The Allier is the Auvergne in its sweet, confidential and varied version. There is Vichy and the thermal baths, but also the resorts of Néris-les-Bains and Bourbon-l'Archambault. The famous amusement park and animalier du PALits lodges where you can sleep as on safari, the 10,000 hectares of the Tronçais forest, the beautiful town of Moulins with its 5 museums including the Centre national du costume de scène, Montluçon in the medieval centre and Charroux, one of the most beautiful villages in France. So much to see and so much to do! For example, you can follow in the footsteps of the Bourbons who marked the territory, follow the route of the painted churches, discover the Saint-Pourçain vineyard with its amazing wines. Since 2017, there has been a surprising open-air museum on the outskirts of the village of Lurcy-Levis: Street Art City, an artistic performance in progress on the abandoned site of the 13 buildings of the former PTT training centre. An abandoned vintage set whose walls have been offered to engravers all over the world. Finally, you should know that the Allier is a natural destination where you can enjoy outdoor activities: hiking along the Chemin de Compostelle, mountain biking across the department on the GTMC (Grande Traversée du Massif Central), canoeing on the Allier or Sioule, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing when the snow falls on the small ski resort of La Loge-des-Gardes.

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When to go to Allier?

When to go to Allier? The Allier is a spring and summer destination. These two seasons are the most touristy. The rest of the year many establishments and attractions are not accessible. Private castles, in particular, close in winter. However, in early autumn, and during the All Saints' Day holidays, there is still a lot of tourist activity. But of course, large cities, their beautiful architectural heritage and museums can be discovered all year round. At the beginning of December, the traditional Ficelle de Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule festival, dedicated to the wine of the same name produced in the local vineyard, is a good opportunity for a friendly, gourmet and informative stay: you will know everything about the string! At Christmas you have entertainment at Château Saint-Géran, small markets in Moulins and Vichy or Montluçon. However, the Christmas holidays are not a particularly tourist period in the Allier. So if it's tranquility you're looking for, why not

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