The Allier departement is in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region
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Named after the river Allier which flows into the Loire.
The most productive agricultural area of the Auvergne, with a limited but interesting wine production.
The river Allier give verses into the Loire, has always played an important role in the history of the department. The house of the Bourbonais keeping a firm hand for many years. The tourism is also important economically with towns such as Vicy, famous for the thermal baths, and the very picturesque Moulins.
Towns and cities
The town is positioned to the north west of Lyon and lays on the banks of the river Allier.