Cantal Mountains Road Trip Itinerary
The Cantal Mountains Road Trip is a 213 km route that starts in Saint Flour and ends in Salers, both in France. The best time of the year to drive this route is from April to October, when you can enjoy the stunning views of the Cantal Mountains. Along the way, you can stop in Murat and Aurillac and explore the attractions each town has to offer. The road conditions are generally good, although there are some narrow and curvy roads and seasonal road closures due to weather conditions may occur. This road trip is suitable for all drivers and can be managed with a moderate budget. It is a great way to experience the beauty of the Cantal Mountains and create lasting memories.
Distance 213 km
Driving time 4.7 h
Saint Flour is a charming commune in the Cantal department in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. It is the perfect starting point for the Cantal Mountains Road Trip. It is known for its breathtaking views of the countryside, its peaceful atmosphere, and its historical and cultural heritage.
The town features many interesting sights including the 11th-century Notre Dame du Port Church, the 12th-century Saint-Pierre Church, and the Château de Val. There are also several museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée de la Préhistoire de Saint-Flour.
The closest international airport to Saint Flour is the Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport (CFE). Car rentals are available at this airport, making it easy to get around Saint Flour and the surrounding area.
Saint Flour is an excellent starting point for the Cantal Mountains Road Trip. With its stunning views, peaceful atmosphere, and historic and cultural landmarks, it is sure to be a memorable part of your journey.
Distance 107 km
Driving time 2.7 h
Your road trip starts in Saint Flour, France, and takes you through the beautiful towns of Alleuze and Pierrefort before ending in Murat. This 107 km journey takes just under three hours to complete, and you'll be rewarded with views of stunning scenery and historical sites along the way.
The road is winding in some sections and has steep ramps, so make sure you take extra care when driving. In other sections, the roads are narrow, so keep an eye out for other drivers. Some sections of the route may also be closed seasonally, so double check before you set off.
You'll have plenty to see during your journey. In Alleuze, make sure to visit the historic castle ruins, while Pierrefort is known for its stunning views of the countryside. Finally, Murat is home to a beautiful Gothic church and a large public square.
For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the itinerary for this stage. Enjoy your road trip!
Distance 49 km
Driving time 0.8 h
Embark on an exciting road trip from Murat to Aurillac, passing through Vic sur Cère! This 49 km-long journey will take you less than 1 hour of driving. As you drive, you will be delighted by the historical sites, scenic roads, and the beautiful countryside of the region.
Start your journey in Murat, the charming medieval town with cobbled streets and quaint architecture. Don’t forget to visit the Notre-Dame-de-Murat church and the archaeological museum.
Continue your journey to Vic sur Cère, a picturesque village located on the banks of the Cère river. Explore the historic centre and the 12th century castle. If you’re looking for some adventure, you can also go canoeing or fishing.
Finally, you will reach Aurillac, the capital of the Cantal department. Visit the old town and admire the impressive castle of the Dukes of Aurillac. Don’t forget to take a stroll around the Place de la République, one of the most beautiful squares in the region.
For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!
Distance 57 km
Driving time 1.1 h
Embark on a road trip adventure from Aurillac to Salers, a 57 km journey that will take you less than 2 hours. This is one of the most scenic routes in France, with plenty of historical sites and breathtaking views along the way.
Pay close attention to the winding roads, steep ramps, and narrow sections of the route, as some sections may be closed seasonally. You will be able to admire the rolling hills, lush forests, and rugged mountains of the region.
Be sure to visit the Château de Salers, a 12th-century castle that stands atop a rocky hill. You can also explore the Medieval town of Salers and its cobblestone streets. On the way, you can stop at the picturesque village of Saint-Cirgues-de-Jordanne, with its old stone houses and beautiful churches.
For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!
The Cantal Mountains Road Trip is finally coming to an end, and with it, the charming town of Salers. This small commune in the Auvergne region of France is a great place to end your adventure through the mountain roads. Salers is known for its picturesque medieval streets and its rustic charm.
Once you arrive in Salers, be sure to visit the Château de Salers, an impressive 12th century castle. The castle is open for tours, and is a great way to learn about the history of the region. Afterward, you can explore the old town center, where you can find a variety of local restaurants, shops and art galleries.
For those who want to stay the night, Salers has a variety of accommodation options. From traditional hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, there is something for everyone.
If you are traveling to Salers by car, the closest international airport is Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport (CFE). It is located about 90 km away from Salers.
End your road trip in Salers, and enjoy the rustic charm of this small commune in the Auvergne region of France. With its medieval streets and its variety of accommodation options, Salers is the perfect spot to wrap up your Cantal Mountains Road Trip.
Cantal Mountains Road Trip at a glance
Le Puy-Loudes Airport (LPY),
Aurillac Airport (AUR)
When to drive:
May, June, July, August, September, October
More info you can find in the "Itinerary" section at each stage.