Puy de Sancy

Seen south view of the Puy de Sancy from the Tour Carré from

The Puy de Sancy is at an altitude of 1885 m, the highest peak in the Massif Central, about 35 km southwest of Clermont -Ferrand in the mountain range of the Monts Dore. It is an extinct volcano, which was active from the end of the Tertiary until 220,000 years.

The rock formations in the Massif Central, in contrast to the Alps, not bald, but very often coated with a green flora which makes the special scenic appeal. It is the summit of the Puy de Sancy on trails, but also a cable car station ( then approx 20 min walk). The views from the summit on a clear day is enough to Mont Blanc.

The Massif of Sancy is located in the very scenic Auvergne, a region that is rural dominated and very thinly populated. Numerous volcanoes - especially the famous Puy de Dome - give the landscape its special character. At the Puy de Sancy are in over 1600 m altitude, the headwaters of the Dordogne. In the northern slopes of the Puy de Sancy is the Super Besse ski station.