Tourism and activities in Auvergne, discovery of Vichy and Allier
Where to eat in the Allier?
In order to make your stay even more pleasant we would like to recommend three restaurants which will enable you to discover Auvergne restaurants:
L’Auberge du Pont
Take the time for a romantic break and enhance your stay with a refined and gourmet dinner at the Auberge du Pont 5 minutes from Saint Alyre (1 Bib gourmand Michelin guide).
Overlooking the Allier, this restaurant is well-situated, very élégant and offers délicate cuisine.
Le Château du Bost
Enjoy the subtle and original cuisine of the Château du Bost, Castle and Hotel Collection, about twenty kilometers from Saint Alyre …
La Maison DECORET
We also recommend the Maison DECORET, a michelin starred restaurant, which invites you to a refined gastronomic experience in Auvergne.
In the heart of Vichy a few steps from the Opera, the restaurant, nestled in a brick townhouse dating from 1857, this is a chic setting, perfect for savoring the modern and delicate cuisine of Chef Jacques DECORET, Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 1996 and Michlin Starred Chef since 2000.
Vichy, city of culture and history
Only 15 minutes from the Château de Saint Alyre, the city of Vichy reveals its many facets. On the banks of the Allier, near the Bourbon mountains, Vichy is a town in the Department of Allier and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which, through nice walks, offers cultural and historical treasures. The Vichy Opera House, a listed monument is a marvel of Art Nouveau, with its golden and yellow colors and its majestic dome and it now welcomes nearly 1,400 spectators. The Casino de Vichy, in the spa district, is an example of neoclassical architecture from the mid-19th century, later decorated with Art Deco buildings. The Couvent des Célestins, in the Parc des Célestins, built in the 15th century has been recently renovated and restored to full bloom. The beautiful parks – the Parc des Célestins, Kennedy Park, Parc Napoléon III – are also worth a visit for pleasant breaks at any time of the day. Treat yourself to some strolls along emblematic streets, to discover the architecture, particularly the different eras that have shaped the city: Alquié Street, fashioned in London style or the Avenue Aristide Briand, the boulevard des Etats-Unis with the elegant, colonial-style chalets, private residences of the Emperor
Treat yourself to a gourmet break in the tea room Le Fidèle Berger, symbolic place of the city and steeped in history, which offers a special welcome to guests of the Château de Saint-Alyre. Brasserie, café, tea room and pastry shop, Le Fidèle Berger has kept its old-fashioned charm of the Belle Epoque, in which we take pleasure in the time to enjoy a morning coffee, a meal at noon or a delicious pastry accompanied by a hot beverage…
Le Fidèle Berger – 24 Président Wilson Street
Vichy, city of well-being
Vichy, thermal city of great fame, is since Antiquity, a place prized for the quality of its hot and cold springs and its numerous thermal establishments which were born during the regular cures of Emperor Napoleon III and his family.
Do not miss the Hall of Sources, a colourful metal building, in the purest tradition of Art Nouveau, where you can taste the six sources of the city, used during thermal cures. Renowned for its benefits for digestive disorders and joint pains, hydrotherapy continues to bring visitors throughout the year, who enjoy a moment of relaxation in one of the many establishments of the city, around the Park of the Sources.
Admire the original Moorish style of the iconic Grand Etablissement Thermal, built in the late nineteenth century, which now houses the spa center of the Domes. Treat yourself to a relaxing and revitalizing stay in this region dedicated to well-being! Also enjoy the spa of the castle of Saint Alyre, close to your room or apartment!
Vichy, city of Sport
A major French sporting hub, Vichy has many infrastructures that make it an ideal playground for amateurs: the racecourse, the Pierre Coulon sports ground and the water sports area suitable for practicing a great many water sports (rowing, sailing , windsurfing, canoeing, rafting …).
There are many sporting events throughout the year. Among the best races in the world, the Vichy Iron Man is held every year at the end of August. An unmissable event for fans of extreme races!
Le PAL: family getaways!
30 minutes from the castle of Saint Alyre, in the heart of the Allier, PAL is an amusement park and animal that welcomes every year many tourists!
With family or friends, treat yourself to a day of fun and excitement, thanks to 27 attractions (several roller coasters, flying chairs and thrilling rides, 3D cinema) and nearly 700 animals on 50 hectares.
In the plains of Africa, reserves and enclosures, felines, elephants, hippopotamuses, ostriches, giraffes, zebras and alligators and many others amaze the visitors! Complement your PAL visit with shows of parrots, raptors and sea lions, as well as snacks of animals commented by park caretakers.
Natural discoveries and sports activities
A few minutes drive from the Château de Saint Alyre, the Montagne Bourbonnaise will be the ideal place for walks in the countryside. With nearly 400 km of marked trails, this playground, in the heart of the Allier and Auvergne, is suitable for all levels, for young and old.
North of Moulins, about 90 km from the castle, the forest of Tronçais reveals mysteries and legends. Spread over almost 11 hectares, this imposing massif of the Allier is an ideal playground for the whole family. Treat yourself to a moment of discovery in the heart of nature and admire the oaks that look down on you from 40 meters high and more than 300 years of history!
Discover the landscapes of the Auvergne, for two, with family or friends, in an original way: A bike in the countryside offers bike rentals (classic or electric) and routes of 18 km to 58 km around Charroux , one of the most beautiful villages in France. Accompanied or independent outings, discovery tours and offers for groups: there will be something for all tastes and all levels to admire the landscapes on the border of Puy-de-Dôme and Allier.
The Chaîne des Puys and the volcanoes of Auvergne
1 hour from the castle of Saint Alyre, the Chaîne des Puys, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands proudly in the Regional Natural Park of the Auvergne Volcanoes. Crossed by the hiking trail of the GR4, it brings together nearly 80 peaks of volcanoes, among which the Puy-de-Dôme, which culminates 1465 meters, which offers hiking routes and a cog railway to reach the summit and you offer an exceptional view. The famous mountain resorts of Auvergne, are then a few tens of kilometers: summer or winter, treat yourself to a breath of fresh air reviving at Mont-Dore, Bourboule or Super-Besse!
Enjoy a unique experience, in the heart of Auvergne volcanoes, just an hour’s drive from the castle: go to Vulcania, amusement park and exploration that takes you to discover the volcanoes. Through workshops, rides and scenography, become an adventurer, the time of a day, rich in emotions!
Cultural discoveries in Allier
6 km from the castle of Saint Alyre, another castle stands in the Bresbe valley: the Château de Lapalisse offers guided tours to discover its Renaissance and Gothic architecture and the various tapestries that tell the story of the Chabannes family, owner of the place since 1430.
History enthusiasts will appreciate this major monument of the Allier, the Romanesque church of Châtel-Montagne, a treasure of Romanesque art. Erected in the 12th century, it belonged to the famous Cluniac priory and is classified as a historical monument.
Escapade in Clermont-Ferrand
A day in Clermont-Ferrand, 70 km from the castle of Saint Alyre will be the opportunity to discover the capital of Auvergne, which is revealed time for a getaway: admire the Gothic cathedral Our Lady of the Assumption in stone volcanic, stroll through the medieval district of Montferrand and the Place de Jaude and treat yourself to a relaxing moment at the Thermes de Royat, a few steps from the city centre.