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Fanny Debrun

Rhône-Alpes, a multifaceted region

Fanny Debrun, founder of French Flair, a travel agency

Fanny Debrun, founder of French Flair, a travel agency in the Rhône-Alps region.

A multitude of incredible landscapes are waiting to be discovered just 2 hours from Lyon. You'll find something to suit every taste!

Why is Lyon such a strategic starting point for tourism in the region?

The region offers a multitude of incredible landscapes to be discovered just two hours from Lyon including the mountain chains and lakes of the Isère and Savoie, the hills and vineyards of the Pierres Dorées region in the Beaujolais area, fascinating towns synonymous with art and history such as Pérouges and Vienne, not forgetting the Mediterranean atmosphere to the south with the Drôme and its lavender fields and dry stone villages. There really is something to suit every taste!

What is there to do in the Rhône-Alps ?

Sports people can take part in all kinds of mountain-related activities in the summer or winter, including skiing, hiking, via ferrata, rambling, paragliding, white water sports such as rafting or canyoning, or the many activities waiting to be enjoyed in the great alpine lakes.

For families, there are plenty of amusement parks, leisure areas and lakes but also the chance to head down the Ardèche gorges by canoe or visit the astonishing "Palais idéal du facteur Cheval" (Postman Cheval's Ideal Palace) in the Drôme.

Heritage lovers can also discover towns brimming with history such as Annecy, Lyon or Vienne.

Finally, there is also the possibility to embark on a spot of avant-garde tourism at the Cité du Design (design centre) in St-Etienne, the Nuits Sonores Festival and the Biennial Contemporary Art festival in Lyon.

When is the best time to visit the region?

The region is interesting whatever the time of year. In the summer you can bathe in its amazing lakes or attend a huge choice of festivals such as Jazz à Vienne or the Nuits de Fourvière. In the autumn you can discover Lyon's biennial festivals and explore the Beaujolais vineyards. In the winter you can go skiing in some of France's finest resorts or admire the magnificent Festival of Lights on December 8, in Lyon. And in the springtime, you can discover the Vercors plateau or stroll through old Annecy.





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