Olloix is a
small French village of 300 inhabitants located in the heart of
Olloix is a
district of the
Coming from Clermont, Olloix is reached by a very picturesque and winding road called the ravines road. At the exit to the ravines, you arrive in Olloix by the square of the Croix de Pierre. The main part of the village is built alongside the departmental road D74. As most of the new constructions are located outside the historical part, Olloix has kept all its charm and is most appealing to visitors.
The countryside around Olloix has retained all its wildness and the rocky area in its lower part is a delight for children.
Most visitors arrive in Olloix by the departmental road D119, called the ravines road.
The ravins road (D119)
Entrance to Olloix
In the twelfth century, a commandery of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem settled down in Olloix. All that remains today are sections of the towers and walls. The chapel of the commandery has now become the chancel of the church of Olloix. From that time, the church has kept the recumbent figure of Saint Gouérand, commander of Olloix, and a piéta supposedly brought back from the East by the Knights in the sixteenth century.
A view of the church from the old cemetery
Remains of the commandery of Olloix
Chancel of the church of Olloix
Side chapel of the church of Olloix
The piéta of Olloix
The recumbent figure of Saint Gouerand
In the north of the village of Olloix, the small torrential river has carved very picturesque and wild gorges into the granite rocks.
The old bridge of Riberolle in the Monne gorges
The Monne in the gorges
In the nearby areas of the village of Olloix, nature has kept its wildness which is most enjoyed by ramblers.
Rocks in the lower part of Olloix on a stormy day
A view of the massif of Sancy from Olloix
A view of the Puy de Dôme from the summit of the puy d'Olloix
A view of the Limagne plaine from Olloix
The "maison de la Monne" : Monne House
The camping site of Olloix
The Grange aux Ayres bed and Breakfast
The Grange aux Ayres garden
An ideal place for swimming, boating and angling : the Aydat Lake, 12 kilometers from Olloix