Weekend Getaway in Clermont-Ferrand

Day 1:

Arrive in Clermont-Ferrand and check into your hotel in the city center, ideally near the Place de Jaude or the Quartier Historique. These areas offer a central location and easy access to the main attractions.
Start your day by visiting the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, a stunning Gothic cathedral made of black volcanic stone. Admire its unique architecture and the beautiful stained glass windows.

Explore the historic streets of the Quartier Historique, the old town of Clermont-Ferrand. Visit the Basilique Notre-Dame du Port, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the charming shops and cafes.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the local restaurants, savoring regional specialties such as truffade (potato and cheese dish) or potée auvergnate (traditional stew).

Take a walk around the Place de Jaude, the central square of Clermont-Ferrand. Admire the statues, fountains, and the illuminated cityscape.
Dine at a traditional French restaurant in the Quartier Historique, trying local dishes or international flavors.

Day 2:

Take a day trip to the nearby Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne. Drive to the Puy de Dôme, the highest volcano in the region, and take a scenic train ride or hike to the summit. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Return to Clermont-Ferrand and visit the Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot, housed in the former Hôtel-Dieu. Admire its collection of art, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.
Explore the Jardin Lecoq, a beautiful park offering green spaces, flower beds, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Dine at a restaurant in the Quartier Historique, enjoying the charming ambiance and the flavors of French cuisine.
Take a leisurely walk through the illuminated streets of Clermont-Ferrand, enjoying the ambiance and the city’s architectural beauty.

Day 3:

Visit the Musée Bargoin, dedicated to the history and art of textiles. Learn about the rich textile heritage of the region and admire the exhibits.
Take a scenic drive to the nearby village of Orcival, where you can visit the Basilique Notre-Dame d’Orcival, a Romanesque church.

Return to Clermont-Ferrand and visit the L’Aventure Michelin museum. Discover the history and innovation of the Michelin tire company through interactive exhibits and displays.
Explore the local markets, such as the Les Halles Saint-Pierre, and browse through the stalls filled with fresh produce, local products, and artisanal crafts.

Depart from Clermont-Ferrand, taking with you fond memories of your weekend getaway in this vibrant city.

Remember to check the opening hours and availability of attractions in advance, as well as any travel restrictions or guidelines that may be in place during your visit. Enjoy your trip to Clermont-Ferrand!