Where is Le Mouy Vieux?
The departments in the Auvergne are: Puy-de-Dôme, Haute Loire, Cantal, and the Allier.
“Cast your eyes upon the Auvergne’s dramatic volcanic landscape and you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Iceland rather than the heart of France. And yet this region has been overlooked by visitors. No more, though – the Auvergne is reinventing itself with a series of ambitious art projects and a growing portfolio of wilderness adventures”
In 2016, the number of regions was reduced from 27 to 18 through amalgamation and the Auvergne region is now known as Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
A few kilometres away from the nearby village of Le Vernet la Varenne – Puy-de-Dôme (63) – which enjoys the usual shops found in most small French villages including a baker, a small supermarket, a pharmacy, a newsagent and of course a bar.
Close by is a fantastic small lake; the “Plan d’Eau” which has bathing, pedalo’s, tennis and even fishing.
Issoire is the closest major town to Le Mouy Vieux; 17 kilometres away and about a 20 minute drive.
At around 470km from Paris, Issoire is a major stop-over point on the main A75 autoroute, also known as la Méridienne, heading to Montpellier and the south of France.
Places to visit in Auvergne
The Auvergne is perhaps best known for its forested volcanic landscape, especially around the ‘epicentre’ of the region for scenery – the Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes of the Auvergne (Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme departments).
As the region is of a mountainous rugged nature it is unlikely you will get to visit all the highlights during one two week holiday. Distances between two places whilst looking close on the map can be much further apart by road than you expect!
Increasingly, the region is gaining popularity as a year-round destination because of its river and mountain activities, and helped by improved communication and transport links to the region.
The Allier river crosses much of the region, and a particular highlight is to follow the Allier Gorges, as the river passes through some magnificent scenery.
The highlights of this area are volcanoes which include the Monts-Dome, Monts-Dore and Cantal mountains as well as the Chaîne des Puys and the central volcano of the Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes of the Auvergne – there is also a very popular visitor attraction at Puy-de-Dôme. To the east of the volcanoes is the Parc Naturel Regional Livradois-Forez.
Also in Puy-de-Dome are Montpeyroux, Saint-Saturnin, Saint-Floret and Usson, each classified as most beautiful villages in France.
The village of Chateldon is also a very attractive destination, and Thiers (famous for Thiers knives and cutlery) has an attractive historical centre.
Haute Loire (south-east Auvergne)
Le Puy en Velay – a beautiful town in the heart of the Auvergne region has been the a starting point for pilgrims for centuries and has an impressive selection of interesting historical monuments. Probably the ‘not to miss’ town of the Auvergne!
Several classified villages can be found in Haute-Loire including Lavaudieu, Blesle, Arlempdes and Pradelles.
Allier (north Auvergne)
Vichy (home of the Vichy Government during World War II) is to the north of the Auvergne region.