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The Gergovia plateau
The Gergovia plateau
The Gergovia Plateau is a stunning natural viewing platform that offers a 360° vista across the Auvergne countryside. Covering almost 70 hectares, visitors can enjoy the breathtaking natural landscapes that extend from the Sancy massif to the Cézallier plateaus through the Chaîne des Puys and the Limagne Fault, recently listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Walking the plateau footpaths involves taking a journey into the past. Gergovia is first recorded in history in texts written by Julius Caesar recounting the devastating defeat inflicted by Vercingetorix in 52 B.C. The Gallic site was rediscovered during the 16th century during archaeological digs. Since the 19th century, the Gergovia plateau has been under archaeological survey, which led to the uncovering of some of the spectacular remains of the Arverni stronghold.
of natural landscape
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years of history
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A 360° view
across the Auvergne
A listed site of outstanding historical interest
The Gergovia Plateau became a listed site in 2018. This is a special status designed to protect the site due to its historical and scientific interest – a mark of the Plateau’s value as a recognised part of France’s national heritage.
The eastern slopes of the Gergovia Plateau, covered by dry grasslands, are also included within the EU’s Natura 2000 network of protected nature sites, considered to have high heritage value due to their exceptional fauna and flora.
An oppidum on the flanks of the mountain
The Gergovia Plateau is formed of a 70-hectare basalt plateau and reaches an altitude of 700 m. On a clear day, the top of the plateau offers spectacular 360° panoramic views over the famous Chaîne des Puys to the northwest, the Limagne Fault to the east, the Sancy massif to the southwest, as well as over Clermont-Ferrand.
An outstanding site of natural beauty
The area surrounding the plateau
An overnight stay in the Arveni region