When to go
Auvergne's climate is like its landscape: full of contrasts.
Summer, warm and dry, is ideal for indulging in open-air activities. Lace up your walking boots or hop on your bike in order to roam the many pathways the region has to offer; take a dip in the refreshing lakes if temperatures in the towns become stifling. Then there are the festivals that lend so much life to the region. The best known among them are: in mid-August, the Aurillac International Street Theatre Festival; at the end of August, the Classical Music Festival in La Chaise-Dieu; in mid-September, the traditional Festival of the Roi de l'Oiseau in celebration of the Renaissance in Puy-en-Velay.
The rainy seasons of spring and autumn will suit those looking for peace and quiet or pretty landscapes, all the more so since the weather can be better up in the mountains than on the plain.
Finally, the very harsh winter is only to be recommended to winter sports enthusiasts.