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La Vallee Des Saints: The Red Lands Of Auvergne


La Vallee des Saints: The Red Lands Of Auvergne

Located at Boudes, the Vallée des Saints spans 27 hectares listed as an “Environmentally Sensitive Area”. The geological heritage site of Vallée des Saints is unique in Auvergne and offers the promise of an exceptional walk. Fire-coloured fairy chimneys offer an almost cinematic journey reminiscent of the American Wild West. Flora and fauna flourish with over 17 species of orchid and dozens of rare butterflies, such as the Zygène de Panicaut with its blood-red stained wings. Around forty species of birds nest in the Vallée des Saints, such as the Short-toed Snake Eagle, which can be seen when the weather gets hot. Head to the Falaise des Mottes where you will see a palette of coloured sediments that tell millions of years’ worth of history…

Further information:
https://ens.puy-de-dome.fr/les-ens/vallee-des-saints.html