Found between Paris and the French Riviera, and bordering both Italy and Switzerland, you could say that Rhône-Alpes is at Europe’s crossroads.
For natural splendour there’s nowhere that can pack in so much: Three of the five largest lakes in France are set here, as well as the mythical Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe.
The largest ski areas in the world are in Rhône-Alpes, as well as a catalogue of spa resorts that attracted the first tourists to the region in the 19th century.
Despite the epic terrain, the road and rail network, as well as cable-cars and funiculars, grant you access to some of the most forbidding you’ll ever see.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Rhône-Alpes:
1. Winter Sport
There’s no debate: Rhône-Alpes is the world’s top winter sport destination.
Three Winter Olympics have been hosted by the region.
It also has several of the largest ski areas on the planet, including Les Portes du Soleil, Paradiski, Espace Killy and the gargantuan Trois Vallées, which has 600 kilometres of pistes.
If the statistics of these places make your head spin, you’ll be pleased to know that areas like Trois Vallées have adapted technology to make your ski holiday simpler: You can download apps that will plot runs for you depending on how long you want to ski for and your ability.