On the foothills of Le Cézallier

Molèdes lies along the Sianne valley and can be reached via the gorge of the same name, dotted with Gallo-Roman bridges. Above the village, we enter the vast expanses of Le Cézallier and its pasturelands.

A volcanic past

From rocks to volcanic conduits!

The area’s volcanic past can be clearly seen: the Rocher du Renard and the Rocher de Saint Roman were formed by basaltic flows, as was the Cheminée de Giniol volcanic conduit, which can be seen from the roadside. Come and explore some of this volcanic heritage by following the hiking trails:

Brèche de Giniol, Molèdes

Brèche de Giniol, Molèdes

And the rest of the year?
Remains and reconstructions

A recently restored church

The church of Saint Léger de Molèdes is a Romanesque building that was extended in the 16th and 19th centuries and underwent a 3-year restoration campaign from 2003 to 2006. The entire altarpiece has been restored with its polychrome statues from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the Calvary painting, which has been returned to its original position in the centre of the altarpiece. These works can be admired inside the building. 



The Tour de Colombine

Places filled with mystery

When you approach Molèdes, you’ll be greeted by the Tour de Colombine, a square tower standing at over 1,000 m on a castle mound with its moat and archaeological remains. This tower, which probably dates back to the 12th century, has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1992, and will soon undergo restoration work and improvements to its access.

Tour Colombine à Molèdes

Tour Colombine in Molèdes

Brèche de Giniol, the highest point in the Massiac region

In the heart of the wilderness, this volcanic site is yours to explore. An orientation table to help you find your way around and marvel at the unique panoramic views over the Sianne valley and the Monts du Cantal. Go to Brèche de Giniol and discover the magical role of the ringing stone known as the Pierre de Tintarelle.

Brèche de Giniol, Molèdes

Brèche de Giniol, Molèdes