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The castle of Lavoûte-sur-Loire
The castle of Lavoûte-sur-Loire

Experience the wild Loire River

Your holidays at the source of the last wild river in Europe.

The wild Loire is a nature destination par excellence! Taking its source at the foot of Mont Gerbier-de-Jonc in a region of medium-height mountains, the wild Loire winds its way down through a diversity of landscapes rarely encountered in the relatively small geographical area of a French department. It offers nature lovers the chance to enjoy a wide range of activities.

Le Mont Gerbier de Jonc, source of the Loire
Le Mont Gerbier de Jonc, source of the Loire

So many ways to discover

Between the deep gorges and wide valleys, the fauna and flora is unveiled to the rhythm of the river's flow... The sheer variety of the offer is guaranteed to delight families, sports lovers, culture enthusiasts and those who are content simply to contemplate the beauty of nature... whether you enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding, swimming or fishing, this is the ideal place to abandon yourself to your favourite pastime.


The most beautiful 'Loire flower walks' are proposed to reveal the secrets of the wild Loire River to walkers' eyes only: its first castles, its sandy beach-banks, its astounding gorges, etc.


The mountainous setting of the wild Loire River offers a great variety of picturesque winding roads which will delight cyclists. The going is tough to make it up to the river's source at Mont Gerbier-de-Jonc but the reward at the end of the effort is immense!

A land of castles

The region around the wild Loire also offers a rich heritage of historical constructions with more than twenty castles and forts. At a bend in the river, a stage scenery view will meet you as your gaze falls upon the ruins of Arlempdes castle, the first castle on the banks of the Loire since the river's source, and a little further downriver, the castle of Lavoûte-Polignac, the first 'palace' castle....


See also

Tourisme en Auvergne

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