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Auvergne's lovely beaches

All over Auvergne there are lakes, little splinters of blue in the landscape and huge stretches of open water. These are mainly natural lakes or dam lakes. In some cases, natural lakes have formed over the years in dormant volcano craters, which is what gives them their purity and unrivalled richness. Beside these lakes there are small beaches with fine sand or soft grass. Here, you can bathe away from the crowds in an authentic countryside setting, bask in the sunshine or relax in a quiet and restful atmosphere.

Some bathing locations have a little extra. The towns responsible for them are aiming to obtain Blue Flag status, a demanding and prestigious international ecolabel that guarantees excellent water quality and exemplary environmental management of the town and its beach. And some of them have already won the award!

 

We have selected some of these Auvergne beaches for you; ones which combine the unusual with water quality and environmental commitment. Bathing here is patrolled in season (times vary according to location) and there are always activities nearby. What could be nicer than spending the morning enjoying some sports or sightseeing and following up with an afternoon on the beach?

 

Auvergne's Blue Flag Beaches

 

Aydat Lake (Puy-de-Dôme)

One could say it's the "beach" of Clermont-Ferrand. Bordering the largest natural lake in Auvergne, grass terraces are available for relaxation and sunbathing as well as play areas for children and self-service grills. The Blue Flag label certifies the sanitary quality of the water, the facilities and the management of the beach.

The watersports area includes sailboat lessons and rentals in addition to a large choice of boats: catamarans, dinghies, row boats, sailboards, fishing boats and pedal boats.

 

Tour d’Auvergne Lake (Puy-de-Dôme)

At the foot of the Massif du Sancy, the little beach of Tour d’Auvergne welcomes family visits to its peaceful, rural setting. In the heart of the countryside and looking out onto some lovely landscapes, it has all sorts of leisure facilities for people of all ages.

 

Vieure Lake (Allier)

In the heart of the Bourbonnais region in northern Auvergne, the location of Vieure Lake makes it a great setting for a family outing. All sorts of leisure activities are available during the summer, including bathing, pedalos, windsurfing, canoes & kayaks, volleyball pitches, beach volleyball, pétanque, multisports and table tennis tables, whilst fishing and walking tours, which start very close to the beach, are also an option.

 

Lastioulles Lake (Cantal)

In northern Cantal, this 125-hectare lake has a little peninsula with a truly exotic atmosphere, jutting out into the middle of its very high- quality water. In this pleasant, family-friendly location, perfect for a day’s relaxation, you can enjoy bathing as well as pedalos, catamarans, kayaks, windsurfers and sailing dinghies.

 

Bouchet Lake (Haute-Loire)

South of Le Puy-en-Velay and at an altitude of 1,205 metres, this lake is a pearl of purity. Nestled within one of Auvergne’s loveliest craters, tucked inside a forest, this is a place for a lovely, peaceful getaway.

 

 

Also discover the beaches of Ambert, Le Pont du Bouchet in Miremont, Val in Lanobre, Champagnac-le-Vieux, just to name a few.

 

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