Weekend idea in Auvergne: go to Puy-de-Dôme and come back in great shape – 2022-11-05 at 08:30

Weekend idea in Auvergne: go to Puy-de-Dôme and come back in great shape - 2022-11-05 at 08:30

In Auvergne, fill up on fresh air and moments of relaxation.  photo credit: Getty Images

In Auvergne, fill up on fresh air and moments of relaxation. photo credit: Getty Images

Do you want silence, gentle landscapes and moments to think only of yourself? The Puy-de-Dôme reaches out to you. An afternoon of hiking, a day of thalasso and a restaurant to enjoy, all you have to do is book.

A climb to the top of the volcano by cogwheel train

Symbol of the department, the puy de Dôme is, with its 1,465 meters of altitude, the highest volcano of the Chaîne des puys. Located in the heart of the Massif Central, this high summit classified as a “Grand Site de France” is accessible on foot by the Roman road from the Col de Ceyssat. But the most pleasant thing is to take the cogwheel train. Ecological and adapted to the mountain site, the “Panoramic of the domes” allows you to reach the summit of the volcano while preserving its environment. The mountainside route offers you a comfortable 15-minute trip and reveals a breathtaking panorama of the Chaîne des Puys, the Limagne plain, Clermont-Ferrand and the Sancy massif. Arrived at the summit station, you only have a few meters to go to discover the “Giant of the domes”, a mythical site and flagship symbol of Auvergne. There, three walking paths await you: the path of the curious, the path of the conquerors and the path of the pilgrims.

The departure station is located in the town of Orcines, at the foot of the Puy de Dôme, a place called La Font de l’Arbre, chemin du Couleyras. Full fare return ticket to


youth rate at



At RoyaTonic, recharge your batteries in depth

At the foot of the Puy de Dôme, under huge glass roofs, come and draw all the energy from the water delivered by the volcanic lands of Auvergne! In the indoor or outdoor lagoons, at more than 30°, enjoy the bubble beds, jacuzzis, hammams, saunas and scented pools. The baths are open all year round and children from 6 years old are welcome. You can treat yourself, for example, to a special back relaxation package with exfoliation, relaxation massage, relaxing thermal mud wrap. This service can be enjoyed by two in the double cabins for

70 euro

per person. Another option, an escape to Polynesia with a body exfoliation with the fine sand of Bora-Bora, mango butter wrap and Hawaiian massage for

140 euros

. Other packages are to be discovered on site or on the site.

RoyaTonic, 5 avenue Auguste Rouzaud, 63130 Royat. Bath package

22 to 35 euros

depending on the services,

18 euros

for juniors from 6 to 15 years old.

All gastronomic paths lead to La Belle Meunière

From the threshold of this

restaurant, opened more than thirty years ago, you will be struck by the sweetness of life that emerges from the decor combining the charm of the past and contemporary design. The magnificent 1900 glass roof, the listed restaurant room, embellished with moldings and stained glass windows, the elegantly set tables, everything will whet your appetite. That’s good because, for three decades, Christine and Laurent July have applied themselves to transmitting the values ​​of local cuisine. To do this, Laurent focuses his cuisine on carefully selected farm products from handpicked suppliers. You will have the choice among specialties such as scallops roasted with spring ceps, black pork cooked in Mézenc hay bread, stuffed saddle of young rabbit, morels and cream of green asparagus. Hundreds of references from

wine accompany this great cuisine.

La Belle Meunière, 25 avenue de la Vallée, 63130 Royat. Roots of Auvergne menu at

59 euros

Walk in the Volcanoes menu at

49 euros

tasting menu at

95 euros


Near Clermont-Ferrand, learn to fly a drone

Imag’in Drone, 66 avenue du Roussillon, 63170 Aubière, from

70 to 90 euros

initiation time.

True technology of the 21st century, the drone is in the process of conquering the general public. But flying a drone is not as easy as it seems and an introductory course is a good idea. Near Clermont-Ferrand, the company Imag’in Drone offers you an introductory course. You can choose to learn with a virtual headset or in the field. In virtual mode, you will be at the controls of a multirotor drone capable of flying at around 70km/h. If you prefer reality, you will pilot the aircraft in the company of an instructor who will teach you all about the regulations governing this type of aircraft.

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