This large, forested region of central France is known for some surprising things. It is home to about 500 stained glass-laden Romanesque churches that date back hundreds of years. It holds the largest volcanic region in Europe. And it has some of the best hiking territory in all of France. The green, rolling landscape is dotted with lakes and historical stone villages, and marbled with rivers and quiet country lanes. The heart of France, Auvergne beats to a slow, pastoral rhythm, providing visitors a portal back in time and a chance to truly unwind in breathtaking nature.