Prefecture of the Cantal department, Aurillac is located in the heart of the Massif Central at over 600 metres above sea-level.
Aurillac is built on the banks of the River Jordanne and has a medieval castle built in the 9th century. The latter overlooks the town and bears the name of Chateau Saint-Étienne. The interactive Muséum des Volcans is established in the left wing of the castle. Aurillac has a National Haras created in 1665 at the request of Colbert. The city has many parks and gardens (the Jardin des Carmes, Jardin de l'Esplanade known as Le Gravier, Jardin du Château) and numerous fountains and lavoirs (public wash-houses).
There are several churches in Aurillac. The church of Saint-Géraud was built in the 15th century and is listed as a Historic Monument. It has a tribune organ and wall paintings dating from the 12th century. The Church of the Sacred Heart, erected in the course of the 20th century, is distinguished by a Way of the Cross carved out of stone.
Walking through the old town, you can see views of the Jordanne and the old houses along the river. In the streets of Aurillac, products of Auvergne artisans are waiting to be discovered. Book your hotel in Aurillac to discover all the attractions!