The Massif Central is best explored by those who love the great outdoors with excellent walking in the summer months and the closest skiing to Paris in the winter months.  All the major attractions in the area take advantage of the geology of the area, for example with many canoeing centres, underground caves to explore and centres such as Vulcania which are built around the theme of the volcanic past of the region.

Aven Armand

Description: This is one of the show caves of France. It was discovered in 1897 by a shepherd, Louis Armand. The visit starts with a ride in a funicular railway taking visitors 100m underground to a cavern large enough to accommodate the Cathédrale de Notre Dame in Paris. 400 spectacular stalagmites create a ‘forest’ of shapes including the tallest stalagmite in the world at 30m. The whole display using a light show is amazing.Location: On the Causse Méjean between Meyrueis and Ste Enimie on D996.

General Info: Open every day from mid March to mid Nov with a lunchtime closure (except in July/August). Adults €9* Aged 5-15 €6* Aged 15-20 €7*.

Our recommendations: Bring a jumper as temperatures are cooler underground and perhaps combine with a visit to the Montpellier-le-Vieux, situated a car ride to the west (a combined ticket is available).

For Children: They should enjoy the funicular ride and show, although the commentary may be in French.

*Prices are approximate, please check with operator.


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Limousin Auvergne: