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. Plan your visit to Puy-de-Dome and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Clermont-Ferrand trip planner.
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  • I went to the Puy de Dome in bad weather, there was so much snow arrived at the Summit that we couldn't see anything and you couldn't move forward. The ideal is to go in the spring or summer weather.
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  • When you're in the Auvergne are definitely worth to visit. You're going with a closed cabin a whole lot up. From the station where the end point is you go then a stroll on a lot. It's a whole climb but worth it. We had suffer small flies that was unfortunate. You can take a return by cable car or running back.
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  • Superb panorama. I regularly rise and the Tower of the Summit. Frequent presence and departure of paragliding it is very beautiful. The free exhibit at the top is nice but closed in February. Full parking to return to 12hoo in full winter. .. What about summer?
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