There are lots of activities to discover in Le Puy en Velay. Here is a non-exhaustive list that may guide you in organising your next stay. To best discover the town of Le Puy en Velay and the surrounding area, do not hesitate to ask the hotel reception for advice to be best guided towards the activities that you can enjoy during your stay.
A hub of activity, Le Puy en Velay looks to satisfy those who love historical and geographical discoveries, enthusiastic pilgrims, beginner or seasoned walkers, as well as fans of marked cycle paths and curious visitors of all ages. The Le Puy en Velay region is brimming with a host of heritage treasures and natural riches. Discover the many ideas for rambling and exploring nature offered summer and winter alike in Le Puy en Velay.
Among all the activities on offer, here is a brief non-exhaustive selection of those that can be done in Le Puy en Velay and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, whether sporting, cultural or historic. If you would like more information, you can contact the Tourist Office directly or visit its website, which is bursting with great ideas and useful addresses. The Tourist Office is only 7 minutes by car from your hotel (address and contact details below).
Le Puy en Velay retains an incredibly rich historic centre. Its Notre-Dame-de-l’Annonciation cathedral and splendid cloister were added to UNESCO’s world heritage list in 1998. 15 August each year is an opportunity to celebrate the Assumption with the procession of its Black Virgin. The Tourism Pass issued at the Tourist Office will allow you to visit the town of Le Puy en Velay’s greatest historical and cultural treasures.
Another unmissable sight is the statue of Notre-Dame de France that watches over Le Puy en Velay from the summit of Corneille rock. From up above, you will have an unbeatable view of the entire town of Le Puy en Velay. Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe chapel, built on another volcanic peak over 80 metres high, can be reached by an imposing staircase with 268 steps.
In summer, the most beautiful sites in Le Puy en Velay and Brives Charensac are lit up with fabulous light shows. These extremely popular shows may also be available during the winter holidays. For more information about days and times, please contact the Tourist Office directly. The Deltour hotel is particularly well situated, as it is located 5 minutes on foot from the Brives Charensac light shows.
Set off to discover an immense unspoilt natural heritage. Several marked hikes can be followed, such as the three-day hike from La Chaise-Dieu in Le Puy en Velay through the medieval village of Allègre. You can also enjoy gourmet stopovers to savour the famous Le Puy lentils and various traditional dishes. For more information, contact the Tourist Office.
Just a few kilometres to the west of Le Puy en Velay, the Allier Gorges await adventure seekers and novices alike for white-water rafting in unforgettable landscapes. Other white-water sports such as canoeing and canyoning are also offered in the warmer months from April to October.
The European capital of the Way of St James (Via Podiensis – GR65) and the beginning of the Stevenson route and other GR hiking routes, Le Puy en Velay attracts pilgrims and walkers of every level from all across Europe. Few town centres in France can boast of being the crossroads of so many hiking paths. Shorter trails near Le Puy en Velay are also highly appreciated for their extraordinary scenery, such as Corboeuf Ravine and La Beaume Waterfall.
Cycle along the paths of Le Velay! The Deltour hotel boasts the Accueil Vélo label and services: it guarantees you a shelter for your bicycle, a rapid charging station for electric bicycles and the essential tools for repairing your kit. Enjoy a stay in complete safety and optimal comfort at the two-star Deltour Hotel, just next to the Voie Verte walking and cycling path in the Le Velay region.
Le Puy en Velay also has a large Motocross circuit that regularly hosts rounds of the French Enduro Championship. Here is an opportunity to go off-road on two wheels during your stay in Haute-Loire.
Superbly restored châteaux and fortresses dot the landscape of Le Puy en Velay. Built over four centuries, the Fortress of Polignac is the best-known one, attracting thousands of curious visitors each year. It costs €6 to visit this gem in the Le Puy en Velay region (admission included in the Tourism Pass). You can also discover Le Puy en Velay’s other medieval monuments, such as:
• Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette
• Château de Lavoûte-Polignac
• Château de la Rochelambert
• Le Château de Bouzols
• La forteresse de Saint-Vidal et ses spectacles estivaux
You can also discover the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region from the air. Parachuting, hang-gliding and hot-air balloon flights are some of the many activities available in Le Puy en Velay. It will be an opportunity to bring back wonderful pictures. Several service providers will take you on an unforgettable journey in the skies above Auvergne’s volcanoes. An international gathering is organised every year in November.
Once you have come back down to earth, you can go to play golf in a club located in the neighbouring municipality of Ceyssac, barely fifteen minutes from Le Puy en Velay town centre.
On the Departmental Tourist Office’s website, you will discover a list of unmissable experiences on offer around Le Puy en Velay and its region.
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Le Puy en Velay agglomeration Tourist Office
Phone: +33(0)4 71 09 38 41