Make the most of your stay at the Brit Hotel Arverne to discover Clermont-Ferrand and its region. Capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Clermont-Ferrand is made up ofjust over 140,000 inhabitants. It is the result of the birth of two historical cities: Clairmont and Montferrand.
During your stay in Clermont, discover some of the unmissable tourist sites.
A historical and religious heritage
Wander around Clermont’s streets and enjoy the beauty of the religious buildings, such as the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral or the Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica.
In Gothic or Roman styles, these two buildings are of strong architectural interest. With more than 50 fountains and pools, different styles and eras enliven the city. Discover for example the Amboise Fountain on the Place de la Poterne, or the Urbain II Fountain,situated on the Place de la Victoire.
On the Place de Jaude, admire the beautifulstatue of Vercingétorix, a work of Bartholdi constructed in 1903. The opera-theatre, built in the 19th century, is also an architectural gem worth admiring during a walk aroundthe city.
Clermont-Ferrand has various museums to discover. The first that comes to mind is the Aventure Michelin. Its 2000m² exhibition space allows you to discover the history and current life of the famous brand.
The Bargoin Museum for its part offers numerous collections of works of art, and traces the history of the Arverne territory.
The Henri-Lecoq Museumdisplays, through its prestigious artefacts, the natural heritage of the region and the history of science.
Finally, the Roger-Quilliot Art Museum allows you to discover collections of sculptures, photos and paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Numerous activities are on offer in Clermont-Ferrand and its surrounding area.Skating, cinema, golf, bowling...
Day or night, you're bound to find something to enjoy.Lovers of outdoor activities will also find what they’re looking for, with, among other things, a hike in the Gorges de l'Artière or a swim in one of the many lakes of Puy-de-Dôme.
As for thrill seekers, they can head to the heart of the volcanoes and try out microlighting or paragliding.
What does one eat in Auvergne? Delicious local produce, of course. Among which are thefive AOP cheeses: Saint-Nectaire, Cantal, Bleu d’Auvergne, Fourme d’Ambert and Salers.Fruit pastes are also a Clermont speciality. A strong tradition which is exported all over the world.
Auvergne is also a land of wine-making, the Auvergne wine-growing region having obtained the AOC quality label in 2010. Some Auvergne recipes: Truffade, Coq au vin, Auvergne pork stew, Millard auvergnat...
Again this year, the International Fair of Clermont-Cournon has been set upin the Grande Halle d’Auvergne for its 39th year.This temporary shopping space, innovative and creative,displays a varied and quality supply thanks to its 650 exhibitors.The fair will celebrate its 40th birthday from the 9th to the 18th September 2017. Established in the centre of France, a world cradle for the largest species of bovine meat, the Sommet de l’Élevageis an exceptional example of French cattle farming.
Animal presentations, competitions, technical innovations, conferences, an unmissable meeting place in October.
Not to be outdone, the winter period is full of large events.
From the month of November, travel-lovers meet at the Carnet de Voyages exhibition (dedicated this year to world cities).
In February, Clermont-Ferrand comes alive with the rhythm of the International Short Film Festivalwhich will take place, for its 39th year, from the 3-11 February 2017.
Every summer, Clermont-Ferrand is alive with its Contre-Plongées event.
This cultural event stirs the city three times a week in July and August, with films, concerts and live performances.
Summer in Clermont also means Sable Show.
Sporting, recreational and cultural entertainment is on offer to inhabitants and visitors, all as part of a ‘beach’ atmosphere.
Clermont, a land of rugby!
The city is also known for its rugby club, ASM Clermont Auvergne, formerly AS Montferrand, who have evolved in their traditional yellow and blue colours.
It is one of the leading clubs in the Top 14. Their home ground is called theStade Marcel-Michelin.
After losing 10 finals since 1936, the club finally earned the title of champions of France in 2010,making its supporters, the ‘Yellow Army’, mad with joy.
On the 4th June 2017, ASM’s tropy cabinet wasenrichedwith a second ‘Bout de Bois’ (the nickname given to the BRENNUS Shield, the prize given to the winner of the Top 14 French Rugby Championship), and once again the Place de Jaude (the central square in Clermont Ferrand) was lit up to celebrate its heroes, a victory which caused a seismic tremor picked up by the sensors of the Université d’Auvergne du Campus des Cézeaux at the final whistle!