The Massif Central is located in the middle of France. Nature lovers really appreciate this huge mountainous region which is perfect for excursions into the picturesque nature. Off the beaten tourist track, you can find silence, repose and a nearly untouched and very photogenic natural beauty. Besides exploring the breathtaking landscape, you should definitely grab your camera or sketchbook and visit one of the picture-perfect Auvergne villages. They were built from greyish-black basalt and they offer some fantastic perspectives for stunning photos or paintings. Discover beautiful Romanesque churches and picturesque castles from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.