Among the natural beauty of Les Combrailles lies historical sites, including theManor of Veygoux, the childhood home of General Desaix that today is an interactive museum dedicated to the French Revolution.
The Combrailles is also a land of castles, including the impressive Chateau Rocher overlooking the Sioule River and the 12th century Chateau Dauphin with its impressive gardens. Also discover the churches of the area, Menat Abbey, a cluniac site, the unique capitals of the Saint-Pierre church in Biollet, and the painted interiors of the Saint-Légerchurch in Montfermy.
Also of note is the town of Chateauneuf-les-Bains, a pleasant spa resort located in the Sioule gorges, a part of the Massif Central Spa Trail.
The locals are particularly attached to biodiversity and to the protection of the Combrailles area’s natural resources. This flair for skilled work can be clearly seen in the region's craft industries. The local artisans- potters, spinners, enamellers, ironworkers, sculptors and glassmakers possess unique know-how in their respective fields. Local traditions also live on through the village festivals, markets, fairs and concerts organised here throughout the year!
A single house peeks out of a swirl of mist, soft morning sunlight bathes a hillside in pink and orange light, heavy fog turns the landscape ghostly green and swirling mist.
This mountain glade in the Beskid Mountains in Poland is bathed in ethereal greenish light in Sobas's picture
Montaigut en Combraille, le chemin des jardins potagers
Vue depuis le chemin qui monte au parc du village de Montaigut
Un escalier en pierre qui va vers les jardins potager de Montaigut en Combraille
Banc de pierre du chemin de ronde
Chemin de ronde dans sa partie du quartier médiévale de Montaigut en Combraille
Every single picture tells a different story where the light and conditions are the main characters such as these rolling hills shrounded in mist
The first rays of sunlight turns the clouds pink and the land orange image of this village
The top of a hillside emerges like an island from a sea of mist from this picture
'When I was taking these pictures I stood higher than these houses and was enjoying the sunlight. People who live in these houses slept tight in the darkness of mists.'
The winds were moaning in the night.
Cypresses and poplars rise out of the mist while in the foreground a villa sleeps
Village de Montaigut en Combraille prise de la colline voisine au sud. On peut y voir à gauche le beffroi, au centre l'église médiévale, et sur la colline la croix géante dans le parc du château.
A hillside is surrounded by clouds and mist while the distant shapes of mountains begin to emerge
Prés aux vaches et Rue de la gourgoule qui monte vers le quartier médiévale de Montaigut en Combraille
Far over the misty mountains cold
Vue sur les collines depuis le chemin qui va au parc du château de Montaigut en Combraille
Le parc du château à Montaigut en Combraille en Auvergne.
The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
Far over the misty mountains cold
A wooden hut peaks out of a grey landscape in this photograph from the Beskid Mountains
When he was taking these pictures he stood higher than these Polish houses and was enjoying the sunlight. People who live in these houses slept tight in the darkness of mists
Vieille maisons et tour médiévale rue de la porte de Montmarault à Montaigut en Combraille en Auvergne
This orange Tuscan villa perches on a mountain surrounded by cypresses and poplars, a splash of colour among the grey
The Beskid Mountains, Beskidy in Polish, are a discontinuous series of forested mountain ranges lying in the eastern Czech Republic, northwestern Slovakia and southern Poland.
They are popular for their historic wooden churches and skiing resorts.
A small but growing population of bears, wolves and lynx roam the mountains.
Tuscany, in the central and western areas of Italy, blends gently rolling hills leading on to sharply peaked mountains that pose a formidable barrier between Tuscany and regions to the south.
Autumn leaves and red roofs and green grass begins to emerge from the grey shroud covering this village
This house seems suspended in heaven as the mist surrounds it completely
Pont de Menat (Puy-de-Dôme)