fun local museum that exhibits the first electrified village in France; and the numerous Romanesque churches all over the region. Most of them predate 1000 AD. The architecture is nothing short of fascinating, especially the stunning stained glass. Don’t forget to also check out the Chaîne des Puys, a mountain chain that stretches out nearly 50 miles and offers a profile of 80 domes and craters. Don’t miss out on the breath-taking Puy-de-Dôme, with its magnificent rock pinnacle. Taste local wine, which comes from Roanne, located east of the region. Called Roannaise, the red wine is fruity and light, while the rose is lighter and tasty. White wine is also available. Other gastronomic delights offered in the region are its cheeses, Le Puy green lentils, cooked meats, and famous beef.

How to get around within Auvergne

Most of the départements in France have their own regional bus service. Buses usually run from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm, while night buses are available in large towns. Buses are identified by number and direction. If you’ll be staying for quite a while and planning to take the bus regularly, it is recommended to get a bus card or pass, which can be purchased either on the bus or at local bus agencies. In addition, SNCF, the French national rail system, has recently replaced its under-used train lines with buses. Coach services are available between major towns, with Eurolines providing a service between France and other countries.

How to get there

If travelling via air, you’ll most likely go through Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport, located in Clermont-Ferrand. It is the main airport of Auvergne. Other airports in the region are Aurillac Airport and Le-Puy-en-Velay Airport. Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is served by Air Corsica, Air France, Air France operated by HOP!, Air Malta, Hex'Air, HOP!, and Ryanair, with flights to and from Paris-Orly, Amsterdam, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Ajaccio, Bastia, Luxembourg, Malta, Lyon, Figari, London-Stansted (begins 4 July 2015), and Porto. Other ways of getting in include by car, via the A71 motorway from Paris, via A72 motorway from Lyon, and via A75 Méridienne motorway from Beziers; and by train, from Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse to Aurillac.

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