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Clermont-Ferrand is the capital of the Auvergne region and one of the oldest cities in France. Located between the Limagne plain and the Chaîne des Puys mountain range, it is a gateway for exploring central France. The city is the birthplace of the famous French mathematician, physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal and is home to some impressive architecture including UNESCO World Heritage Site, basilica Notre-Dame-du-Port. Clermont-Ferrand is also known for the chain of extinct volcanoes, Chaîne des Puys, that surround the city. The highest volcano, Puy-de-Dôme, is just 13km away from the city centre.
To drive around the city with ease, book your Clermont-Ferrand car hire in advance with Enjoy Travel. You’ll find mini vehicles such as a Renault Twingo or similar for just €34 per day, or a compact car like a Peugeot 308 for €36 per day.
Guide to Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand is located in the Puy-de-Dôme département, which is in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes région in south-central France. If driving, it is about 165km west of Lyon.
Clermont-Ferrand experiences a temperate climate characterised by warm summers and cold winters. The best time to visit Clermont-Ferrand is in the summer from June to August. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 20.3°C (68°F). January is the coldest month and has an average temperature of 3.8°C (39°F).
Culture in Clermont-Ferrand
Being one of the oldest cities in France, there is plenty of history and heritage hotspots to discover in Clermont-Ferrand. But far from being stuck in the past, the city also has a thriving contemporary art scene with lots of fun festivals taking place throughout the year, including the world’s leading short film festival.
Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Notre-Dame-du-Port is a 12th-century, Romanesque church that has been designated a World Heritage site. Constructed in very pale sandstone, the building gleams in the sunlight. Inside, the capital stones (the carved stones at the top of columns) depict very elaborate biblical stories. For instance, one shows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. However, if you look closely, you’ll see that Eve holds not an apple, but a bunch of grapes. This is because, in the 12th-century, most of the fruit cultivated in this region was grapes.
Watch a Film at a Festival
The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival is the world's largest film festival dedicated to short films. In fact, after Cannes, it is the second-largest film festival in France. The festival takes place annually usually around the end of January into the first week of February and lasts for just over a week. It really is a fantastically fun festival for film fans.
Eating out in Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand is a wonderful destination for lovers of good gastronomy with a wide range of culinary delights to tickle your tastebuds. There are lots of quaint cafes and bistros as well as fine dining restaurants, some of which hold coveted Michelin stars. For an authentic taste of the region make sure you try truffade, Auvergne potée, aligot, stuffed cabbage and traditional apple tart.
Fly into Clermont-Ferrand Airport (CFE) which is just 6km from the centre of the city. To travel to and from the airport, you can take the bus, train or taxi. If you want to use public transport, take the bus number 20 (€1.50; 30-40 minutes) to the heart of the city.
Getting around Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand has good public transport links and you can get around by tram, bus, taxi or bike. All the major points of interest can be reached by bus or tram and you can easily get around the city centre on foot. However, if you want to explore more of the region, renting a car is a great idea. Some of the most reliable car hire agencies in Clermont-Ferrand include Europcar, Enterprise and Sixt.
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