The Town of Aurillac
Cut through by the River Jordanne, the lovely town of Aurillac is not just the gateway to the Mounts of Cantal! Authentic and welcoming, it has plenty to offer to travellers.
In the historic Saint-Géraud district, in the town centre, you’ll find pretty shaded gardens, elegant mansions and quaint half-timbered houses. Don’t miss the lovely Carmes garden, a former monastic enclosure, which provides access to the Pierre-Mendès-France cultural centre. Listed as a historical monument, Saint-Géraud Abbey is also worth a visit!
For a more contemporary walk, take Rue des Carmes, a semi-pedestrian lane home to most of the city’s shops. As you walk up to Vermenouze Square, you’ll pass the beautiful Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges church, which, unusually, sits alongside a brasserie.
In the upper reaches of the town, you can also visit the Château of Saint-Etienne, a beautiful medieval complex that now houses the Volcano Museum. This is highly recommended for those of you interested in the Cantal volcanoes and the local flora and fauna!
Of course, Aurillac is also synonymous with cheese, charcuterie and Auvergne specialities. To discover them, simply visit our brasserie or head to the charming covered market at the town hall.
Set off to explore Aurillac during your stay at The Originals Boutique, Grand Hôtel Saint-Pierre! Our team will be happy to share the best locations and places to visit in the town and region.