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Things to see in Rhône-Alpes
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Enogastronomy

Forget delicate stomachs and atrocious charts indicating a dish's numbers of calories; the cuisine in the Rhônes-Alpes region is made for hearty eaters who enjoy great food! You don't leave the table until you're full, and then it's time for some liqueur. The cuisine is comprised of cooked meats, poultry (with controlled designation of origin ), nougat, and chestnuts combined with other products to create traditional dishes from Lyon, made famous by the culinary art of the 'Mères Lyonnaises' (cooks for the bourgeoisie in the 19th century).

Arts and culture

The Rhône-Alpes region offers a wide range of cultural activities, ranging from history to biology and from ancient to modern art. As well as the Musée de Grenoble, which has one of the richest collections in France, those interested in this type of tourism can concentrate on Lyon, which is home to a museum of the Resistance, an aquarium, a museum of fine arts, and a modern art museum.

Monuments

The region also boasts several remarkable sites, like the largest wall fresco in Europe in Lyon and the royal monastery of Brou, a true artistic gem of Gothic architecture. On a completely different note, don't miss out on a visit to the cellars of Chartreux, where the liqueur of the same name is produced. Flavoured with herbs and fruit, the recipe is kept secret and known by only three monks.
The cultural centres of the region are Lyon, Chambéry, Annecy, Grenoble and Saint Étienne, home to the Arts et Métiers museums, which you absolutely must visit if you are interested in learning about the traditions of the region more in depth.

The fauna and flora

In addition, with its eight natural parks, two of which are national parks (Parc de la Vanoise and Parc des Écrins), the Rhône-Alpes region guarantees plenty of fresh air out in the heart of nature.
Located between Switzerland and Italy, the region's flora and fauna is very diverse; it attracts large numbers of visitors and enables the reproduction of various different species.

Activities and leisure

The mountains are one of the main centres of activity in this region. The Massif Central (which stretches to the hills of Beaujolais where the famous wine is produced) is a destination for winter sports and hiking in summer.
You're probably already aware by now that the biggest joy for the inhabitants of this region is sitting down to eat! To join in, choose from one of the many 'bouchons' typical of Lyon, which are small restaurants looking out onto the street where you can enjoy the specialities of the city and the region.