A region full of history, traditions and authenticity
The small tourist circuit prepared by our team is not exhaustive, and we invite you also to meet Bénédicte and her team, at the Tourist Office in Chaudes-Aigues. Here are some small ideas for discovering our little village, Le Cantal and the neighbouring area, during your stay at Caleden. Nearby, architectural and cultural heritage treasures as well as a multitude of sporting, leisure and discovery activities are on offer. We advise you to visit among other places the winter/summer holiday resort in Lioran, situated at the foot of one of the highest volcanoes in Auvergne (the Plomb du Cantal, 1,858m), which offers a variety of sports aimed at all ages, levels and interests.
Equally unmissable is the culinary meeting with Serge Vieira, Michelin star chef, who creates a cuisine inspired by nature and with fresh produce, very near to us.
An ideal partner to a spa trip!
More information : contact the Tourist Office of Caldagués-Aubrac, Chaudes-Aigues, and Saint-Urzices http://www.chaudesaigues.com
Chaudes Aigues is situated in the Cantal region (the Massif Central), in the Cantal part of Aubrac, near to the A75 to the East, 28km from Saint-Flour, 89km from Aurillac, 61km from Mauriac, 85km from Brioude, 110km from Puy, 195km from Clermont-Ferrand and to the West, 29km from Saint-Chély-d’Apcher, 80km from Mende, 120km from Millau and 220km from Béziers. An area which proposes a restaurant industry and local products all with an ancestral expertise.
Le Moulin des Templiers - Toques d’Auvergne
04 71 73 81 80
Le Beauséjour - cited in the Michelin guide
Pont de Lanau inn - Semi-gourmet
Hotel L’Arev (restaurant, casino)
Brasserie du Coin in l’Aubrac - modern cuisine
Serge Vieira’s restaurant
The outer wall of the medieval castle of Couffour in Chaudes-Aigues no longer looks over nature alone.
Since 2009, Serge Vieira, Bocuse d’Or and young holder of a Michelin star, has welcomed you to his restaurant where respect of the area and environment competes with lightness, taste and the textures of a creative and harmonious cuisine. Here the feeling is not molecular, but culinary.
The favourite playing field for nature and seekers. The winter-summer Lioran holiday resort (Cantal)
Nestled among fir trees in the heart of the Cantal Massif, the Lioran resort covers 150 hectares, at an altitude of between 1160m and 1850m.
43 pistes for 60km of pleasure, 20 ski lifts, made up of 1 cable car, 8 chairlifts, 7 service lifts, 2 conveyor belts, 1 baby lift and 1 ski-tow.
An optimised network of 223 snowmaking machines permits permanent snow over half the area as well as the beginners’ areas.
Sleigh dogs, snowmobiles, toboggans, water treatment, toboggan slopes, the Plomb du Cantal cable car, ice skating, dog sledding, free and accompanied snowshoe hiking, ice falls...
Lakes in Lanau, Garabit and Mallet
Rafting, canoeing, water sports, fishing, floating structures, supervised bathing, waterskiing, sailing, etc.
Water sports centre
Hikes between Plomb du Cantal and Aubrac
For nature-lovers, the Tourist Office of the Caldaguès-Aubrac area proposes 40 hikes of which 7 marked routes depart from Chaudes-Aigues.
Golf practice in Chaudes-Aigues (Cantal)
La Valette locality
Mezeyrac Laguiole Golf (Aubrac)
The Mezeyrac area is situated in the south of the Massif Central, in the heart of a sublime countryside.
9 hole course across 33 hectares, club house, bar, shop, golf training.
Haute Auvergne Golf (Cantal)
In the heart of the Auvergne, protected by the mountains, Haute Auvergne Golf is spread over 105 hectares and unveils its secrets across 18 holes.
Cycle touring (Cantal)
With 25 loops, Cantal charms the mountain pass hunters just as much as the less experienced cyclists!
The cycle route over the long crossing of the volcano weaves through more than 150km of terrain.
Tel. 04 71 63 85 00
Mountain biking (Cantal)
Look forward to 2, 3 or 4 days on a mountain bike over the paths, through the pastures and ridges of Cantal’s large volcano.
Arrive whenever you like!
Tel. 04 71 63 85 00
The place where town parties rub shoulders with the biggest cultural festivals
International meeting of tattoo artists in Chaudes-Aigues
Until now famous for its thermal baths and the hottest spring in Europe, Chaudes-Aigues is buzzing every year in July, during a fabulous weekend, with over 140 artists’ tattooing machines, among the best in the world, from 26 different nations.
International Festival of Street Theatre, in Aurillac ECLAT (Cantal)
Recognised as the biggest European festival of street theatre and art, it offers hundreds of outdoor spectacles to visitors, day and night.
It has a party atmosphere with the sound of fanfares, Batucada and other wild percussions.
Discovery, enchantment and free expression.
International Festival of Boogie Woogie, in Laroquebrou (Cantal)
A well-known August holiday meeting of specialists, where thousands of jazz amateurs converge in order to applaud the greatest musicians in the world.
Before and during the festival, ‘Swing’août’ invites you to come across amateurs and world champions of boogie dancing.
The ‘Européennes du goût’ in Aurillac (Cantal)
A culinary and cultural festival.
Pride of place is given to the products of French and European soil, with a large market, a culinary competition, an open-air café, fanfares, concerts and other gourmet spectacles.
Concerts and performances at PRISME in Aurillac (Cantal)
Aurillac Development invites you to evenings dedicated to singing, musical and theatrical performance where the opportunity to meet a diverse range of artists is unforgettable.
