Montluçon, France

Montluçon is a town in the district of Allier, in Auvergne, France. Situated close to the geographic center of metropolitan France, Montluçon is also the biggest town in Allier district. The river Cher flows through town. Montluçon covers 21 sq km (8 sq mi) in area, and has a population of 39,500 people (2012 estimate). The history of […]

Clermont-Ferrand, France

Clermont-Ferrand is one of the major cities in Auvergne, France. It is located within the district of Puy-de-Dôme. Clermont-Ferrand covers 43 sq km (16 sq mi) and has a population of 141,000 people (2012 estimate), with a surrounding metropolitan population of 410,000 people. Clermont-Ferrand is situated in the Chaîne des Puys region, which contains a string […]

Aurillac, France

Aurillac is a town in the region of Auvergne in south-central France. The town is on the river Jordanne. It covers 29 sq km (11 sq mi) and has a population of 29,000 people (2012 estimate). How to go to Aurillac The nearest major city to Aurillac is Clermont-Ferrand. From there, take the A75 (E11) expressway heading […]


Île-de-France is the region of France encompassing the metropolitan area of Paris. The name literally means the “isle of France”. It is the wealthiest, most densely populated of the 26 administrative regions of the country. Île-de-France covers 12,012 sq km (4,637 sq mi) and has a population of 11.7 million people (2011 estimate). As such, […]

Lourdes, France

Lourdes (map) is a small market town that has become a famous Catholic pilgrimage site. It is located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, in the Midi-Pyrénées region, in southwestern France, near the border with Spain. More on Lourdes Lourdes owes its celebrity to the visions of the Virgin Mary that came to a 14-year-old girl, Bernadette […]