Fancy some fresh mountain air or a holiday in the great outdoors? Then head to the Massif Central with its 11 regional nature parks and national park! You will love the diversity of the landscapes and the iconic Chaîne des Puys (with 80 volcanoes), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, are you ready to recharge your batteries with a holiday rental in the Massif Central?
The Massif Central: a characterful destination in the heart of nature
There's nothing like a place you can put your own stamp on for some relaxation. As the seasons change, so does the Massif Central, providing a series of landscapes each more breathtaking than the last. Many travellers visit their holiday rental in the Massif Central every year to brave the volcanoes, to hurtle down snowy slopes, to enjoy local specialities or to learn more about the cultural heritage of the region. Covering an area the size of Austria, the Massif Central is in the centre of France, mainly in the Auvergne region.
One must-see destination in the region is the Chaîne des Puys with its 80 volcanoes. These are key sites for geological phenomena caused by continent break-up. Do you know what makes the Cantal Volcano unique? It's the biggest volcano in Europe, covering almost the entire Cantal department! Absolutely amazing. Many other volcanoes make up the region, including Puy de Sancy (1885 metres), the highest in the chain. Various activities are possible, like skiing and hiking. What's the unmissable resort in the Massif du Sancy? Super Besse!
The Massif Central is famous for its food. You will have heard of the local cheeses: Cantal, Fourme d'Ambert, Saint-Nectaire, Salers and Bleu d'Auvergne. During your stay in the Massif Central, don't forget to try the traditional local dishes:
Salivate over a Truffade made with Cantal Tomme fraîche cheese. This is a delicious and very hearty dish!
Start your meal with Pounti, a tasty bacon and prune terrine.
Share a Cantal Tomme fraîche tart with friends
A must-try is Aligot made with Auvergne Cantal Tomme fraîche cheese and mashed potato.
And for those who aren't afraid of anything: try Tripoux d'Auvergne. We'll let you see for yourself what this tripe dish has in store...
Activities in the snow or in the sun near your holiday rental in theMassif Central
In both summer and winter, you will find a range of activities available near your holiday rental in the Massif Central. For some exercise, you can walk along the numerous marked trails that cover the region. Skiing fans will prefer to put their skis on and hit the slopes. And why not plan a picnic and go for a day of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing?
Feel like freshening up a bit? Go for a dip in the lakes, rivers or waterfalls; or go canoeing or fishing. The region's waters are famous: from the famous Volvic drinking water to the relaxing thermal waters of Auvergne, water is king here.
Discover the cultural heritage of the Massif Central. How about a trip to Clermont-Ferrand to visit the Romanesque Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Don't forget the region's castles built from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and brimming with turrets, keeps and ramparts. They'll take you on a journey through time.
There is nothing like strolling through the picturesque Auvergne villages considered some of the most beautiful in France. Walk around Tournemire and marvel at its magnificent medieval castle. Take a stroll in Usson, a village perched on a volcanic peak. Walk around Montpeyroux, an old wine-growing village built around its keep. Finally, take a trip to Salers for a real visual treat.
Super Besse: your holiday accommodation in the Massif Central
But where can you stay to enjoy the region's treasures? Choose a holiday rental in the Massif Central: Residence Le Bois de la Reine*** in Super Besse. This complex is the perfect combo, offering winter sports and beautiful summer hikes and trips! It has small, comfortable and cosy chalets 800 metres from the heart of the resort. Mountain bike hire, aquatic centre, gondola lifts, bars and restaurants: everything is nearby! This means you can enjoy the peace and quiet, but take full advantage of the activities, shops and entertainment available at the resort.
The apartments can accommodate up to 8 people. This is perfect for bringing your whole tribe along! You will be pampered: fancy relaxing in the heated outdoor swimming pool or the sauna? And if you're in search of some fun, the residence has a games room with billiards, pinball machines, table football and a cosy lounge with sofas; and Wi-Fi! To give you the perfect stay, the apartments are fully equipped, with a terrace or balcony and bed linen included!
Want time together at your Massif Central holiday rental? Why not have a barbecue with friends or family in the dedicated picnic area? There's nothing better than ending a meal with a game of pétanque while your little ones have fun in the 2 playgrounds.