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Discover the Allier

The Allier is the visitor's dream destination having an amazing variety of things to do, see and experience, not to mention the ever-changing scenery. The department is composed of almost all of the former Duchy of Bourbonnais estates and as such has hundreds of castles and manors, many of them available to visit. The Bourbonnais bocage, covering most of the western and central parts of the department, is especially remarkable for its rich forests and woodlands, including the famous Forest of Tronçais, followed by the Bourbonnais Sologne in the east north-east, the Bourbonnais Mountain (near Vichy) which is the highest point of Bourbonnais together with Montoncel (peaking at 1,287 metres), and finally in the south, the Bourbonnais Limagne, which extends from Varennes to Gannat, and is the breadbasket of the department. The rivers Sioule, Bouble, and Cher have carved the most picturesque gorges in the Allier.

The major towns are Moulins, Montluçon and Vichy, all three on river settings.
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule is the 'wine of origin' area and there are a number of vineyards to visit.
Other interesting towns and villages to visit are:
Charoux, Herisson, Gannat, Sauvigny, Beaune d'Allier, Chantelle, Ebreuil, Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais and a host of small villages all with 12th to 15th centruy churches.

The Allier also includes three important thermal spa towns:  Neris-les-Bains, Bourbon l'Archambault and the Queen of Thermal Spa towns, Vichy, all of which are a delight to experience and definitely not to be missed.


For more information visit Allier-Tourisme