Many towns in the Auvergne region are renown for their thermal baths, which have attracted visitors since Roman times. Saint-Nectaire, for instance, features spas like Thermadore that draw on the surrounding natural springs and their mineral-rich waters. But it’s perhaps best known for the cheese that bears its name. Saint-Nectaire is one of five AOC—Protected Designation of Origin—cheeses developed in the Auvergne region. It’s a semi-soft cheese traditionally made by women and left to age on rye mats, which contribute to the taste (hazelnut is another noticeable flavor). You’ll find the cheese for sale and incorporated into local menus, and you can even pay a visit to the Ferme Bellonte to witness the pressing of the cheese.
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