At the heart of the Combrailles, water is part of the heritage. Whether for fishing, leisure or hydrotherapy, water has always been a key resource for economy and tourism in Combrailles. For years, people have known to tame water to live in harmony with the nature.
A paradise for fishing lovers
From North to South, there is plenty of water spots with a large variety of fishes like trouts, carps and pikes. Fishing lovers will be filled with joy.
The Sioule River and its tributaries are also remarkable spots for fishing and especially fly-fishing. L’étang de Tyx, in the South of Coeur de Combrailles offers a remarkable fishing spot.
Châteauneuf-les-Bains, the Spa Town of Combrailles
Water has curative properties at Châteauneuf-les-Bains. The water sponging from 22 spots over this area is used to cure rheumatism since the end of the 19th century. Treatments are provided in a spa fitted with all the facilities and located by the river, in the heart of the classified arboretum.
The Fades Viaduct, the giant of Combrailles
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Fades Viaduct and its railway have been constructed in order to develop the local industry by crossing the Sioule river valley. At the time of its inauguration, the viaduct was a technical achievement with its 133 meters in height and its 470 meters in length. Nowadays, its 92 meters in height towers remainthe tallest bridges piers ever built in traditional masonry.
Water, natural architect of the Combrailles landscapes
Over the times, the Sioule river has crafted the landscape by drawing meanders. The most impressive of these bends is the Queuille Meandre. It is a natural border between the districts of Queuille and saint-Gervais d’Auvergne. Less known but still impressive, the falls of Gour Saillant and 3 Cuves are hidden treasures by the side of the water. It’s possible to uncover these peaceful places through pedestrian hiking.