With 1.3 Million Inhabitants Auvergne is a green region located in the centre of France, in the geographical area famous for its very old volcanos and called Massif Central. It is 26000 km2 and gathers 4 departments : Allier, Cantal, Puy de Dome and Haute Loire. Montluçon is located in Allier. The regional capital is Clermont-Ferrand. So Auvergne is a mountains region with highest point Puys de Sancy (1886m). It also has many lakes and rivers. Clermont-Ferrand its capital city is one of the oldest city in France (63BC) and the 18th biggest French city. It has 400 000 inhabitants. Michelin (tires constructor), agriculture (8.5% of employment (=2x the national average)) and tourism are part of Auvergne economy. Favorite tourism activities in Auvergne are water-cure in the many thermal cities (Vichy, La Bourboule, Neris-les-bains, etc.) of the region, ecotourism and ski in its famous ski resorts (Le Lioran, Superbesse, Mont-Dore.) Auvergne people support the rugby team ASM Clermont-Ferrand. The city of Vichy with its hughe sport complex organise and host many international sport events every year. Traditional Auvergne food is made of cabbage, potatoes, cheese. The region is famous for its cheeses, whom five are appellation of protected origin (AOP): Saint-Nectaire, Cantal, Salers, Fourme d’Ambert, Bleu d’Auvergne. Auvergne is a nice place to go for tourism thank to its nices places to visit, its nature and healthy environment, its great food and its many sports opportunities.
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