Unknown to many, except the French nationals, the Cantal is a hidden gem, in the middle of France, with fresh mountain air and un-spoilt landscape. In the Massif Central mountains, the volcanic landscape of the Cantal has created an all year round adventurous activity location, from winter skiing, mountain walks, cycling and climbing. Water sports on the many lakes and rivers including, sailing, swimming, paddle-boarding and fishing in the numerous rivers including the Dordogne river. Cycling whether on or off road, there are choices from famous Le Tour routes over mountain passes, Puy Mary, or the forest trails and mountain descents such as Le Lioran. Cantal is a massive adventure playground, or for a more relaxing stroll around a local lake or park. Amongst the extinct volcanoes in the Auvergne countryside with peaceful villages, medieval towns and larger cities, they all provide opportunity to sample local cuisine, where the food has come straight from the local farmers and the surrounding land. The local historical places to visit, such as Saint Flour, with its Gothic catherdral and to the south Gustave Eiffel’s magnificent Garabit viaduct, traversing the steep valley of the Truyere river. The ancient village of Salers, one of Frances most beautiful villages, offers practical displays of the countryside, from milking the cows to creation of bespoke knifes. To the south of Cantal the capital of Cantal is found, with festivals and eating out establishments is also the famous for the production of umbrellas, which adorn the streets.
In 2018 after 30 years in the Fire and Rescue Service in Yorkshire I retired and started a new adventure with my wife in France. For a number of years we looked around the Limousin, then we ventured into Cantal and found our dream home. Our two Cocker Spaniels absolutely love the area we have moved to with forests, lakes and rivers to play in every dayView Auvergne Information Homepage
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