Rhone Alpes is located in France. It shares the border with Switzerland and Italy. One of the highest and famous mountain peaks of Europe, which is Mont Blanc, is also located in Rhone Alpes. The central part comprises the river valleys of the Rhone and the Saone. Western part of the Rhone Alpes contains the start of the Massif Central mountain range. The region also contains major lakes such as Geneva and Lake Annecy. The deepest gorge of the Europe is also situated in the region.
Every year, the region attracts hundreds of millions tourist from all over the world. It is home to alpine peaks, protected vineyards, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites and vibrant cities. The unique cuisine to untouched nature, pristine environment attracts tourist to roam around it. There are many reasons to visit Rhone-Alpes (no matter what the season). Further more the Rhone-Alpes has many things for you.
Home of Wine
It is home to 10 organic protected vineyards and around 20 michelin-started restaurants. The internationally renowned wines that are Cotes du Rhone, Beaujolais and Savoie are produced in this region.
You can treat yourself to a fine cosine experience by sharing the glass of local wines with local dish too.
Skiing and Snowboarding
If you are adventurous person and extreme sports fan, you must visit Rhone-Alpes during the winter season. You can choose from nearly two hundreds resorts in the region, making it Europe’s top destination for skiing and snowboarding. If you want more daring routes, consider staying near Les 3 Vallees or Via Lattea.
The place is also renowned for being home to some of the world’s best winter resorts. Especially, during the month of summer and winter you will explore such majestic nature. Rhone Alpes is also the home of 9 regional parks, 2 national parks and 49 natural reserves. Nature enthusiast peoples can be paradise year-round.
In facts, lakes are arguably just as the stunning part of the region. It is home of 3 of France’s largest lakes. The internalionally known Lake Geneva (local name Lac Leman is located here. And also the one of the Europe’s Purest bodies lake Lac D’ Annecy is located. However, Thonon-Les-Bains is popular lakeside beach resort in Rhone-Alps. You can soak up the sun as the gentle water lap the shore or rent a boat to see the great vistas of regions’ mountains. Geneva is less than 1 hour from here by car.
Truly the region is the biggest adventure hub in Europe. In addition it has nearly 800 hiking trails. It boasts over 820 km of greenways and cycling routes. You can do mountain biking, road racing or cycle touring, there’s route for you in this vast French region. The beginners might prefer the trails surrounding the nearby Lake Annecy. And the main impotent thing is you can climb the legendary passes of the Tour de France. However the region’s most challenging yat top-rated cycling routes is the Alped’Huez Loop, which covers over 60 kilometers.
Particularly, the most visited cities of the Rhone Alpes are Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, St-Etienne and Grenoble. If you want to explore one of the less touristy communities, Chambery is the best option. Which is less crowded. And Le Puy-en-Velay city is popular for pilgrimage. Lyon is the largest city with population of over half million. Moreover, the 40 museums, that offers to explore city’s culture and history.