Official language: French
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Locals love to rest in Jardin Lecoq, a very picturesque park. If you go there for a picnic, don't get surprised when a swan sneaks to get your snacks out of basket.
A local festival of short films, taking place in February, each year it draws around 150 thousand of spectators. Shows are open to public. Festival in Cannes can't compare.
It the city there is operating a factory of one of the most recognizable brand of tyres' producer – Michelin. The old industrial district was renovated and can be sightseen.
Clermont, one of the oldest French cities, that witnessed the most important events in the world's history. It was there, wherein 1095 the decision was made of setting of on first crusades, that was supposed to free Jerusalem from Muslim domination. In 1630 Clermont was merged with a neighbouring town Montferrand.
One of the most amazing monuments of Clermont-Ferrand, seen almost from every place in the city, is the Cathedral of Assumption of Virgin Mary. The gothic cathedral was built entirely from black volcanic rocks. It is the only church in the whole France of such type. Impression is mainly made by black towers that have more than 96 metres of height.
Barely 15 km to the west from the city, there is an unusual thematic park located, entirely devoted to volcanos. Vulcanica lies on the area of extinct volcanic range. Each step is a great geology lesson. You will see there not only results of eruptions, but experience on yourself an earthquake. The last volcano eruption in that region took place around 8 thousand years ago, but scientist don't rule out the possibility of another one in near future.
Clermont-Ferrand is the city of theatre and music festivals. Each year a few important events took place there, that are worth attending. In May there is organized a huge feast – Europavox, during which for audience perform the best European musicians. In July and November on the other hand, hip-hop and rap reign in the city. The music event is accompanied by graffiti festivals. Whereas October is time for a jazz festival – Jazz en tête.
What's worth eating in Clermont-Ferrand? The area is famous for fantastic cheeses – Saint Nectaire, Bleu d'Auvergne or Cantal are pride of local manufacturer. Remember to order a board of cheeses before the dinner. and when you choose those suitable to you, go to a market and buy more of those delicious snacks that would remind you the best taste of French region.