One of the most extraordinary landscapes in France, the largely rural region of Auvergne contains vast forests, dormant volcanoes, majestic lakes and stunning gorges. This is a taste of a picturesque France.
Famous for its cheeses, home to an abundance of hot springs that have spawned an industry of spa towns and mineral water (Volvic comes from here). The region is a major hiking destination but also hugely popular with motorcyclists who are wooed not only by the glorious vistas in every direction, but also by a particularly well maintained and bike-friendly road network.
The region is also extremely popular for its university town and busy capital, Clermont-Ferrand, and some particularly outstanding medieval churches that were built using the various different coloured local volcanic lavas.