The Gîtes
The Area

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There are many different and varied activities in the area, a few of which are listed below. There are many other activities and information leaflets are available in the gîte.

Paragliding from the Puy du Dôme
There is rock climbing at Job and also paragliding.

There is a touristique train, going past the château through the heart of the valley. It has a raised observation area for a better view. It runs all summer and also at several other times during the year.

There are many rural walks from the gîte and also slightly further afield.

There are 2 churches in Arlanc, one of which is 12th century.

At La Chaise-Dieu (the chair of God) there is a wonderful abbey, a museum of wood, a museum of wax, and many cafés. During August, the abbey hosts a superb classical music and choral festival.

Just North of Ambert; there is a area for ski de fond (cross-country skiing) with peaks at over 1500m and good tracks in the winter.

There are many birds of prey to be seen in the area and in the forests.

There is a "Plan d'Eau" 1 km the other side of Arlanc which also has an open air swimming pool and tennis courts just along side. Also in Ambert, there is a covered swimming pool with water slides and this is open throughout the year.

The "Musée de la Dentelle" (which is in fact a Lace museum and not one of dentistry as many people think!) is in Arlanc with guided tours available on request.

Le Jardin pour la Terre
There is a honey farm locally (again with guided tours) where you can see the bees at work and buy products made on the farm.

The Jardin pour la Terre is a 6 hectare site near to the Plan d'Eau which is a large map of the world, planted out with trees and flowers from their native countries.

In Ambert, there is a museum for agricultural and steam machinery as well as a Cheese museum for the local Fourme d'Ambert that is produced there.

Heading out of Ambert towards St Etienne, there is a Paper museum where there are guided tours and you can also see the paper being made in the traditional way.

Further a field
There is horse riding at St Anthème, either at the Plan d'Eau or at a stable up in the hills near to the Col de Supereyres which is at over 1300 metres and has some superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Many châteaux open to the public both in the Puy de Dôme, Haute Loire, Loire and Cantal (the 4 regions that make up the area of the Auvergne).