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Auvergne Auvergne Region


 Auvergne  Region




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The Auvergne Region is one of the 26 regions of France. The current administrative region of Auvergne is larger than the historical province of Auvergne, and includes provinces and areas that historically were not part of Auvergne. The Auvergne region is composed of the following old provinces: Auvergne, Bourbonnais, Velay, a small part of Gévaudan, a small part of Vivarais and a small part of Forez.

The region contains many volcanoes, although the last confirmed eruption was around 6,000 years ago, and most have eroded away leaving plugs of unerupted hardened magma that form rounded hilltops known as puys. In the region surrounding Clermont-Ferrand, the highest mountain is 1,885m (6,180ft). From north to south the terrain becomes flatter and rockier. The Auvergne is 25 % woodland, 45 % grassland, 20 % arable land and 10 % other uses (including urban areas). The region is predominantly agricultural with tourism slowly becoming more important. Cows are much in evidence and are used both for meat and for milk, which is made into a number of well known cheeses: Bleu d'Auvergne, Cantal, Fourme d'Ambert and Saint-Nectaire.

 See our Self-guided trips in the Auvergne Region, on the Way of St James