Montaigut-le-Blanc

Montaigut-le-Blanc is a commune of Puy-de-Dôme that we visited on 28 December (2019) (after strolling through the Grottes de Perrier). It was apparently built c. 1000 by the Saint-Julien people on a "Mont Aigu" (sharp peak) who established a fortress there to protect themselves, which developed into a castle that is however nowadays private and not opened to visit (although you can apparently sleep there as a "gîte"). The last noble (de Laizer) to live there have been fled during the French revolution with the effect of one of them discovering the now famous eau d'Évian.

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The village makes for a nice walk, although it affords better sightings from a distance. We actually ended spending more time in the playground of the camping at the foot of the village (with a coffee & hot milk provided by campercita) where we had the visit of puppies who stayed a good while with us, making our prompt departure hopeless.