Places We Love in Clermont-Ferrand

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Auvergne Charm

Surrounded by the Chaîne des Puys volcanoes and Massif Central forests, Clermont-Ferrand is one of the oldest towns in France. It's home to a rich Gaul legacy, and was the starting point of the 1st Crusade to Jerusalem in 1095. Its name is a result of the fusion between the bishop-ruled town of Clermont and its neighbor Montferrand, created by the Auvergne counts to counterbalance the clergy.

The Chaîne des Puys is approximately 6 miles from the city and is composed of several volcanic cones and domes, with the Puy de Dôme as its highest point. Guesthouses, B&Bs and rural accommodations in Clermont-Ferrand’s outskirts allow you to enjoy these natural surroundings.

Its charming historic center includes the Gothic masterpiece of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. The popular Place de Jaude has the statue of the Gaul hero Vercingetorix, sculpted by Frédéric Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty.

The city is also famous for the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Full of trendy shops, busy terraces, and great restaurants, the city has a laid-back rhythm. Take advantage of the Clermont-Ferrand hotel deals available on and enjoy this charming Auvergne city.