Hotel at the foot of the Monts du Cantal

The privileged location of the Hôtel des Carmes in Aurillac, the former capital of the Haute-Auvergne, represents an ideal stopover on your holiday route at the foot of the Cantal Mountains.

Aurillac is a thousand-year-old city with a rich architectural heritage. A historical tour allows you to discover the attractions of its old town, including the Saint-Géraud church, a vestige of a former Benedictine abbey, the Saint-Géraud abbey hospital, the Renaissance-style Hôtel des Consuls, the Aurinques chapel, built in the 16th century, and the famous Square.

In the register of souvenirs to bring back, think of the umbrella, the emblematic object of Aurillac, which has conquered the luxury industry by being exported all over the world!

Summer and winter alike, we will be delighted to welcome you to the Auvergne, a fascinating region to discover!


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Museum of Art and Archaeology

Close to the pleasant Carmes garden, installed in the former Visitandines convent, you can visit the Art and Archaeology Museum which houses, in addition to its archaeology and fine arts collections, a reconstruction of a traditional Cantalien interior.

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Puy Mary Aurillac Ultra Trail

As for the more sporty types, they will be able to enjoy the many activities available around Aurillac, including the UTPMA (Ultra trail Puy Mary Aurillac): a famous nature race in the heart of the Cantalien Massif, which starts in the Rue des Carmes, the highly reputed Haute Auvergne Golf Club (the Hôtel des Carmes is, moreover, part of the Golfy programme) and skiing at the Lioran resort, just 30 minutes from Aurillac.

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Aurillac International Street Theatre Festival

In terms of events, street art lovers should not miss the famous Aurillac International Street Theatre Festival, which brings the town to life for 4 days at the end of August.

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The "Route des Crêtes"

On leaving Aurillac you can take the "Route des Crêtes" from where you can admire remarkable views of the Cantal mountains...

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Saint-Etienne medieval castle

On the heights of the town, you will find the medieval castle Saint-Étienne and its Volcano Museum, a fascinating site dedicated to the volcanic history of the Cantal and the mysteries of our planet.

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