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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 Résidence Vacances Murol

The Murol Self Catering Resort (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. There are plenty of things to see in the surrounding area, which will immerse you in medieval history. You can also discover the local culinary heritage, by learning the secrets of how Saint-Nectaire cheese is made. Did you know you can enjoy this cheese with... blueberry or apricot jam, to bring out the flavour?  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.
The Massif du Sancy and the Massif Central abound with tourist activities. The Jonas troglodytic dwellings and the White Rock are great examples, not forgetting the European Volcanism Park, the Murols School of Painters Museum, the majestic Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Cornadore church in Saint-Nectaire, the medieval city of Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise and Lac Pavin.

Live to the rhythm of the destination

- Vallée verte (Green Valley) Festival 
- Couzes country musicals 
- Danses et Musiques du Monde (Dancing and Music of the World) festival in Issoire 
- Europavox in Clermont-Ferrand
- Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
- Retro Rockin’Festival at Mont-Dore 

Sports events:
- Andros Trophy ice racing championship (Super Besse Circuit) 
- Trail de l'Envol de la Perdrix (trail running) at Super Besse 
- Mont-Dore hill climbing at Chambon-sur-Lac 

Activity centres in the region throughout the summer:
- Murol
- Chambon-sur-Lac
- Saint-Nectaire
- Besse
- Le 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).

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Our selection of must-see places

Visits to the feudal castle of Murol (Themed, Guided or Activity tours)
Guided tour of Château de La Batisse 
Local crafts:
- Saint-Nectaire jam maker 
- La Ruche Auvergnate (bee hive) 
- 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 church in the Auvergne)
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 
- Saint-Austremoine Abbey (a major Romanesque church in the Auvergne) 
- The clock tower 
Vulcania, the European volcano theme park 
Le Puy de Dôme at 1465m, the highest altitude volcano in the Puys mountain chain (summit accessible on foot only)
Le Puy de Sancy at 1886m, the highest point in the Massif Central
Lots of châteaux and the most beautiful Romanesque churches (such as Notre-Dame-d'Orcival Basilic, Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand and the Saint-Saturnin church.)

Our themed activities

The Murol self catering holiday resort has an infinite range of activities on offer in the Massif Central and the Auvergne. Whether you’re in “sport” mode or “nature” mode, you’re going to have so many amazing experiences and make so many new discoveries. Welcome to the stunning Massif du Sancy, located within the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Our qualified activity leaders will be happy to take you on walks to introduce you to the fauna and flora of the volcanoes or show you the local crafts during the full and half-board season. Hiking is the most popular activity in Murol and the surrounding area. There are 600 km of signposted trails, as well as several cycling routes for those on cycling holidays. If you love mountain biking, try out the dedicated area at Super-Besse, the site of the Coupe de France 2010 mountain biking race. There is a bike washing station at the resort, where you can look after your bike. Don’t you also deserve a little well-being break? Good news! Enjoy the relaxing benefits of a massage and unwind at our club-village (optional extra).
Feel like just chilling out? Why not have a swim on the sandy beach of Lake Chambon, which is just 800m away? Get your rods and bait ready! In Sancy, we have fun, we fish and we laugh! Enjoy a spot of fishing near the Azureva de Murol resort, where you can find zander, pike, carp and trout. And for different kinds of fun on your family or couple's holiday in the Auvergne, why not try quad biking, horseriding, summer sledding or canoeing... What an amazing holiday we have in store for you!

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Varied evening entertainment

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