Nature activities in Rhône-Alpes

  • Young hikers (Mauriennne)

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    Young hikers (Mauriennne)

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  • The Pont d'Arc - the starting point of the Gorges de l'Ardèche

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    The Pont d'Arc - the starting point of the Gorges de l'Ardèche

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  • Marmot in the Alpes

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    Marmot in the Alpes

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  • A small village on the shores of Lake Annecy

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    A small village on the shores of Lake Annecy

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  • Hiker in the Sun - Alpes

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    Hiker in the Sun - Alpes

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  • Chalet in the mountains - Alpes

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Martine Prunevieille

    Chalet in the mountains - Alpes

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Nature activities in Rhône-Alpes 69000 Lyon fr

Stretching along the two banks of the river and up to the highest summits, from the vineyards of the Drôme and the gorges of the Ardèche to the glaciers of Mont-Blanc, from the ponds in the Dombes (in the department of the Ain) to the Vanoise peaks, the region is full of sources of wonder and amazement, remarkable landscapes and countless open-air leisure activities. Rhône-Alpes has five regional nature reserves: Monts du Pilat and Monts d'Ardèche on the one hand, and three pre-Alpine ranges on the other: Vercors, Chartreuse, Bauges. These bastions of limestone rock are majestic sights to see (canyons and cliffs, sharp ridges, plateaux of pasture land). Even greater are the two national parks between Dauphiné-Ecrins and Savoie, which boast outstanding Alpine scenery. And naturally, the beauty and prestige of the Pays du Mont-Blanc, from Chamonix to Megève, completes this exceptional mountain landscape. In the valleys, the countryside is no less beautiful, with the "Riviera" feel of the lakes of Annecy and Le Bourget / Aix-les-Bains. A feast for the eyes!

Hiking

With both hills and mountains, hiking is immensely popular in this extraordinarily varied environment. The GR 5 (also known as the GTA) crosses all the powerful Alpine massifs, from Lake Geneva to the Mercantour. It is also the start of several "satellite" loops like the GR 55 around the Tour de la Vanoise or the GR 50 around the Tour des Ecrins, crossing lively high mountain pastures or impressive masses of rock. The GR 9 explores the Pre-Alp massifs from Chablais to Diois. And everywhere, the paths stretch out to infinity in areas like Beaufortain or on the slopes of the Haute-Maurienne; then, of course, there's the famous Ardèche (GR 4 and GR 7 and other regional GR provide 1,400 km of marked paths).
Those who love nature can follow in the footsteps of a hiking guide to discover the little secrets of nature or even rope up with a mountain guide to attempt a more ambitious climb, sometimes even higher than 4,000 metres.

Cyclotourism

The high plateaux of the Vercors or the southern hills of the Drôme are some of the top destinations for experienced mountain bikers. Elsewhere, there are many approved sites and ideas for tours that go all the way up to the undulating landscapes in the north of the Isère or the Ain. The bike path that follows the banks of Lake Annecy is also one of the "classic" Green Routes. Other paths exist, such as the Beaujolais Green route and sections of the future "Via Rhôna." Between the Rhône and the Alps, nature's resources seem inexhaustible.

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