Blesle lies at the foot of the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne, that is nominated to be listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is the largest natural park in France and is located in the Massif Central. It is an old volcanic, mountainous area with peaks up to almost 1900m high.
It consists of four large volcanic massifs: Monts Dômes (Chaîne des Puys), Monts Dore, Cézalier and the Mont du Cantal where Blesle is located. The tops of the Cantal offer breathtaking views of the Massif Central and sometimes extending even to the Alps and the Pyrenees! |
In France, the Auvergne forms the 'château d'eau de la France.' It is a source of several major rivers such as the Dordogne and the Loire. The landscape is dotted with lakes, waterfalls and deep gorges. The beautiful green valley's are home to many small villages. The valleys are wooded; the tops and combs, on the other hand, are rocky or covered with flower-rich grassland. The lakes in the area are often filled volcanic craters, natural reservoirs formed by lava, or constructed reservoirs such as the Barrage de Grandval.
It forms an ideal habitat for many animals such as deer, wild boars, foxes, hares, snakes and lizards, as well as such striking birds as the Golden Oriole, the Kingfisher, the Heron and, of course, many birds of prey such as the Common Buzzard, the Sparrow Hawk, and the Kite.
All these animals can also be admired on personal hikes or in a 4 x 4-safari in a wilderness reserve, but more exotic animals can be seen in the Zoo of Ardes, a very spacious zoo, where the managers selected fewer species, housing them in a natural environment.