Le Puy Mary

Puy Mary,
Grand Site de France - Cantal volcano

Located in the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne in the heart of the Massif Central, Puy Mary has been awarded the “Grand Site de France” label since 2012. This site, home to Europe’s largest volcano, is characterised by its sheer size, purity, rarity and authenticity. Its summit stands at an altitude of 1787 m, by no means the highest, but it is one of the most spectacular. The star-shaped valleys around this pyramid-shaped site are a delightful combination of nature and heritage.

Puy Mary, the perfect holiday destination

A well-preserved and landscaped site

Puy Mary has been awarded the Grand Site de France label and is committed to the sustainable preservation of its environment.

This fragile environment dictates the need to carefully manage its attractiveness to tourists. The site, which is very popular with visitors, has been the focus of a number of special amenities, including footpaths and outdoor activities, as well as communication campaigns on respect for the environment organised by the nature wardens of the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne.


GR400, at Puy Mary

Hiking, the Grand Site’s signature activity

Reaching the summit of Puy Mary

The ascent is made from the Col routier du Pas de Peyrol mountain pass along a specially prepared path. This is the perfect way to take in the breathtaking scenery. Once at the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a 360° view of the Cantal volcano and the Puy mountain range. You’ll relish this moment set amidst the mountains!

Allow 01 hour 30 minutes for the round trip

And our little recommendation?
For the more intrepid, the sunrises and sunsets are grandiose! It’s a unique moment in the day when the sky reveals all the beauty of its landscapes. 

Ascension du Puy Mary

Climbing Puy Mary

Access to Puy Mary via the GR® 400 for the day or as a touring route

For the more athletically inclined, Puy Mary can be reached via the Gr®400, a unique experience on the Cantal volcano.

From Le Lioran, 06 hours for the round trip

From Murat, in 8 days to cover the full length of the Gr®400

From Mandailles-Saint-Julien, Le Claux and Le Falgoux in 2 days

Brèche de Roland, between Puy Mary and Peyre Arse

How to get to the Col routier Pas de Peyrol mountain pass

The Pas de Peyrol mountain pass is open from May to October.

By car

  • From Murat, 22 km 
  • From Aurillac, 39 km
  • From Salers, 22 km

By motorhome

Access to the Pas de Peyrol mountain pass is subject to specific traffic regulations for these vehicles.

By shuttle (summer only)

Shuttles are available from the 15th of July to the 27th of August. They help reduce the number of vehicles parked at the Pas de Peyrol and make it easier for hikers to get from valley to valley.


Navettes Puy Mary ©Puy d'Images

Puy Mary shuttles ©Puy d'Images

Col de Pas de Peyrol Puy Mary

Col de Pas de Peyrol mountain pass - Puy Mary