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The tourist office of Haut Pays du Velay with its 8 villages Dunières, Montfaucon, Montregard, Raucoules, Riotord, St Bonnet le Froid, St Julien Molhesabate and St Romain Lachalm are glad to welcome you . Discover our Territory, there are variety of things to see and to do; range of activities ; leisure sports and events, nature, gastronomy, legacy of the past. Our Territory offers a range of accommodations: B&Bs , self-catering establishments and cosy hotels.
Enjoy your stay.
“Velorail “– DUNIERES Departure at Dunières former Railway station (SNCF). Come and discover this recent created activity. It’s on a 19 century historical and totally restored 8 km long track, fully secured. A Rail Bike is a craft which has been specially designed to drive on railway track. 2 persons ride pedaling and 2 other persons sit in the back .(2 adults either 3 children). It’s an original outdoor family activity , which gives a fantastic occasion to discover our gentle rolling hills and landscape. This activity takes about 1h15 to 1h30. Ready to start and to have some good sensations ! For example on this long descent , you will get through a dark and curvy tunnel, you will cross a high bridge « le viaduct » which has been build over Dunières. Should you require further details: 06-30-86-00-64
GREENWAYS “Tracolline Velay Forez”. Another way to discover nature and villages. It’s an easy tarmac path where you can walk, bike, mountainbiking, go rollerblading, skiing, go snowshoeing. Users: families, disabled people, athletes. This regained activity has made all users happy. In a mountainous scenery this former railway road, has been restored and offers 10 Km tar road for various outdoor activities. Families, friends will enjoy discovering various sceneries and, places of outstanding beauty they will also be delighted to breathe pure air and exercice in a family atmosphere along Tracolline Velay Forez.
Open all the year. Long, free access
|Information: Tourist Board: 04.71.59.95.73|
Mountainbike and roller rentals
Mme Gouit 04.71.75.30.67 ou 06.88.86.35.19
Dunières 06 30 86 00 64
With the narrow gauge tourist railway of” Voies Ferrées du Velay”, you can travel though meadows and forests. You will discover the large and wonderful spaces of the table-land “Vivarais -Lignon” with in the distance the “Forez Mounts”, the “Mézenc” and the “Gerbier de Jonc”. Travelling at the slow pace of old trains, you will feel “out of time” and enjoy a now rare and experience pleasure, the harmony between man and the landscape. information: Tourist Board: 04.71.59.95.73
TWith the narrow gauge tourist railway of” Velay Express”, you can travel though meadows and forests. You will discover the large and wonderful spaces of the table-land “Vivarais -Lignon” with in the distance the “Forez Mounts”, the “Mézenc” and the “Gerbier de Jonc”. Travelling at the slow pace of old trains, you will feel “out of time” and enjoy a now rare and experience pleasure, the harmony between man and the landscape.
For more information Tourist Board: 04.71.59.95.73
Our region has many existing and planned hiking and mountainbike trails. The tourist Board “Haut Pays du Velay” has a short walks guide “le Haut Pays du Velay à pied”, with walks starting from each of the 8 communes. There are also a lot of long distance walks, in particular the St Jacques de Compostelle (Genève - Le Puy en Velay) and St François Régis (Haute Loire / Ardèche). Some signposted paths for mountain bikes are also available from the Tourist Board. For more information Tourist Board: 04.71.59.95.73 Or At www.respirando.fr
DISCOVERY PATHWAY In each of our 8 villages, we created 8 short distance walks. All along these walks you will get various explanations about history, legends, industry and architecture. Suitable for families with children (only french explanation) , easy to go. For more information Tourist Board: 04.71.59.95.73
You can fish in Riotord, there is a pond for trout fishing, for more information: 04 71 61 91 52 There are different rivers in the area where you can fish, for example: la Dunière, Trifoulou, ..
