The Allier will offer you a variety of landscapes between the Loire and the Volcanoes of Auvergne during your getaways on the road. Rich with an exceptional historical heritage, the cradle of the Bourbons, this very gentle territory offers a mosaic of contrasting and charming landscapes. In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance.
The city of Vichy is to be discovered, especially for its thermal baths, including the "Vichy Spa Hôtel Les Celestins" which is the largest Spa in all of Europe! Vichy is also an elegant city, where architecture as well as green spaces are highlighted
The city of Montluçon is not to be missed, as is the beautiful village of Charroux. The castle of the Dukes of Bourbon, the various half-timbered houses, the Place de la Tourfondue or the Saint-Victor church make Montluçon a city with an undeniable heritage. As a medieval village, Charroux is one of the most beautiful villages in the department, with its half-timbered houses and authentic alleys. The city of Moulins is also worth a visit, with its national costume centre where nearly 10,000 costumes are presented. The cathedral of Moulins and the enigmatic Maison Mantin are not to be missed.
Hundreds of castles dot the department, and make Allier the second French department with the most castles! We recommend the château de Billy not far from Moulins (13th century fortified castle), as well as the château de Veauce, or the fortress of Le Hérisson. We recommend that history lovers take the historic route of the castles of Auvergne, which will take you past the gates of 46 castles (divided into 6 different circuits).
Allier is also a green department. Ideal for all types of walks, the Tronçais forest offers more than 10,000 hectares of oaks and beeches!
Once you get there, you can also discover 5 ponds including the Pirot pond. The pond of Pirot extends over 78 hectares and is appreciated by fishermen. This pond is an ideal place for swimming, as it is supervised in summer.
In Moulins, the Nature area and its observatory allow everyone to discover the world of birds. In Baleine en Allier, the arboretum offers 20 hectares of greenery as well as nearly 3500 species of trees and plants.
We also recommend that you visit the Paléopolis theme park, where dinosaurs are in the spotlight, and have fun at the PAL, a vast amusement park but also a wildlife park!
You'll be able to choose when to go to the department of Allier depending on whether or not you like warm or cold weather. We advise you not to choose the summer period if you want to cross paths with less tourists. However the warmer temperatures are between the months of May and August!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!