Volcanic by its nature, volcanic by its culture, Clermont-Ferrand nurtures a close relationship with the dormant volcanoes. It was through them that the city came to life in faraway times…
Clermont-Ferrand is the natural gateway to the vast Massif Central territory and has a strategic position in the centre of France at the crossroads of Europe.
The capital of the Auvergne region has exceptional surroundings, between the Puys Mountain Range and its volcanoes, majestically overlooked by the famous Puy de Dôme, and the former battlefield of Gergovia where Vercingétorix defeated Cæsar. At Vulcania, Europe’s only Park on Volcanism, your heart will beat to the rhythm of the Universe.
To the North are the fertile cereals plains of the Limagne; to the East, the sun rises over the wooded mountains of the Livradois-Forez, highlighting their remarkable beauty.
People from the Auvergne and from further afield have together constructed the twenty-one “communes” (districts) which make up Clermont Auvergne Métropole, which is today one of the twenty leading urban communities in France.
Its pioneers, wishing to promote industry, founded Michelin, the Bibendum multinational, whose famous guides open up the world to so many tourists.
Clermont-Ferrand is the natural gateway to the vast territory of the Massif Central,
and has a strategic position in the centre of France at the crossroads of Europe.
The Auvergne metropolis is strong on imagination. Clermont-Ferrand has become
the world capital of the short film industry,
and hosts one of the four leading festivals in France.