St Bonnet le Froid: min 1 150 m max 1 300 m. For more information contact the tourist Board: 04 71 65 64 41 www.vacances-neige-auvergne.fr
DUNIÈRES : indoor swimming pool. Phone 04 71 61 97 16 TENCE : outdoor swimming pool. Phone 04 71 59 82 85 MONISTROL : indoor swimming. Phone 08 10 00 08 21
DAM OF LAVALETTE : This site offers sailing facilities with the French Sailing School, lessons as well as pedal boat, windsurfing… you can swim. Children’s play area, picnic area, café, snack bar. For more information: phone 04 71 59 38 06
RAUCOULES Discotheque- Dancing Les Cimes: 04 71 59 93 2’l
DUNIÈRES Cinema « Le Maubourg » : 04 71 66 86 24
MONTFAUCON : clog maker: 04 71 59 97 01 open all the year
MONTREGARD: St Régis calvary and view point: you will discover marvellous views of the « sucs of Yssingeaux» and the « Mount Mezenc ». ST-BONNET-LE-FROID: Panoramic view of the Ardèche Valley (Vocance and Doux Valleys) and the Velay plateau ST JULIEN-MOLHESABATE: At the top of Mount Felletin, you will have the opportunity to see a marvellous sunrise, particulary at the summer and winter solstice. Panoramic view of the Rhône Valley and the Alpes.
ART AND HERITAGE
MONTFAUCON’S TWELVE AUTHENTIATED FLEMMISCH PAINTING FROM 16TH CENTURY 1592. The whole collection was classified by the french historic monuments on the 30th of October 1914. The painter Abel Grimmer has been inspired by painters as Adriaen Collaert’s, Breugel and Hans Bol. They are painted on wooden panels and they deal with two themes: a religious and a profane one. Possibility to visit the collection :in Notre Dame Chapel in Montfaucon en Velay. Open all year round
MONTREGARD : Marcoux Castle ( XVI° century), this castle is the old residence of Louise de Romezin, a Protestant who was converted to Catholicism by St Jean François Régis. This castle has been entirely restored and is opens in July and August. Should you require further details : 04 77 33 85 65 You can also rent rooms in the castle for private functions.
DUNIERES : This Romanesque church has been classified and listed by French Historical Monuments. This Church is unique in the Velay with 3 naves of equal heights. Guided tours only by appointment. For more information: 04 71 59 95 73 MONTFAUCON : Notre Dame’ Chapel is built in the neogotic style and has been restored in 1999. RIOTORD : Nave dates of the 11th century. This church is famous for its Bible scenes which have been listed by Historic Monuments. CLAVAS: was a Cistercian Abbey, The site is famous for its pilgrimages at Whitsuntide Pentecost and on Saint Austrogésile’s day. This abbey is known for its baroque altar of the 18th century which has been listed by Historic Monuments. Guided tours week ends in July and August, and by appointment all year round. For more information: 04.71.75.36.31
Greeters are people who love their village so much that they volunteer to show their village to visitors. Not as a guide, but more like a newly met friend! Greeters are not professional guides. If you want to meet a greeter contact tourist board 04-71-59-95-73
MONTFAUCON EN VELAY : on wednesday morning DUNIERES-RIOTORD : on Friday morning ST ROMAIN LACHALM : on Friday evening in july and august « producer market”
Local producer offer a variety of products : various cheeses, strawberries, raspberries, honey, meat…You can enjoy our products in our restaurant or buy directly from producers. All our products are waiting to be tasted ! For more information: bonetbienmanger.fr
Our cooks will give you the opportunity to appreciate our local product. Taste its authentic flavor . Discover a creative traditional cooking with its local flavours. Restaurant on www.otmontfaucon.fr
Whatever you chooce as accomodation: hotel, gîte de France, holiday apartment, bed and breakfast, we know that you will have a friendly welcome from your host. You will enjoy your stay. The variety and the quality of our accomodations ensure that you have an enjoyable stay there. Discover our wide choice of rented accomodations: www.otmontfaucon.fr
Tourist Board :33 Rue Centrale, 43290 MONTFAUCON EN VELAY, phone : 04.71.59.95.73, Email : email@example.com www.otmontfaucon.fr Tourist Board : Le bourg, 43290 ST BONNET LE FROID, phone: 04.71.65.64.41 www.saintbonnetlefroid.com
High-season _ Monday-Saturday: 9.00 am – 12.00 am and 2 pm – 6pm Sunday: 9am – 12am Off-season _ Monday-Friday 9.00am – 12.00 am and 1.30 pm – 5.30pm Saturday: 9.00 am – 12.00
Lundi au Vendredi :
9h00 à 12h00 - 13h30 à 17h30
Samedi : 9h00 à 12h00