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Massif Central, Puy de Dôme.

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From December to September

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Tourist activities to discover in the summer around Village Vacances Murol

The Murol themed holiday village (Massif Central) inspires you to discover countless tourist activities in the Massif du Sancy and the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Murol Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop, is the number one unmissable destination in terms of Auvergne heritage sites. The medieval tours and entertainment will inspire the children's imagination! Knights, falconers, jugglers and farmers in costume put on a great show to delight young and old alike. Next, discover the secrets of how the legendary Saint-Nectaire cheese is made. Did you know you can enjoy this cheese with... blueberry or apricot jam? The jam maker in the beautiful village of Saint-Nectaire, where you can discover unexpected and subtle pairings of flavours, is a must-visit. Enjoy a stroll around this unique village while you’re here and visit the Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Cornadore church, one of the Auvergne's Romanesque treasures. Anyone who loves crafts or unusual geological discoveries will fall under the spell of the unique Fontaines Pétrifiantes (Petrifying Fountains), where you can visit the cave, spring, fountains and the moulding workshops which make the stunning bas-reliefs. In the Sancy mountains and the Massif Central, there are plenty of activities the kids will love. The Jonas troglodytic dwellings and the Roche Blanche (White Rock) are great examples. Vulcania, 45 km away, the European volcano park, a popular destination for anyone interested in nature.

Live to the rhythm of the destination


- Vallée verte (Green Valley) Festival
– Pays des Couzes musicals
– Dance & Music of the World in Issoire
– Europavox in Clermont-Ferrand
– Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
– Retro Rockin’Festival in Mont-Dore.

Sports events:
– Andros Trophy (Super Besse circuit)
– Trail de l'Envol de la Perdrix (trail running) in Super Besse
– Mont-Dore Course de côte (international car race) in Chambon-sur-Lac.

Activities in the region throughout the summer in:
– Murol
– Chambon-sur-Lac
– Saint-Nectaire
– Besse
– Mont-Dore
– La Bourboule

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Murol Medieval Festival – Ascension Weekend (last weekend in May)

Two days of festivities in medieval costume, in the listed medieval village of Murol and its 12th-century castle. This historical and cultural festival will take you back to the time of wandering minstrels. Themed games and food centred on the local area and rural traditions.

Programme includes:

- Medieval market and tavern.

- Medieval camp, presenting occupations, military strategy and daily life.

- Daily: mini-knights workshop, troop parade, medieval music and dance, and a pitched battle before the camp.

- Free activities in the village over the two days.

- Guided tours of Murol castle throughout the day (admission charge only).

Village / Resort labeled "Famille Plus"

The "Famille Plus" label offers you the best guarantees for a successful family holiday thanks to its various commitments:

- a personalized welcome for families

- rates & animations adapted to each age activities to do with family or between siblings, cousins ​​cousins ​​...

- easy access to nearby businesses and services dedicated and qualified professionals

On a family holiday, take part in discovery workshops, thematic outings, tours and circuits adapted for strollers and little ones ... Everything is developed for a practical family holiday.

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Travellers' Choice

Travelers' Choice honors accommodations, restaurants, attractions and vacation rentals that provide quality service over time.

Our establishment received this award on Trip Advisor, thanks to the opinions and comments of our vacationers.

Our selection of must-see places

Visit to the feudal castle of Murol (Themed, Guided or Activity tours).
Guided tour of the Chateau de La Batisse.
Local crafts:
- jam makers in Saint-Nectaire
– Auvergnate Beehive
– Clogs and Boots
– Les Fontaines Pétrifiantes (Petrifying Fountains)
– Farm visit to learn how Saint-Nectaire cheese is made.

Murols School of Painters Museum (weekends only).
Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Cornadore church in Saint-Nectaire (a major Romanesque Auvergne church).
Medieval town of Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise (pedestrian streets and “Besse stone” houses).
Lac Pavin (a magnificent volcanic crater). “La Toinette & Julien” living history museum in Murat-le-Quaire.
The Roman baths at Mont-Dore. Issoire and the Saint-Austremoine Abbey (a major Romanesque Auvergne church), clock tower. Vulcania, European volcano theme park.
Le Puy de Lemptégy, an open volcano.
Le Puy de Dôme – at 1465m, it's the highest altitude volcano in the Puys mountains (its summit accessible on foot only).
The Puy de Sancy mountain at 1,886 m – the highest point in the Massif Central.
Several châteaux and the most beautiful Romanesque churches (such as Notre-Dame-d'Orcival Basilica, Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand and the Saint-Saturnin church.)

Vulcania theme park

New in 2020: Azureva partner of Vulcania

Volcano-themed attractions for all! A place to learn as well as have fun, Vulcania is a theme park that enables you to gain a better understanding of how volcanoes – and our planet – work.

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Saint-Nectaire animal park

A small petting zoo ideal for children, where you can stroke and feed coypus and kangaroos, as well as see wallabies, llamas, marmots, prairie dogs, reindeer and farm animals.

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Preferential rates

Our partners offer preferential rates on a range of activities. So make the most of the Thermadore pool in Saint-Nectaire, the zoo in Ardes-sur-Couze, and hot-air balloon flights a stone’s throw from the holiday village!

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UNESCO World Heritage

In July 2018, the volcanic Chaîne des Puys mountains became a UNESCO World Heritage site, joining such prestigious sites as Mont Saint-Michel and the Palace of Versailles.

Our themed activities

Our medieval themed holiday village of Murol welcomes you in a festive and historical atmosphere with the cultural life of castellans, knights and other peasants of medieval times. In the heart of the Massif Central and Auvergne, multiply the emotions with a team of animators experienced in medieval animation and available for you to enjoy a family vacation out of time. Welcome to our beautiful region, in the Regional Park of Auvergne Volcanoes, where Castle Murol also offers a complete integration in the Middle Ages. In the heart of our medieval village of Murol, participate in art crime sessions, workshops and themed shows, banquets and festival nights. Your children will become valiant knights or princesses and discover the arsenal of Perceval, the last quest of the witcher or participate in fighting cap and sword foam! Visits are also prepared to allow you to discover the riches of the region. Browse the hiking trails and marked trails dedicated to cycling. ATV lovers, test the dedicated area of ​​Super-Besse, site of the 2010 Coupe de France MTB. Want a wellness break in the middle of all this festive animation? Relaxing massage sessions are optional in our Murol holiday village. Fishing enthusiasts can also be found close to our Azureva Murol medieval themed holiday village, with zander, pike, carp or trout teasing.

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Various walks and trips

Wildlife and volcano discovery walks. Hikes over more than 600 km of waymarked footpaths. Bathing in Lac Chambon, 800 m above sea level. Meet local artisans, beekeepers and jam makers, tour of a dairy farm where Saint-Nectaire cheese is made.

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Varied evening entertainment

Pre-dinner drinks and games, dance, folk, cabaret and group games evenings, tournaments, etc.

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Mountain-biking centre in Super-Besse

On the site of the 2010 French MTB championships, the Espace Super VTT has:a Kid’Zone for young bikers (seesaws, slaloms, mini-bumps, mini-bridges, etc.)a Bike Zone laid out in the woods, with jumps and bridges.A downhill mountain-biking course, accessible from the summit of Puy de la Perdrix.19 trails of between 3 and 35 km.1 washing station and 1 free repair station.

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Medieval atmosphere

Ancient and medieval games found nowhere else in France. Sword-fighting with foam swords for children and adults, organised by a professional fencing teacher in costume.Special themed evenings, trips to the chateau of Murol, etc.