Surrounded by dormant volcanoes and with buildings made from black lava stone, Clermont-Ferrand is the capital of the Auvergne region. The city was originally two towns, Clairmont and Montferrand, which were joined by Louis XIII.
Although the city is not really a tourist town, it is nonetheless an attractive city. It has some interesting highlights and one of the most active music scenes in France and is a good base for exploring the Auvergne. As one of the oldest cities in France, Clermont-Ferrand has a long history that has left a mark on its contemporary image.