A destination favoured by lovers of mountain landscapes and outdoor activities, the Alps and their exceptional natural heritage are a paradise for hikers and fans of adventure sports. From walks in the Vanoise National Park to cross-country skiing in Bauges, through climbing in the Mont-Blanc massif and water sports on the lakes of Aiguebelette, Annecy, Le Bourget and Serre-Ponçon, you will be spoilt for choice on holiday here. Meanwhile, downhill skiing fans won't know where to go first, so numerous are the winter sports resorts in the French Alps! Less athletic visitors can also enjoy the wonders of nature by travelling along the famous Grandes Alps road, an exceptional itinerary that includes mountain passes at altitudes of over 2,000 metres! And to unwind, nothing beats a rest on the beaches of the Alpine lakes, or a pampering session at the thermal spas of Aix-les-Bains, Brides-les-Bains, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains or Uriage-les-Bains.
While the Alps boast countless natural treasures, its built heritage is not to be outdone, with Chambéry, the city of the Dukes of Savoy, Annecy, the Savoyard Venice, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the mountaineering capital, as well as Grenoble and its museums, Mont-Dauphin and its stronghold, Bonneval-sur-Arc and its old stone houses, Briançon and its fortifications, Saint-Véran and its picturesque chalets, or La Grave and its sloping streets.
As you explore the Alps, you can also enjoy the fine culinary products and specialities that have made this mountain region famous: cheese, charcuterie and wines from Savoy, diots, tartiflette, raclette, farcement, tourtons, Savoie cake and tarte des Alpes, all bursting with flavours to delight your taste buds!