Motorcycle crossing a road
Motorcyclist speeding around Hairpin bend
France, Haute-Loire (43), Brioude, la Basilique Saint-Julien de Brioude
Cultural road trip from Puy-en-Velay to Clermont-Ferrand
Welcome to Auvergne, a region of endless beautiful routes. Your route takes you on a 3-day motorcycle ride along picturesque, panoramic roads… In short, roads made for bikers! You can also discover the cultural heritage of the region: by visiting the Basilica of Saint-Julien in Brioude, Vulcania Park near Orcines and, of course, the motorcycle museum in Riom! Be sure to try the fourme d’Ambert in the eponymous town.
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Take the time to visit the splendid town of Puy-en-Velay, famous pilgrimage point of the Santiago-de-Compostela, before reaching the heights of Forez in Puy-de-Dôme. Your route alternates between sweeping bends and small tight turns, plateaus, gorges and pine forests. Stop off at the Basilica of Saint-Julien in Brioude, the largest Romanesque church in Auvergne, to admire its 12th and 13th century frescoes. Your destination is Ambert, where you can taste its famous fourme and girolle mushrooms.
A seemingly non-stop succession of bends lead you to the midway-point of the commune of Thiers, the cutlery hot spot. En route you pass several villages of interest such as Courpière in the heart of the Lavradois-Forez Natural Park and Saint-Just-en-Chevaleret, nestled at an altitude of 600 to 900 metres in the Monts de la Madeleine. Enjoy your evening in Vichy, exploring its architectural heritage and thermal baths, before ending with a gentle stroll through Parc Napoléon and Parc Kennedy.
Begin with a rugged ride in the midst of swirling rivers, the gorges of Sioule and the dizzying viaduct of Fades. Superb panoramas await, particularly on the Queuille meander. History lovers will enjoy the ancient city of Charroux, the castle of Chouvigny and the bridge in Ménat. Just before Orcines, the Vulcania park reveals the secrets of the volcanoes of Auvergne. Don’t miss the motorcycle museum in Riom and the Michelin museum upon your arrival in Clermont-Ferrand.
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