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The Chaîne des Puys

Looking to discover exceptional geological formations? Come and explore the Chaîne des Puys with its volcanoes, theme parks, events and more.

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The Chaîne des Puys is a chain of more than 80 volcanoes, running from north to south. The volcano range is 45 km long, with a width ranging from 3 to 5 km. The volcanoes are relatively young: with the first eruption taking place 95,000 years ago and the most recent one just 8,600 years ago. The highest point along the Chaîne des Puys is the Puy de Dome (1,465 m).

The Chaîne des Puys – Limagne Fault “tectonic arena” was granted UNESCO World Heritage status on July 2, 2018. It is the first natural site of mainland France to be included on the list.

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A UNESCO World Heritage site

The Chaîne des Puys - Limagne Rift was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status on 2nd July 2018.

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Discover the Puy de Dôme

Peaking at 1465 m, the Puy de Dome is the jewel of the Chaîne des Puys and a member of the Grand Site de France network. Climb to the top either on foot or aboard the panoramic train. At the summit, discover the Temple of Mercury, the Clermont Observatory of Terrestrial Physics and a wide choice of activities.