Your hotel in historical Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand is a university city in the Auvergne region of central France, situated on the Limagne plain, close to the volcanic Chaîne des Puys mountain range. The city is famous for hosting the annual Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and is home to the Michelin tyre manufacturer corporate headquarters. There are several excellent hotels in Clermont-Ferrand, as well as many attractive Gothic and Romanesque buildings, peppered throughout the town centre.
What can I do outside business hours in Clermont-Ferrand?
The Centre Jaude is a large shopping mall in the city centre, with an extensive range of shops and restaurants to choose from. Elsewhere in the city centre, you'll find the highly-recommended Avenue Restaurant and Brasserie Derrière, both serving sumptuous French cuisine and perfect for a relaxed business lunch. In the evenings, visit the Ciné Capitole or Cinéma Le Paris, both of which screen the latest film releases, or visit the Café-Théâtre Défonce de Rire comedy club. End the night at the Délirium Café Clermont-Ferrand, a lively bar that serves a wide range of local and international beers. To keep up your exercise regime, attend a revitalising open-air class at the Gym Nature Clermont-Ferrand.
How easy is Clermont-Ferrand to access and what business activities are there?
Clermont-Ferrand is easily accessed via Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport (CFE), located 6.7 km outside the city centre, with bus and taxi links to town. If planning a conference or other business event, the Polydome, located just outside of the centre, offers a range of rooms to suit all meeting types. Comfortable and modern, they feature excellent audio-visual equipment. A number of hotels in Clermont-Ferrand additionally offer flexible, well-appointed meetings spaces. Whilst food production and engineering are well-established industries here, there is an increasing focus on hi-tech industry and pharmaceuticals, with several research centres keeping Clermont-Ferrand at the forefront of the region's commercial activity.
What particular sights should I visit, near to my hotel in Clermont-Ferrand?
Accessible from your Clermont-Ferrand hotel is the Romanesque Notre-Dame du Port, a church dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, a 13th-century Gothic building constructed from lava stone of the nearby volcanoes. The city has several attractive parks, including the Jardin Lecoq, the Jardin botanique de la Charme and the Jardin botanique d’Auvergne, perfect for a refreshing stroll or leisurely picnic.