Located in the South East of France, the region of Rhône-Alpes features spectacular mountains and countryside in contrast to its thriving towns, such as its capital, Lyon the second-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris. The city is considered the true gastronomic home of France and also has more museums than any other city in the country, along with two UNESCO sites – the old town and Fontvieille. Ideal for a short break, other cities in the region include Grenoble, St. Etienne and Valence.
Winter sports and skiing can be enjoyed in the Alps mountain range, with slopes for all levels of ability. Only a two hour flight from the UK, the region is an ideal winter getaway destination. For a less active holiday, the destination encompasses more Provencal landscapes in the Drôme and Ardèche, where lavender fields and chestnut trees scatter the countryside. The home of French nougat in Montélimar is another popular place to visit.
Water is a key feature throughout the region, home of Evian, with the Rhône and the Saône rivers flowing through it, along with beautiful lakes such as Annecy and Lake Léman. Wine lovers can enjoy the selection of famous vineyards, including Macon, Beaujolais and Tarn l’Hermitage.
1-9 Courtesy of Rhône-Alpes Tourism