10 good reasons to choose Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region offers a collection of destinations to satisfy every taste, including Lyon, France’s famous gastronomic city, Mont-Blanc, the “roof of Europe”, the Ardèche and Drôme area, both reminiscent of Provence, the Auvergne with its immense tracts of land and range of dormant volcanoes. In the winter season, the famous ski resorts of the French Alps attract tourists from all over the world: Chamonix, Courchevel, Megève, Méribel, Val d’Isère, Val Thorens, etc..

1. Travel in time

Explore and admire the rich cultural heritage.
Among its many treasures: 10 Unesco sites, such as the historic site of Lyon, 20 "cities of Art and History" («Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire») and 22 "most beautiful villages in France" («Plus beaux villages de France»).

2. Gastronomy enthusiast

Savour and discover unique wines and food products.
The region boasts 90 Michelin star chefs including eight awarded three stars, 10 origin-protected vineyards including 3 internationally renowned names such as the Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône and Savoie wines. The region offers the largest PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) cheeseboard in France with 21 cheeses and has two cheese routes.

3. Down the slopes

Have fun with family or experience winter thrills.
With 173 downhill or cross-country ski resorts, the region boasts the world’s largest ski area with traditional Alpine villages to internationally famous ski resorts like Chamonix (External link) , Megève (External link) and Val d’Isère (External link) .

Must See: Chamonix, located at the foot of the Mont-Blanc, the Mer de Glace, the Aiguille du Midi and “Le Pas dans le Vide”: a glass cube, on the terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, at an altitude of 3842 meters, that allows visitors to see the void in an exceptional manner and admire the high views for an unforgettable experience.

4. Nature lover

Enjoy the unique and unspoiled landscapes.
The region is a Paradise with 9 regional natural parks, 2 national natural parks (la Vanoise, les Ecrins) and 49 natural reserves (32 national & 17 regional).

5. Lakeside dreamer

Go swimming, take a tour by bike, on foot or on roller blades.
Nestled beneath the Alpine peaks are three of the five largest lakes in France – lac Léman, known internationally as Lake Geneva, with spas and seaside resorts like Thonon-les-Bains (External link) , Evian-les-Bains (External link) and many fishing villages like Yvoire (External link) . Lac du Bourget, and its spas Aix-les-Bains: the largest and deepest natural lake in France, and Lac d’Annecy (External link) , considered as one of the purest lakes in Europe

6. On top of a volcano

Walk on one of the most famous volcanoes.
The Puy-de-Dôme offers unrivalled views over the Chaîne des Puys and Limagne fault tectonic arena, first French natural site in Mainland France to be listed UNESCO World Heritage, or the Puy Mary (1,797 m), the largest stratovolcano in Europe.

7. Outdoor addict

Discover Europe’s biggest natural adventure playground.
Among the varied and extensive choice of awesome activities, the most popular are hiking with 69 GR® routes and 77 GRP® routes, and cycling with over 820 km of cycle ways and greenways, including the legendary mountain passes of the Tour de France to be climbed.

8. Need to take care of yourself ?

Be surprised by health and wellness benefits provided by thermal spa waters. As many as 24 thermal resorts, almost a quarter of the total number in France, are set in the region to enjoy relaxing moments, with worldwide well-known such as Vichy (External link) or Evian (External link) .

9. City break addict ?

Be amazed by the vibrant mix of art, history, shopping and nightlife.
You are spoiled for choice: Lyon (External link) and its UNESCO World Heritage ; Clermont-Ferrand (External link) , nestled at the bottom of the volcanoes ; Grenoble (External link) , a city encircled by mountains ; St-Etienne (External link) , the only UNESCO Design city in France ; Valence (External link) , the old city with its pedestrian shopping streets ; Chambéry (External link) , a city of water with its medieval center built on stilts, and Le Puy-en-Velay (External link) , a city of pilgrimage.

10. Show Time !

Discover the sights, sounds, thrills.. By taking part in the iconic international events.
Design in Saint Etienne (External link) , Animation Film in Annecy (External link) , Street Theatre in Aurillac (External link) , Short Film in Clermont-Ferrand (External link) , Light festival in Lyon (External link) ...

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