||In the valley of
the Allier :
castles, monuments, visits
du saumon et de la rivière
Maison de la
Dentelle - lace museum
- Weekly market Saturday morning
Musée de la vigne
Fine 19th century single-span stone bridge over the allier
Site of the village.
Paulhac. mediaeval castle overlooking the Brioude plain
- Saint Ilpize.
Mediaeval fortress, standing
atop a volcanic rock, three hundred feet
above the river Allier below. Free access.
* Old suspension bridge,
high above the river Allier. Built in 1879 by
Arnodin, this was the first modern suspension bridge in France.
* Vine conservatory
- collection of historic varieties in a restored
* Magnificent late medieval triple-arch stone bridge across the
* Maison des Oiseaux - museum
and diorama of the exceptionally rich
bird life in the Haut Allier.
perched dramatically on top of an old volcanic
lava-flow, beside the river Allier.
* Amazing basaltic "organ
rocks", and 19th century suspension bridge over the Allier.
Christian Guth Paleontological
museum, small, but top quality museum
with the fossilized remains of mastodons, rhinoceros and other
creatures that inhabited this area 2 million years ago.
on Thursday mornings.
up the allier Gorge. Website
the Pays d'Art et d'Histoire area and its immediate vicinity.
antimony mines, with guided underground visits .
Ancient city -
listed as one of the "plus beaux villages de France". Old
Castle : the
historic seat of the Marquis de Lafayette - of specific interest to
Fine mediaeval fortress,
with living history activities in summer.
Hilltop village overlooking the valley of the Allagnon. Impressive
ruins of medieval castle, renovated terraces, magnificent views.
Museum of the French Resistance
Well presented museum commemorating the activities of the French
Resistance in this area in the Second World War.