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Guide of the Alps

Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Alps

Guide of the Alps - Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Alps

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!

Guide of the Alps


The Brou royal convent, gothic masterpiece, the Dombes lakes, the Saracen chimneys in Bresse, and the charming medieval town of Pérouges are among the gems to be discovered in the Ain.


The département of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence offers visitors plenty to see and do, ranging from its wonderful Provençal villages, such as Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Lurs and Simiane-la-Rotonde, to the lavender landscapes of the Valensole plateau, through the Verdon gorges.


Famous for its Riviera, the département of the Alpes-Maritimes is also well known for its inland countryside recognised for its relaxed pace of life, its hilltop villages and its mountain relief.


Boasting many beautiful natural sites, the Hautes-Alpes offers plenty for those who love wild scenery, including enjoying the realm of mountains and all associated sports activities, while benefiting from many sunshine hours.


The Haute-Savoie boasts numerous remarkable sites, such as the famous Mont-Blanc, the highest peak of Western Europe, Lake Geneva lined with spa towns, prestigious winter and summer sports resorts, and the city of Annecy, nicknamed the Venice of Savoie with its wonderful lake.


Combining beautiful natural sites and historic sites, the Isère offers visitors its important heritage, with the Vercors massif, the City of Art and History of Vienne, the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park, and Grenoble, a city of Art rich in museums.


The famous winter sports and summer resorts, the vast ski resorts attracting skiers from all over the world, and the Vanoise massif, true paradise for the fans about mountain hiking, are just some of the features that make the Savoie a perfect destination for sporty types and nature lovers.

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