The Monts Domes are a chain of over 100 volcanoes covering a stretch of 30 km. The grand massif lies in the Auvergne, northwest of Clermont Ferrand, one of the most unusual landscapes in Europe. The sparsely populated mountain region offers impressive nature as well as idyllic villages with Romanesque churches. The highest mountain, the Puy de Dome, towers above the massif with its 1,495 meters. Already the Gauls believed that this mountain was sacred and the Romans built a Merkus-temple. The ascent starts from the Col de Ceyssat in the south and takes about an hour. On a clear day one can see Mont Blanc from the summit.