The natural park of Auvergne volcanoes takes place over 120km and 147 municipalities. That’s the biggest natural park in metropolitan France !
Inisde this natural park, you can find 80 volcanoes which form « La Chaîne des Puys ». The geological site « Chaîne des Puys – Faille de Limagne », is listed as a UNESCO heritage site. It’s the perfect place to discover the beauty of Auvergne volcanoes.
Although it’s impossible to visit by feet all Auvergne volcanoes in one day, coming at Vulcania is the best deal ! You will try several trails, know more about this unique volcanic environment, and its characteristics.
Among Auvergne volcanoes easily reachable from Vulcania, you will find « le Puy Pariou » and « le Puy des Goules », both accessible from the « Parking des Goules » which is located 4km from the park. Those volcanoes respectively rise up to 1209m and 1146m, you will be able to discover them during a family hike thanks to identified trails partially covered by undergrowth. You will need at least 1 hour and a half to climb up « le Puy Pariou » and « le Puy des Goules ».
Puy de Dôme
The « Puy de Dôme » is the must-see if you visit Auvergne Volcanoes. Located 15 minutes from Vulcania by car, the most courageaous can climb up the 1465m, with a 1-hour walk by the « chemin des muletiers » from the Ceyssat col. There is also a rack train called « Le Panoramique des Dômes » which eases the ascent and/or descent.
Except « le Puy Pariou », « le Puy des Goules », and « le Puy de Dôme », lots of others volcanoes aren’t far from Vulcania. They will surely fill your need for natural spaces and walking. The park is next to the main part of « la Chaîne des Puys » and its outsides will also give you a breathtaking view ! When the weather is clear, you may observe « le Puy Pariou », « le Puy des Goules », but also « le Puy des Gouttes », « le Puy Chopine », « le Grand Sarcoui », « le Puy de Fraisse », « le Clierzou », « le Puy de Côme », and le Grand Suchet ».
If you want to know more about Auvergne volcanoes, Vulcania enables you to discover in a fun way the fine details of the natural regional site of Auvergne volcanoes in one place, so that the access to this natural and unique heritage is made easier! You can learn about the diversity of this natural park with different activities which will be appreciated by all the family : discover on an outdoor route, all the « Chaine des Puys »’s secrets with a scientific animator, or live the eruption of a new volcano in Auvergne ! A more interactive way to discover volcanoes awaits you in Vulcania !
Beyond Auvergne volcanoes, Vulcania brings you to the volcanism conquest around the world.
» Find out more about all the park’s animations dedicated to volcanoes to prepare your family exploration
Animation “Réveil des géants d’Auvergne”
The Auvergne volcanoes natural park is free all year long. In order to enjoy nature, praticable tracks and points of view, we recommend you to visit Auvergne volcanoes by a dry and clear weather. For family walks and hikes, spring and summer are the best suited seasons. You’ll enjoy sun and sweet temperatures even in summer.
Moreover, the Vulcania park usually open from late March to late October / early November. It will be possible to combine your volcanoes visit with a discovery of the theme park. We invite you to check the opening dates and times of Vulcania to planify your visits in Auvergne.
To enjoy activities in the park and nearby, we recommend you to spend at least an entire day to visit volcanoes in additional to your visit at Vulcania. To discover comfortably the Auvergne volcanoes and its surroundings, we recommend you to book a stay with the Vulcania park. Vulcania offers several deals including your nights in a partner host, your entrances to the park, breakfasts, and additional activities like the ascent of the « Puy de Dôme » by rack train !
Eventually, If you want more recommandations to plan your Auvergne volcanoes visit, we invite you to consult our tips about the « volcanoes road ».