Falaise Malmouche

Puy de Dôme  >  France

Cliff with hiking area above (ideal for seeing European Bee-eater landing high up) and beach area below.

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Most recent update 12 October 2021
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Falaise Malmouche (the cliffs of Malmouche) are the work of the wild river Allier. Years of erosion on a hill made of limestone have formed a 15 meter high cliff. It is the highest in the entire Val d'Allier between Brioude and the confluence with the Loire. The steep cliffs make it a protected habitat for birds that nest in this place. There are some 200 nests of Sand Martin. But also Common Kingfisher nest here and several dozen European Bee-eater. Because you can walk along the upper side of the cliff you have a chance to see the birds from above. A great way to observe the European Bee-eater colony without disturbance. Other birds you can see around the cliffs and along the river are Black-crowned Night Heron, Grey Heron, Black Kite, Blackcap and Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Français: Falaise avec zone de randonnée au dessus (idéale pour voir les guêpiers qui se posent en hauteur) et zone de plage en dessous. Ses 15 m de haut en font un habitat protégé pour des oiseaux qui nichent à cet endroit. Ce sont quelques 200 nids d'hirondelles de rivage installés sur la paroi, des martins pêcheurs, plusieurs dizaines de guêpiers d'Europe viennent en mai pour passer l'été et repartir vers l'Afrique pour l'hiver et beaucoup d'autres espèces sont visibles aux alentours (cormorans, hérons, aigrettes)



Start from the village of Cournon d'Auvergne and go up towards the cliff by following the yellow hiking markings. The walk is about 3 km one way from Cournon d'Auvergne.


Français: Partir de la zone municipale de cournon d'auvergne et remonter vers la falaise en suivant les balisages de randonnée (jaune).

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , River , Canyon/cliff


Sandy , Rocky , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Summer , Spring

Best time to visit

Summer , Spring


Unpaved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


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Birdwatching hide / platform



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