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The Puy Mary in Cantal, a pyramid in the landscape

Listed as a Grand Site de France, the Puy Mary draws some 600,000 visitors every year to the Cantal. From the top of this amazing volcanic pyramid you can enjoy one of Auvergne’s finest views.

Climbing to the summit

Le Puy Mary, 1,783 metres high, is a symbol of the Cantal Mountains, with its pyramid shape that distinguishes it from the surrounding volcanoes. The summit is acessible from mid-May to late October departing from the Pas de Peyrol pass, where you'll also find an information center with a museum telling the volcanic history of the area. From here, it's about a 30 minute climb to the top, and 200 metres higher in altitude. The site suffered erosion previously, but new installations including steps make for an easier climb and a respect of the environment. The marked route that takes you to a viewpoint indicator, from which you can enjoy one of the most panoramic views in the whole of France.


The Cantal Mountains
The Cantal Mountains

Europe's largest volcano

Le Puy Mary is just one of the peaks that make up Europe's largest volcano (in diameter). There are several hiking paths that will help you to discover the other summits: Le Puy du Rocher (1,813 metres), Le Peyre Arse (1,806 metres), Le Puy Brunet (1,806 metres) and Le Puy Griou (1,690 metres).

The highest point is the Le Plomb du Cantal You can reach the top aboard a cable car, and from its 1,855 metre summit, look out over the volcanoes, which cover an area of 2,700 square kilometres.


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Tourisme en Auvergne

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