More than a third of France’s “sources” are in the Auvergne, and Volvic has to be one of the most famous names in mineral water. Hard to believe, but the town was in fact a relative late-comer to the spa business, with two of its main sources, “Goulot” and “Clairvic” only discovered in the 20th century. Before that, the town was better known for its superb black rock - andesite, used in the 13th century in the construction of the cathedral at Clermont Ferrand.

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