The activities

PICHERANDE, ” Capital Européenne of the Gentian “, authentic village of the Auvergne, nestled in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne, offers both peace and perfect for family holidays of any age, summer and winter alike.

Do you simply want to appreciate nature ? . . .

You can enjoy peaceful and unique landscapes, shaped by volcanoes.


Walkers ?. . A break on the long distance path, the GR 30 (Tour (Tower, ballot) of lakes and volcanoes of auvergne, or hike round on footpaths.

Cyclists and mountain bikers ? … A “life-size” playground

Motorcyclists ?… A stop off on the road of Cheeses.  (Parking to be organised)

Fishermen ? . . .Lakes and streams wait for you.

Extreme sports enthusiasts ? : … Nearby Route (course) of Acrobranche and Tyrolean Huge.

In winter :  you can do some short ski-ing in the resorts of Super Besse and Chastreix-Sancy, and do cross-country skiing and walking  with snowshoes  around Picherande.
In January:   near Picherande, reserve the dates of ” St Cochon ” to BESSE ind the middle of january and the Andros to Super Besse trophy at the end of January.


 Our summer Activities:



Circuits on the paths and  roads of Auvergne.

Downhill having ascended by cable railways.

The hikes:

In forest, in mountain…

Come to be rejuvenated in the middle of open space.

The visits of the remarkable sites of the region:

Volcanic hills (Lake Pavin), spa towns (Mount Gilds and LA BOURBOULE), castles (MUROL) …

Fishing trips:

In the lake of Picherande and the lakes of the region.

Also discover the summer sledging on the exhilerating slopes of the Besses . . .

For the bravest, discover Acrobranche on Mont D’Or . . .

Our Winter Activities:


The Alpine skiing:

On the exhilerating ski trails of Besse and Mont D’Or, with possible access for the trails.

Further information from the tourist offices.

Nordic skiing:

On the various domains close to Picherande:

Numerous sites for discovering our region formed by volcanoes.

On the spot:

Cross-country skiing :

Hiking with snow shoes . . . alone or with a guide





– 2 shops – 100 metres away from the Residence, offer up to  20 % off Ski rental.