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Puy-de-Dome, Clermont-Ferrand

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One of the youngest volcanoes in the region, Puy-de-Dome is a large lava dome in a chain of volcanoes that includes numerous cinder cones, lava domes, and maars (volcano craters). This is a well-known area for paragliding as the summit offers expansive views of the Chaîne des Puys and Clermont-Ferrand. You can stop in the restaurant, shops, or the visitor center to get information on the history and geology of the area. Walk the pedestrian path that was formerly a Roman road leading to the Temple of Mercury. The vehicle road previously leading to the summit is now closed so visitors must hike up on foot or take the Panoramique des Dômes, a rack railway. Hikers can also reach the Puy using a footpath on the northern side, which runs past the Nid de la Poule (Hen Nest) crater. The GR 4 long-distance European trail uses this footpath and the sentier des muletiers (mule trail) to traverse the mountain. Before you head to Clermont-Ferrand, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Clermont-Ferrand trip builder, to make sure you see all that Clermont-Ferrand has to offer, including Puy-de-Dome.
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  • No food (excluding sandwich) before 17 March at the top of the Puy de Dome and so no room to warm up apart from the station of panning wonderful Site worth visiting even in winter
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  • Probably the best possible way to see how it looks in the countryside over here. We loved the views and as the weather was sunny and mild we also decided to walk down. Brilliant way to get a close vie...  more »
  • The rise of the Puy de Dome by the path of the carriers can be made by anyone in good health, and what reward after 45 minutes of effort: a splendid panorama on Clermont-Ferrand but especially on the Puys in whole China.
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