Stay 2 : A natural travel, another means of discovering France

Stay 2 : A natural travel, another means of discovering France.

Occidental Route

Stage 2/35 - 310 kms


0 km Langogne

42 kms Le Puy en Velay

130 kms Montélimar

73 kms Die

65 kms Villard de Lans

carte Langogne a Villard de Lans

A natural travel in Langogne : Go back to old wool industry

Langogne France

Langogne France
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Langogne is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, in southern France 36 km from Mende, the prefecture. Just next to Langogne lies the great mountain lake of Naussac in a green setting. The small town therefore offers facilities for water based leisure, accommodation at the hotel, lodges and campsites. A visit to the Calquières spinning mill will take you back to the old wool industry with its looms that are still fed by the waters of Langouyrou.

Puy en Velay : An inspiration journey for tourists

Voyage spirituel au Puy en Velay France

Le Puy en Velay France
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A well-preserved town located on a unique religious heritage site. Le Puy-en-Velay is a haven of peace and a source of spiritual journey inspiration. Here, visitors can relax. Internationally renowned as a starting point for St. James Way or the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage route, the town is also a great place for family holidays in the centre of the Haute-Loire. However, Le Puy-en-Velay is also a vibrant city offering many activities on the theme of nature in a delicate high quality environment. Festivals and other activities dedicated for the whole family are held throughout the year.

Our Lady of Puy : pilgrimage site well-known to tourists

Some time between the 3rd and 4th century of our era, Our Lady appeared in Puy to a woman converted to Christianity, in Haute-Loire, in a chapel built by the few faithful on a high mountain. Villa was threatened by a serious illness and no doctor could help her. Our Lady, during her apparition, had healed her completely. This story of the miracle spread rapidly and many people came to grace. The Blessed Virgin Mary heard the prayers of many ailing people and this place of grace became a site of frequent pilgrimages. A various successive bishops of the diocese have built a magnificent Church which, in 1254, was enriched by a precious painting of the Virgin Mary, offered by King Louis IX.

Montélimar : The nougat capital city

Montelimar France

Voyage Montelimar France
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Montélimar is located in the Drôme department, in the Rhône-Alpes region, south-eastern France 43 km from Valence, the department capital. Known to be the gates of Provence, Montélimar lies only one hour and a half from Marseille and Lyon. It has cultivated an image of the Provençal good life celebrated by artists and writers. The medium sized city also attracts new Montiliens to rejuvenate “the city of nougat”. Sugar, Provençal honey, egg whites, vanilla, almonds and pistachios are the main ingredients that constitute the nougat. The recipe is strictly regulated and is called “Nougat of Montelimar”. Exact amount of each ingredient must be respected.

Die : A small French Gallo-Roman village

The city of Die is a small town located in south-eastern France, in the Drôme department of the Rhône-Alpes French region. Capital of Diois, Die is nestled in the foothills of the Glandasse, in the Vercors Regional Natural Park. Die is bordered by the Drôme River, amidst lavender fields and vines. Die’s historic centre, a Gallo-Roman stronghold, the St. Marcel gate, Notre-Dame cathedral, St. Nicolas chapel and its mosaics, the museum of history and archaeology, the Cistercian abbey of Valcroissant are as many sites to visit and discover in the area. Die also houses a Museum of History and Archaeology in the heart of the city and also offers its visitors the Resistance Museum and the Prehistoric Museum for visits in the region.

Villard-de-Lans : A natural travel for visitors

Voyage spirituel à Villard de lans France

Villard de lans France
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Villard-de-Lans belongs to the Regional Natural Park of Vercors. The city propose a true nature for its visitors. Located at the foot of the Great Flycatcher, second summit of the Vercors, the highest point at 2,285 meters. The ground of Villard-de-Lans favours infiltration of water, hence the absence of natural lakes. However, Villard-de-Lans has a seasonal pond, the Lauzet Lake, which is filled by capillary snowmelt. The economy of Villard-de-Lans is primarily focused on tourism with many shops open all year round and some facilities such as the ski resort of Villard-de-Lans in Corrençon-en-Vercors, a casino, an ice rink, a water park with indoor wave pools, outdoor toboggans, a fitness centre including sauna, jacuzzi, gym and also a museum on heritage and local history.

The Vercors Regional Natural Park

A veritable natural limestone citadel, the Vercors Regional Nature Park spreads over approximately 186,000 hectares between the Isere valley to the north and the Diois to the south. Water has carved out its path through the deep gorges, majestic cirques, and some of Europe's most famous caves and chasms. Its wooded plateaus and valleys, shaped by agricultural activities, are home to an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals. To discover the Vercors Regional Nature Park, it is possible to cross it on foot, on ski, or by bike. Throughout the four seasons, a surprise awaits you at the bend of a path or on the river, at the foot of a cliff, or at the summit of a rocky hill. The multitude and variety of the landscapes, the diversity of the regional products make this mountain chain an ideal place to relax, but also to enjoy leisure activities.

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