The Extinct Volcanoes of the Auvergne (day trip)
This is a glorious scenic drive so don’t go on a cloudy or wet day. Proceed to Aurillac, straight through the town centre and look for the sign ”ROUTES des CRETES” on the left (D35). Half an hour from Aurillac, the Col de Legal (at about 4000ft) has a delightful restaurant for lunch time stops.
Follow the D35 and you will end up in the medieval stone village of SALERS. Fascinating buildings with massive lintels, the village can become fairly isolated by snow for quite long periods in winter.
Leave SALERS by the D680 towards PUY MARY, one of the highest points in the Auvergne at 5,800feet. There is a bar there. Continue then on the D17 down the Vallée de Mandailles until arriving back in AURILLAC.