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The only site in the Cantal with the Land of Art and History quality label

Saint-Flour is a millennial city. Its history began in the IV century with the arrival of the christian evangelist Florus. The fortified episcopal city, trade point between the Auvergne and the Languedoc regions is the historical capital of Haute-Auvergne. Its medieval streets bear witness of a prestigious past.
Behind the superficial austerity of the volcanic stone, we discover a quality built heritage:

  •  the remains of fortified gates and walls, Saint- Peter’s cathedral with its black Christ,
  •  the former episcopal palace now housing the Museum of the Haute-Auvergne,
  •  the Douët museum (Art and History) in the consular house with its beautiful Renaissance façade (mullioned windows, gargoyles and bow medallions)

 
The corn exchange or collegiate church of Notre-Dame (early XIV century) was, before the construction of the cathedral, one of the architectural landmarks of the city. This building is experiencing a new revival thanks to an exemplary restoration: contemporary stained glass windows designed by the Italian artist Marino di Teana and a monumental rose window. Exhibitions and performances give life to this beautiful building. You can discover this unique heritage through guided visits during the summer and with the help of visitor maps and audio guides the remainder of the year.

Amongst the many local specialities which you will find in the Pays de Saint-Flour, the blonde lentils of Saint-Flour are truly unique. The Planèze of Saint-Flour has a rich volcanic soil which is ideal for growing lentils.
Rescued from oblivion, this legume is now valued and figures prominently on the menus of our restaurants. Very sweet, with a hint of chestnut, these lentils are also suited to sweet dishes such us confit, candied fruit... Apart from lentils, Saint-Flour is central to the gastronomic culture in the Auvergne: tripoux, PDO Cantal cheese, Salers or Aubrac breed quality meat, sweet flavours of the Saint-Flour pie ...

Festive encounters 

The Mountain Culture Festival (Festival des Hautes Terres) invites you at the end of June to experience highland culture in a festive atmosphere.
Early August, the Festa del País unveils the terroir and the know-how of local men and women through one of the most important festive events of the Auvergne region.
 
Land of Art and History, gastronomy but also festivities: everything here encourages the visitor to take a break in Saint-Flour, a medieval city where modernity meets history.
 
The region of Saint-Flour welcomes you with open arms and offers you the perfect environment to enjoy a wide range of outdoor or relaxation activities and to discover the area:
the Truyère Gorge, the megaliths of the Planèze and the villages of the Margeride...

 

 

News

Bureau de tourisme à Saint-Flour

17 bis, place d'Armes 15100 SAINT-FLOUR

Phone: 04 71 60 22 50
Fax: 04 71 60 05 14

E-mail: info@pays-saint-flour.fr

Dates and opening hours

Open all year long

March, April and October
From monday to saturday, from 9am to 12am and from 2pm to 6pm.

From Novembre to February
From monday to friday, from 9am to 12am and from 2pm to 6 pm

Saturday (except holidays)
From 9:30 to 12:30
Saturday (during holidays)
From 9:30 to 12am and from 2pm to 5pm.

may, June and september
From monday to saturday, from 9am to12:30 and from 2pm to 6:30
Sundays and publics holidays :
From 10am to 12:30 and from 2:30 to 5:30

July and August
From monday to saturday, from 9am to 7pm.
Saturday, from 9am to
Sundays and publics holidays
From 10am to 12:30 and from 2:30 to 6pm.
Ville et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire
Station Classée Tourisme
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