Vichy is a town that exudes an air of luxurious elegance; famed for its exquisitely eclectic architecture and sublime selection of spas, the town is a glamorous getaway for those seeking serenity and solace. Vichy’s cultural scene is almost as rich as its residents, many of whom reside in the opulent and ostentatious rivers that line the riverfront; alluring art galleries, a world-renowned opera and a plethora of outdoor sculptures speak eloquently of Vichy’s artistic expression. In typical French fashion, Vichy refined restaurants are a tantalising treat for their taste buds, with their menus winning critical acclaim for freshness and flair.
Absorb the intriguing historic heritage of Vichy with a visit to the beautiful and baroque Chateau de Cordes, a sublime 17th century structure whose fabulous facade exudes imperial majesty. Manicured and majestic gardens surround the palace, the expanses of which feature fabulous fountains, blooming flowers and delicate sculptures.
The Vichy Opera House is undoubtedly the town’s most legendary landmark. Listed as a French national monument, the grand architecture of the opera huse create a sublime space for world-class musical performances to unfurl. Within, Italian inspired decoration smothers the walls in colourful extravagance, providing an imitable and ideal setting in which to observe ballets, classical concerts and operatic delights.
The innovative, internationally inspired food served at Maison Decoret has earned the restaurant and its revered head chef the esteemed accolade of a Michelin star. Delicately considered dishes pay homage to every subtle flavour, treating the senses to a banquet of flair and creative culinary techniques. Sample the tasting menu to experience the finest dishes of this exquisite epicurean experience. (15 Rue du Parc, 03200 Vichy, France)