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The Montagne Bourbonnaise

In the Montagne Bourbonnaise, you can discover an impressive heritage which has been passed down over the centuries, combined with the skills and know-how of the local craftsmen who will be pleased to welcome you after your relaxing hike or a spot of fishing in between visiting the area's castles and Romanesque buildings.

As a highland area, since the Middle Ages the Montagne Bourbonnaise in the Auvergne has naturally been used as an observational and defensive position, commanding an impressive view across the Besbre valley and that of the Loire.

The majestic Clunisian church of Châtel-Montagne
The majestic Clunisian church of Châtel-Montagne

Heritage discovery in the Montagne Bourbonnaise

During a walk through the forests, you will undoubtedly come across the ruins of numerous ancient castles, but you can also visit well-preserved heritage sites, including a number of castles which are still inhabited today. Stop in Lapalisse to see its famous castle.


You can admire the wide variety of religious sites in the area, ranging from the majestic Clunisian church of Châtel-Montagne, a masterpiece of auvergnat Romanesque art, to the numerous converted mediaeval churches or those rebuilt in the 19th century.
During your visit to the Montagne Bourbonnaise, take advantage of the long tradition of hospitality and know-how to be found in the area's numerous craftsmen's workshops. Glassblowers, saddlers or doll restorers all invite you to discover their talents in the craftsmen’s and artists’ village of Châtel-Montagne.


Equestrian in the Montagne Bourbonnaise
Equestrian in the Montagne Bourbonnaise

Outdoor activities

The tourist activities available here are often open-air activities including hiking, trekking, mountain biking, archery or skiing with the Loge des Gardes resort for downhill skiing and two cross-country skiing areas (Montoncel and La Verrerie). The area is also ideal for quad biking, canoeing, windsurfing, rowing, tree climbing and grass skiing or similar sports.
And between these exciting activities, why not enjoy a welcome break in a charming country inn or an authentic restaurant where you can sample some of the region's specialities, which make extensive use of bilberries

When organising your stay in the Montagne Bourbonnaise, you have a huge choice of accommodation, from hotels to rural gîtes, not forgetting campsites, bed and breakfast providers or even gypsy caravans.

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