Prisme invites you also to visit its exhibitions and fairs throughout the year.
An emblematic architectural heritage at the heart of protected countryside
In the south of the Massif Central, on the high plateaus of Aubrac, Laguiole has given its name to the most famous French knife: the Laguiole.
Each knife requires more than 40 successive stages for its production.
The quality of its finishing and the resistance of its blade are the elements which contribute to its long lifetime.
Each model is assembled and fashioned by the same maker.
The Garabit Viaduct (Cantal)
If you choose to walk around the lake in Garabit-Grandval, you will discover an unusual site with an ancient fortified castle from the 15th century, which looks over the gorges of la Truyère.
This route will lead you all the way to the Chateau of Alleuze, passing by the Garabit Viaduct, the belvedere of Mallet and the dam of Grandval.
The Wolves of Gévaudan (Lozère)
In Lozère, more than a hundred wolves live in a natural habitat of around twenty hectares on the legendary lands of Gévaudan.
Guided visits to discover this little-known animal.
The Chateau of Alleuze, in Alleuze (Cantal)
Built upon a rocky outcrop which has become a peninsula with the entry of water from Grandval’s dam, the Chateau of Alleuze is one of the most picturesque sights in the valley of La Truyère.
At the foot of the castle is the medieval Saint Illide chapel, portraying a Station of the Cross.
Tel. 04 71 60 22 50
The Chateau of Pesteils, in Polminhac (Cantal)
Perched upon a craggy rock, at an altitude of 750m, the ancient fortress of Polminhac proudly presides over the valley of Cère. The imposing tower symbolises all the majesty of the Chateau of Pesteils, and is a formidable example of the architecture of the Middle Ages.
Tel. 04 71 47 44 36
The Chateau of Anjony, in Tournemire (Cantal)
In the south of Salers, in the Cantal part of Xaintrie, the charming village of Tournemire holds one of the most beautiful fortresses in Auvergne: the Chateau of Anjony, proud building of red basalt, 40 metres tall and property of the same family for 500 years.
The city of Saint-Flour (Cantal)
From the top of its basalt overhang to the end of a plateau created by the eruption of the vastest volcano in Europe, Saint-Flour welcomes you into a privileged historical and natural setting which bears witness to a prestigious past, discoverable at your will in its medieval streets.
Must-see: the cathedral of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Flour is one of the four cathedrals in Auvergne.
At the end of the path, the superb medieval village of Conques, and its abbey-church with a splendid tympanum, remains one of the most important centres of arts and spirituality in the West.
Thanks to the relics of Sainte-Foy, returned from Agen in AD 883, Conques has become a much-frequented stage on the Camino de Santiago, coming from Puy-en-Velay.
The Millau viaduct (Averyron)
The most spectacular road link in La Méridienne: the A75 motorway, linking Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers and Narbonne.
It is the smoothest and cheapest route between Paris and the Mediterranean.
Pointing towards the north on the Red Causse plateau and towards the south on the Larzac Causse plateau, the Millau viaduct crosses the Tarn valley, a few hundred metres from Peyre.
To the south of the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park, a unique village welcomes you.
It is there, among the rocks, that the caves can be found where the famous cheese of Roquefort slowly matures.
The unmissable visit to the Roquefort maturing caves will plunge you into the underground labyrinths which formed naturally after the collapse of the Combalou mountain.
Before reaching Espalion, the GR®65 crosses the villages of Castelnau and Saint-Côme-d’Olt, a medieval town ranked among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’, with its fortified outer wall pierced by 3 doors and which possesses a curious ‘twisted’ bell tower.
In Espalion, you can enjoy the Persian-Roman church, the Pont Vieux over the River Lot, the old Renaissance palace, the Chapel of Penitents and the Chateau of Calmont d’Olt (medieval activities).
The menhirs and dolmens of Chanac (Lozère)
On Lozère territory can be found the largest concentration of menhirs and dolmens in France and Europe.
On the Sauveterre Causse plateau, the dolmens are known as ‘elbow-bend dolmens’.
Discoveries have included, among various ornaments (ends of lances, blades of flint, pierced animal teeth) numerous trepanned skulls.
A natural heritage with character, a fundamental richness
At the heart of the Hautes-Terre, l'Aubrac is a historical crossing point.
Here, Cantal, Lozère and Aveyron meet at the cross of the Three Bishops.
Go and discover a pastoral lanscape where the villages and farmes rise up to an altitude of 1100 metres, and meet the real people who shape this mountain country.
Le Puy Mary (Cantal), labelled Great Site of France
The emblematic pyramid of Puy Mary (1787m) proudly presides over the Cantal volcano, the biggest volcano in Europe (2700km).
The Great Site is home to a rich nature preserved at the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Auvergne volcanoes.
The 8535 hectares which spread in a star shape over the ridges from the summit of Puy Mary are now classed as a natural site (1930 law).
Aven Armand (Lozère)
Passing through a 200m long tunnel, the funicular will transport you 50m underground into the vast room which would easily fit the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Under careful lighting, more than 400 stalagmites raise their lacy teeth several metres into the air.
A world record, the ‘Grande Stalagmite’ reaches up to almost 30 metres in length.
The Dargilan grotto (Lozère)
The visit to the Dargilan Grotto, the largest grotto in Cévennes and the Causses plateaus, will impress you with its gigantic size and the variety of concretions in lively natural colours.
Listed site *** Grotte Rose”