Spring is the ideal season to encounter authentic nature like that of Velay. Hiking or adventure version, there is bound to be a playground that suits you. This is where it all begins. Where history has left its mark through the castles, chapels, abbey churches and the cathedral of Puy-en-Velay. And this is where your path begins. No doubt your return to basics begins here!

Hike on our 8 long-distance hiking trails (GR🇧🇷)

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The town of Puy-en-Velay is a real crossroads of long-distance hiking trails in France. Road of Saint-Jacques, Stevenson, Saint-Régis or even the Tour des Volcans du Velay, for a day or a weekend, come and walk while discovering emblematic landscapes and natural sites.

Measure yourself at the Gorges de l'Allier

If you like thrills, then head to the Gorges de l'Allier to measure yourself against this powerful river. Here, sports enthusiasts and enthusiasts will enjoy the many outdoor activities such as rafting or canoeing in a unique setting!

Go back to the source of the Loire

If you prefer to recharge your batteries and stroll, then head towards the Gorges de la Loire. We will meet you a few kilometers from Puy-en-Velay to gain a little height on the Mézenc massif, the highest point of the territory. For geography lovers, a trip through Mont-Gerbier-de-Jonc, the source of the Loire, the longest river in France, is available to you!


Visit the Most Beautiful Villages of France

The Haute-Loire department has 6 Most Beautiful Villages in France, including Polignac, located very close to Puy-en-Velay. Emblem of Velay, come and visit this medieval village as well as its legendary fortress. This site, which is already a feast for the eyes from the outside, offers a unique panorama from its platform.

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View of the Polignac fortress

Visit the monuments at a reduced price

Discover the Velay region at a preferential rate! Visit the Notre-Dame de France Statue, the Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe rock, the Crozatier museum, the cloister of the Cathedral or the Polignac fortress. Create your stay:

The Pass' 3 monuments allows you to choose 3 visiting sites among the 5 monuments offered. You have 72 hours to visit the 3 chosen monuments.

The Pass' 5 monuments gives you access to the entire tour offer.

Discover the specialties of Velay

The AOP green lentil from Puy-en-Velay, Velay cheese and even Velay verbena are local products not to be missed. You can discover them during the region's many weekly markets, in one of our partner restaurants or on the Velay producers' route.


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