Rich of its landscapes diversity, Haute-Loire also gathers a quite exceptional cultural, architectural and religious patrimony, precisely inherited from this diversity of places.
But you will not be the first ones here! Indeed, the first evidences of human presence in the area go back to... roughly two millions years ago
Therefore, from the most modest shepherd's shelter to the famous castle of one of the heroes of the American War of Independence, the Général Lafayette; from the pleasant winegrower’s house in the Val d'Allier to the austere granite farm defying the most extreme winter conditions of the Margeride… the housing diversity tells a lot about the people’s history in this region. .
A crossing place as much as a necessary gateway between the Auvergne and the Midi since the Middle Ages, hundreds of marked paths are waiting for you. From the famous Way of St James (Chemin de St-Jacques de Compostelle) to the small weaving track, hanging on a wild valley, you will have too much to choose!
By foot, horse or bike, you will discover amazing landscapes, a rich and diverse wildlife, with as background music : the sounds of the wind, the streams and the birds!
Land of mysteries and believes, Man here did set up his Faith as an Art as you will see in Le Puy en Velay, with its cathedral classified at the UNESCO Humanity World Heritage and its exceptional old town, starting point of St James' Way or in the basilica St Julien in Brioude and its remarkable frescoes, one of the biggest roman churches of the region and a true jewel of roman art. More modestly, small chapels of the 12th century, abbeys nested deep in wild valleys or majestically located on a basaltic promontory will make you travel in History.
Calm and peace will guide your stay, but if you prove to be more adventurous, your walks in the forest might well end around a nice plate of mushrooms or a blueberry pie!
Local markets will make you discover the gastronomic diversities of our authentically simple products. There are some moments when happiness is to be found under a good slice of rye bread, a piece of cheese (preferably that with "artisous"!) and a good glass of wine. But don't tell everybody... there wouldn't be enough for all!