The Auvergne region that corresponds to Bleu d’Auvergne PDO encompasses the Massif du Sancy, the real heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park. Let’s explore the riches of the eastern sector of this Auvergne region.
North of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park and south of the Puys mountain range, Sancy-Est is characterised by its traditions and natural beauty. It is, of course, greatly impacted by the volcanoes that led to the formation of its simultaneously powerful and gentle contours. Above all, the region of Auvergne stands out for its panoramas. It is a region that unites history and modernity. It is renowned for its cheese-making traditions: for Saint-Nectaire, of course, but for Bleu d’Auvergne PDO too.
Saint-Nectaire may be considered the “capital” of Sancy-Est, but we mustn’t overlook the other typical towns within this Auvergne region. On the one hand, there is Murol with its imposing fortress set in a striking landscape that offers many sights. On the other hand, there is Chambon-sur-Lac with its wide body of water, set in a unique green area, used for all types of water sports activities.
Hydrotherapy remains important for Saint-Nectaire. And there are also the famous Fontaines Pétrifiantes. The troglodyte cave is another peculiarity of this area of Auvergne. You can visit the grottos of Jonas, Farges or Cornadore. Finally, it is impossible to avoid mentioning Saint-Floret, one of France’s most beautiful villages, typical of the Auvergne region.
The Super Besse ski resort lies above Besse-et Saint-Anasthasie set amongst breathtaking landscapes. Alpine and cross-country skiing are offered here, as are all other snow leisure pursuits. Snowshoe hiking, dog sledding, archery, trapper camps, etc. At Sancy Blanche, cross-country ski trails take you to Super Besse. And then there is “Saint-Cochon”, a food festival that takes place in January high up where you will also find the seasonal jazz festival “Sancy snow jazz”.