Cultural Service

The cultural service offers you many activities to deepen your encounter with French culture and enrich your stay.

Cultural events

Complete your language stay with our cultural events. Every Monday discover a new program and experience new adventures.

Gastronomic discoveries

Gastronomy is essential to French culture but it is above all an opportunity to taste new flavors and share convivial moments.

City Tours

Discover the French towns and villages. Discover their specialties, their histories and their typical architectures.


Several times a week visit a natural, historical or recreational site and deepen your knowledge of French culture and geography.


Thanks to its infrastructures, sport is an integral part of the city of Vichy and the CAVILAM – Alliance Française. Share this passion with us !

Big events

Throughout the year, the CAVILAM Alliance Française invites you to participate in international cultural events in the vicinity of Vichy.

Cultural events

Visit of Vichy

Every Monday, discover Vichy through its history ! From the Roman period to the present day, from the Allier to the thermal spas, enjoy a pleasant walk along the streets and monuments as soon as you arrive.

International evening

A dance, a song, a sketch … All the students of CAVILAM – Alliance Française are invited to discover their culture through their traditions and their artistic talents during a great evening show.

Collective sport

Twice a week, after classes, join us for two hours of sport at the Célestins’ gymnasium. Every Tuesdays and Fridays show your skills in basketball, badminton, football and volleyball !

Outdoor Shows

The courtyard of the CAVILAM – Alliance Française is transformed every summer into an artistic scene. Concerts, theater or dance performances are offered in an exceptional setting.

International Tastings

In the summer, two international tastings are organized by and for our students. Discover and share the gastronomic and culinary heritage by enjoying traditional dishes from around the world !

Dancing evenings

End the week and start the weekend with a dance. Every Friday evening come to dance and have fun in the dancing evenings organized by our team.

Gastronomic discoveries


Begin the week around croissants and pain au chocolat by taking part in the breakfast offered every week to the CAVILAM – Alliance Française’s students.

Nebout Vineyard and Saint-Pourçain

The village of Saint-Pourçain is known for its vineyards and wines that were once served at King Saint-Louis table. Discover, during a visit, the secrets of this wine.

Cooking workshops

Learn to cook crêpes, tarts or cakes … A friendly and tasty moment awaits you. After the preparation, comes the degustation !

Culinary traditions

From the galette des rois in January to the bûche de noêl in December, passing by the crêpes of the Chandeleur, there is always a reason to discover the traditional French dishes each season.

Tastings of regional products

Come and taste the products of our region: charcuterie, auvergnats products, cheeses … Red, white and rosé wine will accompany all these products !

Macaroons tastings

Who does not know macaroons? This key players of the French pastry will reveal their palette of tastes and colors to you !



Come and practice your swing at the Sporting Club of Vichy. All the charm of the tradition on 5km of wooded and flowered landscape.


Take the height and fly from tree to tree thanks to this tree-climbing course that combines thrills and discovery of the fauna and flora.


Come discover the joys of this water sport in an artificial environment. Aboard a raft, you will have to handle the paddle and overcome the agitated river.

Horse riding

Horse riding is a very playful activity that offers a privileged contact with nature and animals. For small and large cavalry.

Ice skating

Warm up in the winter or cool off in the summer. Experience the joys of skating with friends in a magnificent 1,800-square-meter Olympic skating rink.

Beach volleyball

Just a stone’s throw from CAVILAM – Alliance Française, Vichy Plage offers you a wide choice of sports activities from which beach volleyball is the star !

City tours


Discover a city of art and history with its facades, fountains, Gothic cathedral and Romanesque basilica, then stroll through the narrow streets in the many shops on Rue des Gras or Place de Jaude.

Saint-Nectaire et Besse

Saint-Nectaire is a spa that owes as much its notoriety to its beautiful Romanesque church as to its cheese to the taste of hazelnut. Continue this walk and discover the picturesque village of Besse.


A commercial and cultural crossroads, the capital of Gaules is a must for its architectural and artistic richness. The district of “Vieux Lyon” is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has many treasures to discover.


Capital of the Bourbonnais and the department of Allier, Moulins offers you beautiful walks through its medieval cobbled streets. You can admire the remains of the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon as well as the famous triptych of the Maître de Moulins in the cathedral.

The Puy-en-Velay

The Puy-en-Velay is built in the heart of an ancient volcano! During this day which will take you to the south of the Auvergne, admire the old center of Puy-en-Velay with its colorful houses and at the top of the city the cathedral inscribed on the world heritage of humanity.


Classified among “the most beautiful villages in France”, Charroux is the only one to possess this tourist label in the department of Allier. This old strong and commercial square has many other arguments to make, like its renowned mustard and its redolent candles.


The Puy-de-Dôme

The Puy-de-Dôme is a dormant volcano of the Chaîne des Puys, listed in the UNESCO world heritage. It is about fifteen kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand and gave its name to the department of Puy-de-Dôme.

The castles of the Allier

There is an infinite possibility of visits castles from Vichy. Private dwellings still inhabited or national museums, go back in time and compare the styles.

Gour de Tazenat

It is a crater lake in the shape of a circle. According to legend, the depth of the lake, which translates as “gour” in the Auvergne, would never have been discovered …

The Pal

Thanks to its new attractions offered every year and its 700 animals from all continents, Le PAL confirms its title as the most famous amusement park in the center of France.


Experience the awakening of the volcanoes of Auvergne, immerse yourself in the discovery of underwater volcanoes, face the raging elements and legendary creatures with the attractions of the Vulcania park !

Disneyland Paris

Discover the magic of Disney World at Disneyland Resort Paris, where “dreams come true” with its theme parks and the Disney Village !

Big events

Festival les Cultures du Monde

Cultures of the world have an appointment in Gannat! For 42 years now, Gannat is the center of the world in the heart of summer. Come dance and sing with the cultures of the world.

Star Wars Generations & Sci-fi

Sci-fi fans, especially Star Wars, have been meeting at Comic-con of Cusset for nearly 20 years. Come to discover a galaxy far, far away next to Vichy.

Grand Prix CAVILAM – Alliance Française

Enjoy horse racing in an exceptional setting. Music groups, entertainment and other activities will accompany this evening.

International Short Film Festival

Attend the screenings of the world’s biggest short film festival and discover the international film productions every year in Clermont-Ferrand.

Fêtes Renaissance du Roi de l’Oiseau

Every year in September, the high town of Puy-en-Velay takes its most beautiful Renaissance colors to make you relive a 16th century life!

Festival of Lights (Lyon)

Lyon, a high-place of creation, welcomes each year young lighting designers who create their works in Lyon, then export them all over the world.

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