Lac Pavin, Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise

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Lac Pavin is a meromictic crater lake located in the Puy-de-Dôme department of France, between Besse-en-Chandesse and Super-Besse. It gives its name to a cheese: Pavin cheese.
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  • The way unexpectedly in front, we decide to take a look at this Lake, we made a piece of the ride but not entirely as ill-equipped (have good shoes that adheres to the snow) and that too long because... people told us that there is good 4 h... possibility to walk in snowshoes or cross-country skiing. Very nice place with great views! We took full eyes
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  • Lake crater with a restaurant on its edges. nice view of the Lake freezes in winter from a promontory that is accessible by road.
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  • The place is a must, first by the beauty of the place and its history. Around the Lake is not very long to do and it's a great pleasure. As beautiful in the snow was.
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  • The Lac Pavin-between Besse and SuperBesse-is a crater lake of 44 hectares, located at 1197 m elevation on the flank of the Puy de Montchal (1411 m). It is surrounded by a beautiful forest and basalt rocks. With its depth of 92 m this is the deepest lake in Auvergne. It is thus a 6000 years ago after a powerful volcano eruption. Hence that almost perfect circular shape and the steep banks. The Lake is fed by source neatly on the flanks of the surrounding mountains. Itself feeds the Couze Pavin' "(see below). By the dissolution of plant material on the bottom of the Lake, sometimes large gas bubbles, to the surface. Formerly it was thought that this was the work of the devil, hence the name of this Lake. Pavin' "is derived from the Latin," pavens "-terrible. A hiking trail makes it possible to walk completely around this Lake. One of the many legends associated with this Lake, goes like this: one day, Mr. Roupoutou in love with a young lady in Besse. Every time he wanted to give her gifts, the young woman him off. He was too ugly for her. But still He kept her Roupoutou gave not showered with gifts. To no avail. One day he could take it anymore. He put himself down to two boulders, as it were, a Chair formed ("la chaise du diable), and burst into tears. Because he but remained Vienna, formed on the expensive streams. All that water came in Besse, all the way down in the rock. The whole village came out so flooded. When the men of Besse-the strongest in the world-this saw, they wore them on their homes. And tilden to where now the village is. Only when he stopped crying, Roupoutou noticed what he had brought about. He was convinced that the whole village had disappeared under the water. He would never see his beloved back. This made him so desperate that he threw himself in the Lake. One never saw him back. There is also told that if you on december 31 at midnight a few throws in the middle of the Lake, you hear the Bell ringing of the small church of the former Besse.
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  • This place is magical! Accessible, exotic, and splendid colors! I have also enjoyed to a coffee on-site, although I would have liked a little more warm. I would come back, that's for sure!
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  • Beautiful places, covered by snow, and the frozen lake. Walk an hour or more for around the Lake. Provide channels in this season for access to the Lake! ;-)
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  • Super beautiful Lake where we could do the pedalos in midsummer it was great weather I would recommend. There is a "hike" that makes the outline of the Lake it takes 1 h to pretty much and it's very nice. Kids can Frolic. However there was a lot of traffic!
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  • Beautiful walks around the Lake pavin. The depth of this Lake (former volcano) is 100 meters deep. Very nice place near Super-Besse
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