Surroundings

The Department of Cantal is situated in the south of the Auvergne. The volcanic area (the largest in Europe) with the “Monts du Cantal” dissolves into large plains where rivers flow. From Besse there is a lovely view of the Monts du Cantal, where the highest mountains are the Puy Mary (1787 m) and the Puy Violent (1594 m).

img 011Around the mountainous area there are many picturesque villages, castles, country houses, fortifications and ruins. The Medieval fortress town of Salers, which was built from lavastone, is definitely worth a visit.

You can also find great many Roman churches and chapels here. Often, they have square belfries and portals on the south side, directed towards the sun.

Saint Martin Cantalès has a smal church from the XIIth century with a remarquable Roman portal.

The Cantal is a rural area where many farmers still raise cattle, the local brand being "Salers". The cows are a reddish brown and have beautiful horns and dominate the landscape. Besides the Cantal-cheese, the Salers-cheese is specific for this area. There are many cheese-making farms to visit.

All year round there are lots of small markets (selling local produce), cattle markets, jumble sales and village parties to go to.

The railway was built between 1882 and 1887 by the French, the Swiss and the Italians. Since 1994 the railway is no longer in use but the overpasses are still present in the landscape.

The hydro dam was built between 1946 and 1951. When the dam was finished, the incoming water filled the lake and the bridge Pont du Rouffet was flooded.

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One of the campers (Danny) has filmed the surroundings of the campsite from a drone. To watch the images, please copy the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s4nwGY_sp0

 

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