Summer, winter… every season is beautiful in Cantal, for enjoying a range of activities. From summer meadows on the flanks of the volcanoes to gentle old valley trails, where fish-rich rivers slip by, nature is generous in Cantal, and awaits you with a multitude of leisure activities, on land, in the air and on the water!
The perfect landscape for exploring, on foot, trail-bike, horse-back or bicycle; Cantal and the Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne offer up a range of itineraries, including:
3,000 km of way-marked walking routes
1,100 km of varied off-road cycling routes centred on 6 major hubs
1,100 km of long distance walking routes (the GR©400 around Puy Mary, Via Arverna, the Monts du Cantal loops...).
900 km of bridle paths
150 km of road cycling on the “Grande Traversée du Volcan à Vélo”, the GT2V route.
25 cycle-touring circuits in the Department
Perhaps you've dreamed of taking off from the slopes of Europe's biggest volcano, in which case, make the dream come true! Try an introduction to paragliding on a tandem flight with a qualified instructor, or sign up for a personally tailored course.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, we have two golf courses nearby (try both over one weekend): Golf de Haute-Auvergne (18 holes) at Sansac de Marmiesse in the heart of the Monts du Cantal, and Golf de Vézac, also an 18 hole course, with a practice range, putting green, golfing school and private lessons.
And if you prefer to take the plunge, the lake of Saint-Etienne-Cantalès to the north of Marcolès offers water sports (windsurfing, sailing, canoes, stand-up paddling...), swimming (lake and pool) and beaches fully equipped for relaxing. To the south, the Vieillevie water-sports centre on the Lot, on the border between Aveyron and Cantal, offers year-round fun for all the family. On offer: canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddling, rafting...
In winter the Lioran ski area at the heart of the Cantal massif offers extensive snow-sports from mid-December to mid-April: 44 runs and 18 lifts: 1 cable-car, 8 chairlifts, 6 button-lifts, 2 "magic carpets" and 1 baby lift. Lioran is also about enjoying the snow without skis: dog-sledding, snow-mobiles, luge-runs, the Plomb du Cantal cable-car, ice-rink, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing…
Auvergne is the land of wide open spaces and volcanic landscapes par excellence. From the banks of the Allier river to the Cantal summits, from the wooded landscapes of the Haute-Loire to the dramatic contours of Puy-de-Dôme, the contrasts are striking.