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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lyon defends its status as the country's third largest city, in particular for the diversity of attractions it proposes. Some addresses are an absolute 'must' for tourists passing through the administrative centre of the Rhône-Alpes region.
The region is home to a vast area reserved for skiing, with internationally-renowned resorts like Chamonix, Val d'Isère and Tignes.
The inhabitants are also passionate about football, in particular thanks to the performances of the Olympic Lyonnais club as well as the numerous clubs scattered around the territory.