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Travel to Rhone-Aples, France's Alpine heartland

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Travel guide

With:
- Eight departments (Haute Savoie, Savoie, Isère, Ain, Drôme, Rhône, Loire and Ardèche).
- an area, a demography and an economy representing approximately a tenth of France.
- two National Parks: Vanoise and Ecrins.
- six Regional Parks: Vercors, Pilat, Chartreuse, Haut-Jura, Bauges, Monts d'Ardèche.
- the highest summit in Europe: Mont Blanc, at 4,808m.
- three of the five largest lakes in France: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy.
- the largest skiing area in France: 3 Vallées, Portes du Soleil, Paradiski?
- the Ardèche gorges.
- more than sixty golf courses, making it the second most important region in this respect.
- the 'Bouchons', 'mères lyonnaises' and gastronomy of the mountains.
- the second most visited city in France:
- landscapes including high mountains, vineyards, valleys, flood plains and fields of olive trees and lavender.
What's missing from this region of superlatives? Maybe just a seaside?

Our Editorial team's advice

It is hard to believe that just one region can have so many different landscapes, activities and atmospheres; basically there is something for everyone.
Whether you want to go for a walk, practise some outdoor sports or just take in the fresh air, nature is everywhere. Fans big and small of fauna and flora will be delighted with the Pays de Gex and Valserine Nature Reserve, Écrins National Park, Pilat Regional Natural Park, Monts d'Ardèche Natural Park, Vercors Regional Natural Park, Contaminate-Montjoie Nature Reserve and the Grand Parc de Miribel-Jonage, which is one of the largest peri-urban parks in Europe.
The 19-mile canyon that makes up the Ardèche Gorges is paradise for thrill-seekers and fans of whitewater sports, whereas Mont Blanc will delight fans of the mountains, both in summer and winter.
For a more relaxed and cultural holiday, the region's heritage is vast and plentiful. The caves of Chauvet and Orgnac, the ancient city of Alba la Romaine (with its ancient theatre, its old villas and its statuary), the Royal Monastery of Brou and Mazan Abbey (a national heritage site) will take you back to another time.
As for tourism in the cities and towns, they are full of architecture and regional culture just waiting to be discovered, such as Grenoble with its Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saint-Claire Square, fortress of Bastille, Grenette Square and Jardin de Ville; Montélimar with its Old Town, its Château des Adhémar and its Nougat Museum; and Lyon for its gastronomy.
Of course, in winter tourists flock to the ski resorts of Alpe d'Huez, the 3 Vallées ski zone comprised of Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens, and the elegant and chic Megève. If you aren't deterred by the rather harsh climate of the Alps in winter, we recommend you hurry up and make your booking far in advance to make sure you don't miss out on some ski-filled holidays.

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What to see

Le nougat de Montélimar , The famous nougat of Montelimar , France
Le nougat de Montélimar
La fondue savoyarde , Fondue Savoyarde , France
La fondue savoyarde
Les mères lyonnaises , The 'mères lyonnaises' , France
Les mères lyonnaises
La châtaigne ardéchoise , This is not a sweet chestnut , France
La châtaigne ardéchoise
La charcuterie lyonnaise , Pork products from the Lyon region , France
La charcuterie lyonnaise
Les volailles de Bresse , Bresse poultry , France
Les volailles de Bresse
La liqueur de Chartreuse , France
La liqueur de Chartreuse
Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne , The Saint-Etienne Museum of Modern Art , France
Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne
Musée des Beaux-Arts , Museum of Fine Arts , France
Musée des Beaux-Arts
Aquarium du grand Lyon , Aquarium du Grand Lyon , France
Aquarium du grand Lyon
Centre d'histoire de la résistance et de la déportation , The Berthelot Centre , France
Centre d'histoire de la résistance et de la déportation
Musée de Grenoble , The Museum of Grenoble , France
Musée de Grenoble
Le Musée de la Grande Chartreuse , France
Le Musée de la Grande Chartreuse
Primatiale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon , At the foot of the hill , France
Primatiale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon
Les fresques murales , The 'wall of the writers' , France
Les fresques murales
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