The highest volcano in the Puys chain, the Puy de Dôme, culminates at an altitude of 1465 m (www.clermontauvergnetourisme.com/volcan-auvergne/puy-de-dome). Near Clermont Ferrand.
Its summit reveals a panoramic view of the massif’s 80 volcanoes of various shapes.
Two solutions to get there. By train or on foot.
A tip: before you climb, check that the summit is clear on the web cams on the website (http://wwwobs.univ-bpclermont.fr/opgc/webcam.php).
An electric cog railway takes you to the top of the Puy de Dôme in 15 minutes. From the parking lot at the foot of the volcano.
This panoramic mountain range takes to the skies above the Puys chain. While an audio recording immerses you in the history of the Puy-de-Dôme.
A train every 40 minutes. Last descent at 7:20 p.m.
Adults: €12.80 to €15.50. Free for children under 4 years old. Family tickets: from €33.20 to €40.90.
Two pedestrian paths lead to the top of the Puy de Dôme: the Chemin des Muletiers and the Chemin des Chèvres.
Our tip: walk up the Chemin des Muletiers. 350 vertical meters over 1.9 km. That’s a 45 minute to 1 hour walk.
Then go back down the path of the Chèvres. Facilitated in places by stairs.
In addition to the magnificent 360-degree view, the summit has other attractions to offer.
It houses the remains of a great Roman sanctuary: the Temple of Mercury. This was once a high place of pilgrimage.
The free access.
A good plan: the Temple de Mercure district next door offers an interactive course for young people. This free route makes exploring the temple fun.
You can also take off from the Puy de Dôme with a paraglider, delta or ULM. To see the Puys chain from a different angle.
Paragliding baptism: 80 to 120 € for adults. 80 to 100 € for children (from 10 years). Reservations at www.clermontauvergnetourisme.com/fiches/absolu-parapente
To complete your volcanic stay, an unmissable visit: Vulcania (www.vulcania.com).
An amusement park dedicated to volcanism. And to natural phenomena such as earthquakes or geysers.
It allows you to approach scientific terms in a playful or emotional way.
With animations like the awakening of the giants of Auvergne. And playgrounds for children: the Pitoufeu house, the geyser…
An exciting visit for all ages.
Adults: €26 to €30.50. Children (6 to 16 years): 21 to 25 €. Infants (3 to 5 years): 6 to 8 €.
Tip: Buy tickets online. This saves you up to €2 per ticket. On www.vulcania.com/billet-malin
Easter egg hunt
On April 17th and 18th, the children are invited to a family egg hunt on the Puy de Dôme. Based on the principle of an orienteering race.
Armed with a researcher’s notebook, they set off in search of clues scattered around the top of the volcano.
When the booklet is finished and the riddles solved, every explorer will find Easter chocolates in the treasure chest.
Free entertainment. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m