Rafting in the gorges of the AllierLavoûte-Chilhac
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The Gorges de l'Allier were dug in the rock by the river of the same name, the Allier, and are located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and more particularly. For its part, the Allier is one of the longest rivers in Europe and one of the main tributaries of the Loire. It is also a rich land with a particularly preserved heritage that the region is committed to developing as much as possible. The Gorges de l'Allier, although less well known, offer a landscape that is both wild and natural and promises you colourful memories.
The Allier is now considered as one of the last wild rivers in Europe, so it is not uncommon to see trout and wild salmon coming up the river. It is also the ideal river for whitewater activities such as rafting, canoeing, hydrospeed or canyoning. From the water, it is also the best way to enjoy the Gorges de l'Allier and its magnificent landscape. Its whitewater and somewhat hectic waters promise rafting trips full of sensations and memories! For example, you will have the possibility to descend the Allier between Monistrol d'Allier and Prades, which can only be descended by rafting since it is a passage with rapids that can be powerful. The Gorges de l'Allier is therefore an opportunity to enjoy an environment with rapids and whirlpools, to enjoy a break on a beach along the river and to observe the volcanic rocks that make it up. It is the opportunity to enjoy a solo or group descent and to make lots of memories! Rafting is accessible to all and is practiced with a guide who will ensure your safety.
For those who prefer peace and quiet, the Gorges de l'Allier are also ideal for swimming or fishing with beautiful sandy beaches where you can enjoy the sun and the view. You can also ride a bike to explore the Gorges in your own way or go hiking and go on the trails to enjoy the natural heritage of the Gorges.
One of the most beautiful views of the Allier Gorges is on board the tourist train of the Haut Allier, a somewhat unusual train that is committed to respecting the environment. The Gorges de l'Allier is also four of the most beautiful villages in France: Arlempdes, Blesle, Lavaudieu and Pradelles that you can visit at your leisure. In addition to these villages, there are other less well-known picturesque villages to visit and where you can enjoy a quiet day in the alleys that make up them. There are also a few abbeys, chapels, Romanesque churches and rock castles to add to the charm of the region. It is thus possible to visit the Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette and learn more about the history of this internationally known man. For museums, visit Mont Mouchet to visit the memorial and museum of the resistance of the Second World War or the museum of paleontology. Finally, why not learn about the history of the Beast of Gévaudan by exploring the forests and villages. Very close to the Allier, you can find an artificial lake, Lake Naussac, where whatever the season, you will have an incredible view from the shores of the Naussac plan on the lake.