To see

Visits, Landmarks and festivals

A ten thousand leagues of mass tourism and unknown to the general public, the Gorges de la Loire yet have a geological heritage, cultural, religious and historical importance. Follow the guide!

Geolocigal interests

  • ravins corboeuf

    Rocher de Costaros : climbing rock
  • Ravins de Corbeuf, Rosières
  • Suc de Ceneuil and its path of discovering the nature of the areaLava flow of Bourianne: municipality of St julien d'Ance (hike)
  • Le lac Bleu : municipality of Champclause
  • Coulée de lave de Bourianne: municipality of St-Julien d'Ance
  • Cascade de la Beaume, municipality of  Le Brignon
  • Mont-Mézenc, highest point of the departement, 1753 m high : municipality of Les Estables (hiking)
  • Lac du Bouchet, (former crater of volcano): municipality of Cayres (hiking)
  • Le Mont-Gerbier de Jonc, sprinf of the Loire

Religious edificies

As a pilgrimage place, Le puy en Velay is one of the starting point of the pilgrimage of St jacques de Compostelle.

  • Cathedral Notre Dame of Puy-en-Velay
  • Rock and chapel of St-Michel d'Aiguilhe
  • Church of Chamalières-sur-Loire (IX-XII s)
  • A lot of roman churches in the area

Historic patrimony

sculptureteteDuring the medieval area, a lot of castels and big houses were built. But a lot them sere destructed by all the wars. Nowadays, a lot of ruins of castels can be visited. You can also visit castels and fortresses. All these buildings witnesses the past.

  • Ruins of Roche en Régner (panoramical view on the "Gorges de la Loire" & orientation table)
  • Ruins of Artias castle, municipality of Retournac
  • Fortress of Chalencon & Pont du diable (Devil's bridge), municipality of St-André-de-Chalencon
  • Castle of Lavoûte-sur-Loire
  • Fortress of Polignac
  • Mills of Blanlhac :



There's a lot of music and theater festivals during july and august. Just have a look :


  • Festival of country music of Craponne-sur-Arzon (last week-end of july), cliquez ici.
  • Festival of sacred music of La Chaise Dieu (from august till september)
  • Les musicales du Puy-en-Velay (2nd week of july)
  • Festival "Rock et musiques en Emblavez" in St-Eienne-Lardeyrolles (july)
  • Nuits de rêves, outside theatre festival Blanhac, Rosières (july)
  • Festival les théâtrales du Velay au château d'Arlempdes (last week of july)
  • Fêtes Renaissance du Roi de l'Oiseau in all the city of Le Puy en Velay (2nd week-end of september),