The Puy de Dôme is one of the least densely populated départements in France and so attracts many nature lovers wishing to enjoy landscapes still spared by galloping urbanisation. And so, the Auvergne Volcano Nature Park offers excursions across its volcanic domes and puys, testament to Auvergne’s far-off turbulent seismic past. Like all the regions of France, the département of Puy-de-Dôme and its inhabitants are the guardians of a rich historic, cultural and culinary heritage which is just waiting to be discovered and shared.
Bed and breakfast in the Puy de Dôme
One of the four départements of the Auvergne region, Puy-de-Dôme is part of the historic region called Basse Auvergne, in contrast to the Haute Auvergne which corresponds to the Cantal, more mountainous and undulating. It takes its name from the highest volcano in the Puys mountain range, the largest volcano range in Europe, which reaches a height of 550 metres, looking out over the Combrailles area, its valleys and hedged farmland to the west and the north, the fertile Limagne plain to the east and the summits of the Massif Central to the south, just before descending to the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea via the Millau viaduct.Online booking
All these discoveries can be made from a somewhat unusual and decidedly exceptional base camp: the Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin. Instead of a typical bed and breakfast, identical examples of which can be found all over the world, the Chateau de Saint Saturnin offers extraordinary bed and breakfast accommodation in the Puy-de-Dôme: five suites which, combining comfort, modernity and tradition, transport their occupants into the extraordinary history of the chateau, owned over the centuries by Catherine de Medici, Marguerite de Valois and Louis XIII.