Clermont-Ferrand - Saint-Etienne - Lyon : A volcanic atmosphere
From the volcanoes of Auvergne to the foothills of the Alps, prepare to experience unforgettable locations! At the foot of volcanoes and in a natural setting that will take your breath away, in Clermont-Ferrand, famed around the world for the Aventure Michelin museum, its short films festival and for being the capital of rock, you really run the risk of getting caught up in the city’s love of rugby. At the same time, discover Saint-Etienne, a city of culture, designers and football. Don’t forget to take a gastronomic detour to Lyon and its “bouchons”, traditional restaurants.
The city has been indisputably marked by Michelin which bequeathed it a remarkable restored industrial heritage. For adventurous types, it will be possible to ascend to the summit of the Puy de Dôme on a rack railway from June 2012. Clermont-Ferrand is also defined by its Gothic cathedral and its Romanesque Notre Dame du Port basilica, which are really worth a visit before wandering through the city centre.
What to see
- Aventure Michelin
A museum display presents the Michelin group: its history, its business – and its symbolic mascot the Michelin Man
- Vulcania leisure park and the Puys range
Some dozen kilometres from the city, head off to discover the fascinating world of volcanoes, in the staggering setting of the Puys range
- Centre national du costume de Scène (National Centre for Set Costume)
Costumes for the theatre, opera or even painted scenery rub shoulders in Moulins, in a unique French museum dedicated to the performing arts.
The city of Saint-Etienne has to be discovered through its streets, its trendy locations and its designer shops. Take the time to taste the chocolate specialities of this city, and discover the collections of the 3 major museums in the city (Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de la Mine, and the bicycle, ribbon and arms collections at the Musée d'Art et d’Industrie). Dynamic, innovative and highly cultured, the city has an extraordinary profile with exemplary architectural creations like the Cité du Design and the Zénith.
What to see
- Cité du Design
Events, exhibitions... design for everyone on a historical Saint-Etienne site, the former Manufacture des Armes
- Le Corbusier site, in Firminy
The largest architectural complex by Le Corbusier in Europe, a leading architect of the exciting modern and designer town planning movement.
The visit starts in Vieux Lyon with its buildings and interior courtyards which give this district its remarkable spirit. Follow the mural route, in trompe l’oeil style, including Le Mur des Canuts, the largest fresco in Europe. After taking a detour via the Parc de la Tête d’Or rose garden and visiting the Institut Lumière, a living cinema museum, the pedestrian banks of the Rhône and their barge bars are the perfect end to a busy day.
What to see
- Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) district
At the foot of the Fourvière hill, bordered by the Saône, criss-cross the alleyways and the famous traboule passageways of the Renaissance St-Jean district.
Magical illuminations and contemporary shows are on the programme for this event, held around 8 December every year.
Not far from Bourg-en-Bresse, this 16th-century masterpiece includes a remarkable complex of religious buildings.
Passion for creation
From short films to fashion. From design to dance. From gastronomy to music. From Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand, passing through Saint- Etienne, creations can be found in every possible form. In each of these cities, be on the lookout for today’s inspirations that will become the trends of tomorrow. In Clermont-Ferrand at the beginning of every year, its festival uncovers new talent in short films. In Lyon, stop off at the Village des Créateurs and don’t miss its biennial festivals of dance and contemporary art. Another unmissable site: the Cité du Design in Saint-Etienne, which presents the International Design Biennial from 12 to 31 March 2013.
January-February: Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand
June/July: Les traversées Noirlac music festival
Nuits Sonores festival, Lyon
Les Nuits de Fourvière, festival in Lyon
June/August: Tarentaise festival of music and Baroque art - Savoie
July: The multidisciplinary Festival of the 7 Hills in Saint-Etienne
Messiaen au Pays de la Meije festival
L’Estival de la Bâtie
August: Chaise-Dieu Festival in le Puy-en-Velay
September/October: Ambronay Baroque Festival
December: Festival of Lights in Lyon
Exceptional cultural sites
1 The Michelin Adventure (museum)
2 Vulcania Park
3 Centre national du costume de scène (National Centre for Set Costume)
4 Cité du Design - Saint-Etienne
5 Le Corbusier site in Firminy
6 Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) district
7 Festival of Lights - Lyon
8 Royal Monastery of Brou
9 Gothic cathedral and the Romanes basilica of Notre-Dame du Port at Clermont-Ferrand
10 Puy-en-Velay cathedral
11 Château de Voltaire in Ferney
12 Briançon fortifications
13 Mont Dauphin stronghold
14 Peaugres Manor