How about a romantic weekend in the beautiful city of Puy-en-Velay? Between strolls, visits, restaurant and charming hotel in the city ponote, embark with us to the four corners of a city of which we will reveal some secrets to you...
First must-see, the Rocher Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe and its Romanesque chapel
The Rocher Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe and its Romanesque chapel are perched 82 m at the top of this incredible volcanic neck. That is 268 steps to climb with the strength of the calves! But the game is worth the candle. From up there, we have a amazing 360 view° on the Ponote city and even beyond!
But before going up to the top, a pose is essential in the garden of the Father Roger Martin, built on the site of the former Saint-Gabriel chapel. A haven of peace and contemplation for pilgrims before their ascent to the rock.
At the very top, as if delicately placed at its summit, stands the magnificent and surprising Saint-Michel chapel. A Romanesque monument whose oldest parts date from the 1840th century. Le Rocher and its chapel, both registered on the first list of Historic Monuments (XNUMX) were elected 4th “Favorite monument of the French” in 2014 and in 2022.
And those who cannot climb to the top to visit the astonishing medieval building can be reassured... virtual visit at the foot of the Rocher Saint-Michel, will allow you to closely observe the magnificent chapel and its exceptional murals.
Rock and Chapel of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe
This is another must-see in Puy-en-Velay, the Notre Dame de France statue which has watched over the town since 1860.
It was built from 213 guns taken from the Russians during the Crimean War.
This monumental statue represents the Virgin Mary crowned with stars, standing on a half terrestrial globe where she crushes a snake with her foot, and holding on her right arm the Child Jesus who blesses the city and France.
22 m high, you can even go inside and admire Le Puy-en-Velay from above, from its crown. Its total mass is estimated at 835 tons, including 680 for the pedestal, 110 for the statue. Its realization is a real technical feat!
Statue of Our Lady of France
43000 Le Puy-en-Velay
A well-deserved gourmet break at midday
It's sporty to visit Le Puy-en-Velay! How about regaining strength? A break is needed! And there is no shortage of restaurants… What will you choose? A restaurant in the heart of the city, on the Place du Plot and its colorful facades? At the foot of the cathedral, with a view of the historic center and its cobbled streets? Or in the lower town, in the city atmosphere of Puy-en-Velay?
Terre de Géants, a breathtaking and digital adventure in the historic district of Puy-en-Velay
Then the visit continues, this time with a show as modern as it is breathtaking in the heart of the old town of Le Puy, not far from the cathedral: Terre de Géants, in the Chapelle Saint-Alexis. An adventure this time digital, interactive and in 4 dimensions to discover the secrets of the Haute-Loire.
Immerse yourself in the lights of Le Puy after a candlelit dinner
In season, tables and scents invest the historic heart of the city of Puy-en-Velay. Like a movie set where we would be able to taste local products expertly prepared by the Chefs. Then, we stroll lovingly in the middle of this lively scenography with the shows of the "Puy de Lumières", in apotheosis, every summer.
A unique bed and breakfast with a view over the rooftops of Le Puy-en-Velay
After all these emotions, a night's sleep is in order… We have an appointment in a unique bed and breakfast: Les Cimes du Puy-en-Velay. An establishment which, with its perched terrace, definitely lives up to its name.
Immerse yourself in the history of this former XNUMXth century mansion, the mother house of the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in the XNUMXth century.