Though the Volcano Park in Auvergne is the largest regional public land reserve in the country, it has remained relatively unexplored by tourists in favor of other more coastal or mountainous destinations. This fact, coupled with the park's immense 395,000 hectare area, make it an ideal destination for those seeking out the picturesque beauty and tranquility of central France.
Here, amidst the extinct dome-topped volcanoes and crater lakes of Auvergne, visitors can hike or bike up any of the park's 4 distinct mountain chains, with peaks like Puy de Dôme and Puy de Sancy topping out at heights of 1,465 metres (4,792 ft) and 1,886 meters (6,188 ft) respectively. Hang gliding and hot air ballooning provide incredible aerial views of the rolling countryside, and there is even some skiing available during France's scenic, snowy winter months.
Location:Puy de Dome and Cantal Departments, Auvergne Region, central France