France: The Cantal
The Monts du Cantal are the mountainous heart of the French département with the same name. Here, 13 million years ago, a huge volcano formed. With a diameter of 65 km it was as large as the Kilimanjaro in Africa, twice the size of Mount Etna and therefore the largest volcano in Europe. Later, during the Ice Ages, glaciers carved valleys into its slopes. And because the volcano was a perfect circle, nowadays they radiate from the centre like the spokes in a wheel. There are 20 spokes and all have their own character, which makes a visit the Cantal very varied. With 26 inhabitants per km2 the Cantal is above all green. A paradise for hikers. And for cheese lovers, because the Cantal has the juiciest grass of France.