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Le Puy-en-Velay

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Located to the south-east of the Massif Central, this town is renowned for its cathedral and the narrow little side streets leading to it, its pedestrianised areas (such as the Place du Plot and the Place des Tables) and the Fontaines du Choriste fountains, making for true picture-postcard surroundings.

To see

You should first go to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame du Puy, which is a perfect example of Roman art. You will admire the incredible bell as well as the Black Virgin on the altar. Puy-en-Velay also has other building that make up the city's heritage, such as the Hôtel-Dieu, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another site is the Rocher Corneille ('Corneille Rock') with its statue of Notre-Dame-de-France, the second largest statue in the world, and its breathtaking view over the city.

To do

A stroll through the old town to admire the beauty of the walls and the buildings. All culture lovers will be delighted when visiting the Crozatier Museum, which not only has a collection of artistic and archaeological work but also rooms reserved for natural science and lace work. It is a very interesting museum to visit with the family since, being so diverse, there is something for everyone!
As for nature lovers, they will enjoy taking a stroll through the garden paths of Henri Vinay, an enchanting park with an impressive wealth of vegetation that includes more than 400 different species of trees.

pros

  • +  The extraordinary landscapes.
  • +  The magnificent architecture.
  • +  The Old Town.
  • +  The cultural and historical heritage.
  • +  The proximity to some bigger cities.

cons

  • -  The lack of entertainment for the younger crowd.
  • -  The lack of public transport
  • -  Few shops
  • -  The very low temperatures in winter.

To think about

Head to the Verveine du Velay Pagès distillery to learn all of the production secrets of the famous liquor.
ZA Laprade ? Avenue René Descartes. 43700 Saint-Germain-Laprade.
You should also try to visit the Polignac Fortress only three miles from Puy-en-Velay. It is a remarkable tourist destination that offers stunning views of the region. It is possible to go on tours and visits of the fortress.

To avoid

Those who like their nightlife should choose a different destination, since Puy-en-Velay offers very little entertainment. On top of that, there aren't many shops.

To try

One of the specialties of Puy-en-Valey is green lentils, with dishes such as salt pork with lentils, lentil salad, lentil soup, etc.
You could also try sarassou, which is a very sour cheese preparation similar to cream cheese. It is widely used in the local dishes.

To bring back

If you are a cheese lover, you can find regional cheeses such as fourme d'Yssingeaux, Montbriac or even Tomme Le Valey in the market of Yssingeaux.
Other souvenirs include Verveine du Velay, a liqueur made with verbena (a plant known around the world), which is perfect at the end of a meal!

Weather Le Puy-en-Velay

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Le Puy-en-Velay . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Le Puy-en-Velay so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Le Puy-en-Velay , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather July
Overall rating 76/100
  • Temperature indicators 88% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 62% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 64% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Wind indicators 70% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 76% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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