The city of Clermont-Ferrand came into existence with the union of two distinct towns, Clermont and Montferrand, initiated by Louis XIII and confirmed under Louis XV. For many years, despite the official decisions to unite the towns, Clermont and Montferrand were two municipalities on either side of the present-day Avenue de la République, separated by an empty area that has only just been urbanised.
Clermont-Ferrand has lots to offer. Its heart, nicknamed the Butte Centrale (Central Hill), has two sides to it. To the east, between the Place de Jaude and the cathedral, there are mainly leisure attractions and shops. To the west, the district of Le Port boasts impressive heritage around its Romanesque basilica. Stroll into Old Clermont and discover some real treasures, including private townhouses, picturesque little courtyards, Baroque fountains, ornate facades, balustrades, stair towers, and much more.
Clermont-Ferrand is bound to enchant you with its heritage and its cultural engagement. Since 2015, the metropolis has been working to secure the title of European Capital of Culture 2028, the next year the title will be given to a city in France.