Cantal is the department with the largest number of hiking trails in France, along rivers and forests, waterfalls, and aqueducts. The nature is diverse and impressive, and the paths are mostly lined with chestnut trees around the castle.

In the heart of the Lot Valley, this must-visit stopover holds many treasures: surrounded by half-timbered houses stands the Sainte-Foy Abbey dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries, with its 250 pillars, not to mention its contemporary stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages...

Figeac borders the Cantal department in the Lot region. It is classified as a City of Art and History and has been recognized by the Midi-Pyrénées Regional Council as one of the 18 Great Sites of Occitanie. The old town has preserved its layout and winding medieval alleyways, and you can see numerous old sandstone houses. The Notre-Dame-du-Puy Church, of Romanesque origin, overlooks the town of Figeac. Figeac is home to the Champollion Museum.

Marcolès is a small village from the medieval period. It is a beautiful historical site with the 13th-century Saint-Martin Church and the castles of Faulat, La Morétie, and Le Poux. It has been awarded the tourist label "Petite Cité de Caractère" (Small Town of Character).

Salers is a completely preserved medieval village surrounded by ramparts, defense towers, and narrow streets housing artisans. It is the namesake of the Salers cattle breed, with its mahogany-red fur and lyre-shaped horns. Salers has been elected as "Un des plus beau village de France" (One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France).

Puy Mary
Puy Mary is the second highest peak in the Cantal mountains in Auvergne. It is the oldest volcanic mountain chain in Europe. The approach on the D680, the Route des Crètes, from Murat to Pas de Peyrol, is perhaps the most beautiful stretch of road in the entire Massif Central.

Tradition and a contemporary spirit combined with excellent craftsmanship represent the Laguiole knives. Each knife is still entirely handmade in this French village. This tradition dates back to 1828.

Stations on the Way of Saint James
The Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) passes through Cantal. There are several places with beautiful Romanesque churches and monasteries along the path.

Vallée des Daims
Vallée des Daims is a nice wildlifepark where you can take a stroll, or small train to see the deer in their natural habitat. https://www.daims.fr