Top 6 things to do in Montpeyroux

Visiter Montpeyroux : plus beaux villages de France

Would you like to visit Montpeyroux in the Puy-de-Dôme? Then check out the 6 must-see things to do in France’s most beautiful village!

Located in the Puy-de-Dôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Montpeyroux is one of France’s most famous villages. This magnificent perched village is famous for its high tower dating back to the 13th century. Overlooking the village, it offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Montpeyroux is also famous for the stone once quarried here: arkose. Its warm blond hue can be found in many of the region’s buildings, including the abbey church in Issoire. This beautiful village can be explored through narrow streets that follow the curves of the different levels, which are linked by charming staircases. Montpeyroux’s architecture and culture are also marked by the cultivation of vines. And travelers will be able to enjoy a glass of wine between two beautiful walks in the region. Would you like to discover this picturesque Auvergne village? Follow the guide to visit Montpeyroux!

1. Notre-Dame Church, in the heart of the village

Eglise de Montpeyroux

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Built between 1846 and 1847, this beautiful church is at the heart of the village. If you’re visiting Montpeyroux, this is the place to start your walk. Built in arkose, its neo-Romanesque architecture bears witness to the rediscovery of this style in the 19th century. It reproduces the layout of the great pilgrimage churches of Basse-Auvergne. Nearby, you’ll find other must-sees in Montpeyroux: Place Joseph Pérol, Maison La Kasbah and Espace Arkose. The latter features a collection of tools and images relating to the exploitation of Montpeyroux arkose.

You can also admire the 14th-century Fortified Gate. This is one of the remains of the ramparts that once surrounded the castle and medieval village.

2. The medieval keep of Montpeyroux

Donjon médiéval de Montpeyroux

Photo credit: Issoire Tourisme

If you come to visit Montpeyroux, you won’t want to miss its ancient medieval castle. Overlooking this hilltop village, this master tower dates back to the 12th century. It is also built of arkose. At the top, you’ll find a platform protected by a parapet walk and a crenellated wall. Up there, you’ll enjoy a 360° view over the region. You can see the nearby village of Coudes, the Chaîne des Puys to the west and north-west, and the Allier valley to the south.

3. The fortified enclosure

Enceinte fortifiée de Montpeyroux

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Valery Shanin

All around the Donjon, you can admire other remnants of Montpeyroux’s fortifications. Travelers will discover towers, loopholes and vaulted passageways, remnants of the ancient walls protecting the village. You’ll also enjoy superb views of the Château de Buron, the parent village and the Comté volcano.

After this visit, don’t forget to go down to the Place de la Croix du Bras to admire the Maison Vigneronne. Then it’s time to explore the rest of the village. Lookouts can be found everywhere, such as at Montée des Romains.

4. La Carrière de l’Hume

Carrière de pierres Arkose, Montpeyroux

Photo credit: Papou Poustache

Below the village, you can discover the last arkose stone quarrying site, shut down around 1930-1935. If you’re visiting Montpeyroux, be sure to stop by. You’ll see a restored old winch, a loading dock and traces of stone cutting.

5. Montpeyroux hiking trails

Visiter Montpeyroux : randonnées

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Valery Shanin

Not far from the Carrière de l’Hume is the village’s Espace Culturel and Tourist Office. This is also the starting point for two of Montpeyroux’s hiking trails.

The first, « sur le chemin de l’arkose », lasts 2.5 hours and covers 8.5 kilometers. This easy trail takes you around Montpeyroux, past the Allier river, Château de Chadieu and Roche de Gournier.

The second is shorter and takes you to the village of Montpeyroux, near the Château de Chadieu and the « Les Rochettes » climbing site.

6. Local must-sees

Issoire, France

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If you’ve already had a good look around Montpeyroux, perhaps you’d like to take a tour of the surrounding area. The perched village is surrounded by many other wonders to discover during your stay in the Auvergne. These include :

  • Admire and cross the Coudes Suspension Bridge;
  • Visit the nearby town of Vic-le-Comte and admire its superb Saint-Pierre church;
  • Enjoy a wide range of sporting activities at Crapa’hutte, near Issoire ;
  • Discover the charming town ofIssoire, famous for its Saint-Austremoine d’Issoire church, one of the five major Romanesque churches in Auvergne;
  • Visit the village ofUsson, also listed!

How do I get to Montpeyroux?

Montpeyroux lies south of Clermont-Ferrand, between the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne and Livradois-Forez. The town of Issoire also lies to the south of the village. Fortunately, it’s easy to reach this beautiful village from the latter two destinations, whether by train, bike or car.

  • By train: to get to Auvergne, you’ll obviously need to go to Clermont-Ferrand. The town is served by an Intercités line from Paris, a TER line from Lyon or by bus from Bourges. From Clermont-Ferrand, you can then take a local TER to visit Montpeyroux. The journey takes just 50 minutes: 20 minutes to the Parent-Coudes station, then 30 minutes on foot to the village.
  • By car: to discover this beautiful French region easily, we recommend you come by car or by bike. If you’re coming by car, you can take the A75 from Clermont-Ferrand. The freeway passes not far from Montpeyroux. The journey takes just 25 minutes. From Lyon, take the A89 to Clermont-Ferrand. From Montpellier or Béziers, travelers can also take the A75 to Auvergne. The journey takes just 3 hours from Montpellier and two hours from Lyon.

Where to stay in Montpeyroux?

If you’re planning a visit to Montpeyroux, you’re bound to wonder where to stay. Fortunately, the village has no shortage of accommodation options. You can opt for a charming gîte, a guest house or a flower-filled campsite, all of which can be booked via a hotel comparator. You can also choose to stay with a local thanks to the Airbnb platform.

Map of hotels and accommodation – Occitanie