Rendez-vous in Usson

  • Usson

    © Région d'Auvergne

    Usson

    © Région d'Auvergne

  • Usson

    © Wikimedia Commons

    Usson

    © Wikimedia Commons

Rendez-vous in Usson Usson fr

East of Issoire, in the department of Puy-de-Dôme bordering the Livradois-Forez Natural Regional Park, Usson is one of the department's four villages classified among France's Most Beautiful Villages.

Clinging to a rocky peak, Usson reaches an altitude of 600 meters. The village and its black stone wine-growers' homes were once dominated by one of the kingdom's most important fortresses, which was also the place of exile of Queen Margot (the first wife of King Henry IV) for 19 years.

Like many others in the region, Usson's castle was demolished under the reign of Richelieu. But behind its walls, the remains of the village's former enclosures can be found, as well as lovely 15th and 16th century homes and a Romanesque church, from which a footpath will take you to the village's basalt column's and the top of the hill.

Walking through Usson's streets, you can admire its traditional architecture and a remarkable view of the Auvergne countryside.

Not to be missed

  • The Peak of Usson: an easy trail leads to the summit and the chapel that sits upon it. 
  • Statue of Notre-Dame of Usson: standing at at 7 meters, this statue was erected in 1893 on the remains of the fortress. 
  • The Saint-Maurice church, known for its beautifully decorated interior.

In the surrounding area

  • Parentignat and its castle.
  • The remarkable gardens of the Hauterive castle.
  • Issoire, known for its Romanesque church and museums.

Access

By plane:

  • Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne airport (32 km away)
  • Le Puy Loudes airport (60 km away)
  • Saint-Étienne- Bouthéon airport (74 km away)

By train: SNCF station at Issoire (10 km away).

By car: Route A75, exit 13.

Contact

Puy-de-Dôme Tourism 
Hôtel du Département
24 rue Saint-Esprit
63033 CLERMONT-FERRAND Cédex 1
Tel: +33 (0)4 73 42 22 50

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