FRANCE AUVERGNE PUY DE DOME Vulcania cone

Vulcania [European Park of Volcanism, route des Mazayes, +33 820827828, www.vulcania.com, ad/ch €21-24.50/15-17 (seasonal pricing)] is a few kilometres west of Clermont Ferrand and is a popular tourist attraction in this area. This large multimedia complex is dedicated to the main natural sight in the Auvergne region-volcanoes; their workings and how they are formed.  Indeed, most of the theme park is dug into a real volcanic plug.

One of the key attractions is a 4-D fillm The Awakening of the Auvergne GIants, and the overall tenet of the park is distinctly pedagogic. It is the only educational volcanic theme park in the world!