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Your guide to the best the centre of France
has to offer


Our site is built on the following three pillars, reflecting the French attitude to life:

  • bien vivre - Living well - making the most of life: discovering a multitude of things to see and do and wonderful daily markets to explore - read more
  • bien-être - Wellbeing: here we explore the benefits of the different thermal waters in the region and the many other life-enhancing experiences these spa towns have to offer - read more
  • bien choisir - Choosing well: whether it is for a holiday and where to stay or finding your dream castle/cottage, meeting with local artists, discovering local products or simply finding a good restaurant - read more

As this is very much a voyage of discovery and a work in progress, we hope you will be a regular visitor to Selection du Terroir and be encouraged to visit this special region we are lucky enough to call home.

We do hope that you will enjoy this journey with us.

A bientôt,


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"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]. This phrase was penned in 1826 by a french writer, Anthelme... read more   There are many ways to enjoy a sense of wellbeing. The French have always valued the healing and uplifting waters of their Thermal stations and the Auvergne has... read more   There was a very good reason that the former kings of France chose to live in the centre of France. The region of Auvergne has many hidden gems waiting to... read more


site index

discovering Auvergne
Allier - Cantal -Puy de Dome - Haute Loire
things to do and to see
sports - outdoor activities

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Discovering the thermal towns
Map of thermal towns
Thermal spas

  • Destress
  • Detox
  • Revitalize
  • Recuperate
  • Rejuvenate
  • Weightloss

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Houses for sale
Hollidays - selected Gites - B&B's - Camping sites
Artists, Arts & Crafts
Restaurant suggestions
Information you need when moving to France
Buying a house
Medical - carte vitale
Driver's license
Starting a small business