Auvergne Aurillac and the local area - Bleu d'Auvergne PDO cheese

Auvergne Aurillac and the local area

Auvergne Aurillac and the local area

The Auvergne region offers infinite variety. Discover the area of Aurillac, between the Cantal and La Châtaigneraie mountains.


The area is located southwest of Cantal, at the foot of the Plomb du Cantal and at the edge of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park. This area of Auvergne is crossed by the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, and drained by the Jordanne and Cère rivers whose valleys attract a large number of tourists. It is a region of gentle slopes and greenery – a pleasure to visit.

This is the production region of PDO Cantal, Salers and Bleu d’Auvergne. Also, ENILV (National School for Dairy and Meat Industries) is located in Aurillac, where many generations of emblematic PDO Auvergne cheese makers were trained.

This is an area of water and mountains, much like the rest of Auvergne. The Jordanne valley with its walking trail, the Cère walking trail, and the magnificent lake at Saint-Etienne-Cantalès where all types of water sports and fishing are offered.
Also, the resort of Lioran is close by. Winter is for skiing while the summer is for hiking – in all its forms.


Although large sporting events like the Oxygen challenge are organised in Lorian to bring together amateur mountain bikers and hikers, many “gentle” activities are also on offer. Hikes taken at your own pace while enjoying magnificent views, fishing, golf or discovering the tourist attractions of the Auvergne region.

For example, visit the many castles, or two of France’s most beautiful villages, Salers and Tournemire – above all, there are the seasonal events such as the street theatre festival in Aurillac (August), or the medieval festivals in Polminhac (July and August).

When it comes to food, this area has a wealth of events such as the ‘fête du cochon’ at Loquebrou (March), or the traditional cheese festival at Pailherols (June). But the high point for European food lovers takes place in Aurillac (July) when producers and artisans from across France and Europe come together.

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