UNESCO status for Chaine des Puys, Auvergne

Written by on July 4, 2018 in News

The peeks of 80 dormant volcanoes in central France known as the Chaîne des Puys, including the famous Puy de Dome, have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.

The chain of volcanoes becomes mainland France’s first natural Heritage site and were granted UNESCO status on 2 July 2018.

This unique landscape now joins sites such as the Grand Canyon, the Okavango Delta, Kilimanjaro and the Great Barrier Reef on this prestigious list.

Auvergne – one of the great secrets of France

The emblematic image of the Auvergne and the Puy-de-Dôme department, the Chaîne des Puys – Limagne fault Tectonic Arena has been recognised by UNESCO as an exceptional geological site. The alignment of the Chaîne des Puys volcanoes and the Limagne fault provides evidence for a large-scale process which has fashioned the Earth’s surface continental break-up.

This geological history is superbly reflected in the landscape and stimulates the visitors’ imagination as they gaze across the lush green volcanoes at what could have been a new ocean.

Set in an area of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, at 14,65m high the Puy-de-Dome is the largest not the tallest in the chain of volcanoes. It makes for a beautiful, challenging climb or hop on the train to the top to enjoy outstanding views over this stunning countryside.

What to see and do in the Auvergne

www.auvergnerhonealpes-tourisme.com

Related Articles

Centenary of the end of The Great War Remembrance Vigil in northern France

France honours the end of World War I with a remembrance vigil taking place on the night of 10 November to 11 November 2018. Located on the front line from the end of 1914, the territory of Pays d’Artois was forever marked by those bloody battles. From the French offensives of 1915 to the great […]

Continue Reading

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2018

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2018

Written by on October 27, 2018 in News

The international Lift-Off Film Festival celebrates the best that the independent film community in Paris and across the rest of the world has to offer. The Lift-Off Global Network is committed to promoting global indie film, connecting filmmakers from all around the world, and nurturing the creative talent of their ever-growing community. Diary note: Paris […]

Continue Reading

Vaux-Le-Vicomte At The Movies!

Vaux-Le-Vicomte At The Movies!

Written by on October 9, 2018 in News

This year, once again, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening to the public,  Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, less than an hour from Paris, has opened its doors for a unique behind-the-scenes experience into the magic of movie making — with something for everyone. A fairytale castle and gardens: the most beautiful film set […]

Continue Reading

Dieppe Kite Festival, Normandy

Dieppe Kite Festival, Normandy

Written by on September 12, 2018 in News

The Dieppe Kite Festival is colourful, dynamic and has a big dollop of international flavour. Energising the city of Dieppe on the Normandy’s Alabaster coast, it’s a fabulous, fun and fascinating festival. Dieppe Kite Festival Every two years, eight hectares of land, between the city and the sea, forming a kind of natural amphitheatre, is […]

Continue Reading

La Piscine Museum Roubaix undergoes a renovation

Along with a small group of French journalists I recently had the unique experience of a behind-the-scenes exclusive look at the ongoing expansion work of La Piscine Museum, site of a former municipal swimming pool in an Art Deco building on the outskirts of the northern city of Lille. Located in the town of Roubaix […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top