Tourism - Cantal

Cantal is a department in south-central France. The department is part of the region of Auvergne and is surrounded by the department of Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Loire, Aveyron, Lot, Lozère, and Corrèze.

The principal towns are Aurillac, Saint-Flour, and Mauriac. The main industry is rural tourism. The most visited places are Puy Mary (1787 m), the Plomb du Cantal (1855 m), the village of Salers, the Gorges of the Truyère, its Garabit viaduct and the town of Boisset to name only a few. The ‘Parc naturel des Volcans d’Auvergne’ featuring several inactive volcanoes, should not be missed. Cantal also has several castles.

Among the various activities offered in this department, the "Massif Cantalien" can be discovered through walking, horseback riding or mountain biking excursions. Water sports are also popular in the many lakes in the region. The department also offers more casual activities like mountaineering, canoeing or fishing. In addition, Cantal has a good snow level in winter, which allows winter sports. The station of the Lioran, the greatest ski-resort of the Massif Central, allows alpine skiing or ice-skating and hiking in snow shoes. The department has several hundred kilometers of cross-country skiing tracks.

Top tourist cities in Cantal


Tourism Aurillac, the tourism capital in high-auvergne

Aurillac is at the border between the mountain and the plain. While the Jordanne River is flowing through its centre, the city, located at the foot of the Monts du Cantal, is looking toward the southwest of France , toward the Languedoc and the Quercy. Although it is ...

Must : Musée d’art et d’archéologie d’Aurillac, Muséum des Volcans


Tourism Mauriac

Situated between the Dordogne and Puy Mary, the Pays de Mauriac has a rich natural and architectural heritage.Val-Lac St. Jean beach, aqua-recreational center, fishing, hiking tours, mountain biking, cycling a wide range of activities for an enjoyable stay


Tourism Saint Flour

Saint-Flour, city of art and history, perched on a rocky volcanic, is located at the crossroads of Margeride, Cantal mountains and gorges of Truyère, its natural attractions, popular with fans outdoor sports, composing breathtaking landscapes. Sightseeing in ...