Volcans d'Auvergne Natural Regional Park
63870 Orcines, France
Photo by Gerard Fayet Photographie
Volcans d'Auvergne Natural Regional ParkLocated in central France, the Auvergne Regional Park of Volcanoes counts 80 dormant volcanoes, known as the Chaine des Puys. They amount to a one-of-a-kind geological ensemble that’s comparatively youthful (the last eruptions occurred 7,000 years ago) and resembles a lunar landscape. The area is popular with paragliders, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers; more than 2,100 miles of trails offer up amazing panoramas. The Puy de Dome is the highest volcano (4,800 feet), accessible via the Chemin des Muletiers 1.1-mile trail or a small train-shuttle. At the top, you’ll discover the remains of the Roman temple of Mercury.
Within this pristine nature preserve also lies a natural spring from which Volvic sources its water. A filtration process through six layers of volcanic rock allows Volvic to gather naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals such as calcium and magnesium that yield a balanced pH of 7. At the Volvic village, you can get insights into the natural filtration system, while a factory visit decodes the bottling system. Consider that the first time Volvic water is in contact with air is when the bottle is unscrewed.