A two-day break
Clermont-Ferrand is recognized as a city rich in both art and history. The four nearby campanile hotels, Hotel Campanile Clermont-Ferrand Le Brézet , Hotel Campanile Clermont-Ferrand Sud Aubière, Hotel Campanile Clermont Ferrand Nord Riom and Hotel Campanile Clermont-Ferrand Sud Issoire range from 4km to 25km in distance from the centre of the city, so you can choose which location suits you best. Most of the city’s architecture is built with pierre de volvic, a volcanic stone which is mined from the nearby Chaine des Puys. A must-see is the Roman Notre-Dame du Port Basilica which was constructed in the 12th century to replace an older church which had been destroyed. It is comprised of a number of stone chapels which have been named on UNESCO’s world heritage list. The Saint Laurent church is today hidden amongst the city's buildings but is a true gem. Other important sights to see are the Monteffrand historic quarter- especially its “Elephant House” -, the old centre city that surrounds the Place de la Victoire, and the 48 public fountains which are located throughout the city. Lastly, you can’t stop by Clermont-Ferrand without paying a visit to the Michelin Museum !
A week-long stay
For a longer stay, visit more of the city’s old churches, which are spread all around. Also stop by some of the once private homes (hotels particuliers), such as the Hotel de Fontfreyde or the Hotel de Chazerat. The latter, constructed in the style of Louis XVI, houses a gorgeous oval courtyard lined with pillars, and today is the headquarters of Auvergne’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The city also contains a mixture of 20th and 21st century architecture. The Galeries de Jaude, today home to the Galeries Lafayette department store, dates back to 1907 and leads onto the Place de Jaude and its beautiful fountains. The Marché Saint-Pierre is a covered market built in the 80s on the grounds of an abandoned 19th century building, and every day gathers merchants selling produce. The Place de Jaude 2 is an ongoing project which will make space for a 4-star hotel, shops and a new cinema.
A family holiday
Whether it is for shopping, sight-seeing or hiking, your family trip to Clermont-Ferrand will not leave you feeling disappointed.