Les Ombrages - Chambres in Pléaux, Cantal, France
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Sights and Activities

Nestling between the Dordogne and the Monts du Cantal, Pleaux is a small market town situated some 5 hours south of Paris. The town has some fine Medieval buildings, a good range of shops and bars, medical facilities and a pharmacy. There is also a very helpful Tourist Information Office, equipped to help you discover this wonderful but secret part of France.

Situated in the centre of Pleaux, Les Ombrages is ideally placed for those wishing to explore the town or use the extensive leisure facilities, without having to drive.

Tennis, pétanque and mini-golf are all available within 5 minutes easy walking distance of Les Ombrages, as is the large open air swimming pool, which is open in July and August. The pool has a separate paddling area for non-swimmers and is supervised.

For watersports enthusiasts, Lac Enchanet is just 15 minutes relaxed drive away, whilst powerboat enthusiasts can head for St. Etienne Cantales, some 35 minutes from Les Ombrages. The nearby Maronne and Dordogne rivers have trout & coarse fishing, sailing, swimming and canoeing - so there is a lot to do!

Horse riders are also well catered for with two local “Classical” riding schools, plus the very well reputed “Western” stable – ‘Elevage du Sagiran’ , www.sagiran.net

Organised childrens activities are run by Pleaux throughout July and August allowing parents to go off and explore whilst the younger family members are occupied, and there are local fetes and events throughout the year.

There is a fortnightly street market (normally on 13th and 27th of each month) where stalls sell local honey, fish, vegetables, livestock, cheese and charcuterie, as well as furniture, clothing and wine.

The countryside around Pleaux has a number of well marked cycle, mountain bike (VTT) and walking routes of varying difficulty, and the woods, paths and country roads that criss-cross the area allow the more adventurous to make their own discoveries.

Sightseers will not be disappointed. Short car journeys take you to numerous castles and chateaux, the famous Route de Fromages, Puy Mary, Salers, The Dordogne, Auvergnes spectacular Volcanic Parcs and Aurillac—home of the annual Festival International de Theatre de Rue.  
Finally, in winter, a full range of alpine sports is just over 1 hours drive away, including cross country and downhill skiing, paragliding, tobogganing and quadbiking. Ski and equipment hire facilities are available in resort.
To find out more or to book your special holiday, please write, e-mail or call us at:
"Les Ombrages", Rue D'Empeyssine, 15700 Pleaux (France), 00 33 (0)4 71 40 47 66

Photographs copyright of Josie Shackleton, 2005