The house is situated with four other houses on a dead end road and is 5 minutes from Blesle, a historic Medieval town on the
list of the 100 most beautiful villages of France. Other nearby towns/cities that are worth a visit: Brioude, Issoire, Léotoing, Lavaudieu, Auzon.
And a bit further away are Salers, Puy-en-Velay, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpeyroux, La Chaise Dieu, Billom. Large-scale tourism is unknown in the area,
creating many opportunities for peaceful sight-seeing.|
In the house you will find tourist office brochures, hiking guides, and copies of local maps with indicated routes.
Just minutes from the house, in Blesle a farmer's market is held every Friday evening (from 17.00 to 20.00) in the months of July and August. Also in Blesle is a bakery that serves delicious bread, a real craft butcher who choose the animals for slaughter, two grocery stores, and cafe/bars and restaurants.
For the cheese lovers, the Auvergne counts 5 cheeses with a.o.c. label. Four of them are produced near Blesle: Bleu d'Auvergne, Cantal, Salers and St. Nectaire. There is a cheese route which takes you along the producers. An Auvergne cheese route leads to a number of farms offering free tours and, of course, the opportunity to taste and buy cheese.
There is a lively market every Saturday morning in Brioude. Most stalls are manned by the producers themselves, offering cheese, vegetables, honey, sausage. The number of organic producers is growing steadily.
In Massiac and Lempdes-sur-Alagnon markets are on Tuesday mornings, all year round. At all the various markets you'll find a cheese farmer who sells his own cheese.
All summer, but especially in late July and early August, there are 'brocantes' and 'vide greniers' (from flea market to antiques) in Blesle and throughout the area.
Mid-August there is a popular street theatre/music festival in Blesle and at the end of August is 'Le Festival de la Rue' in Aurillac. This is a street theatre festival where artists from around the world participate. It is of high quality and has an ongoing program with dozens of stages.
In September, the Renaissance festival 'le Roi des Oiseaux' takes place in Le Puy-en-Velay. There is no car traffic in the center, participants and visitors are dressed in costume, meals are prepared in the tradition of the Renaissance, and all activities and performances come directly from this period.