The Alps, France
The Alps Is Land of snowcapped peaks & icy-blue lakes…….
One of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world, the French Alps stretch from Lake Geneva in the north to Provence in the South. The area is divided into two regions – Savoy and Dauphiné.
Savoy is home to Europe’s highest mountain – Mont Blanc. Whether you’re a ski enthusiast, a hiking fanatic or just want to enjoy the stunning scenery, this part of France will provide you with unforgettable memories for years to come.
The city of Grenoble is the capital of the Alps. Enjoying a spectacular setting surrounded by Alpine peaks, Grenoble is a university city with a progressive reputation.
It is home to a number of interesting museums including the Musee de Grenoble which boasts an excellent collection of modern art. The attractive town of Chamonix lies at the base of Mont Blanc.
A winter ski resort since the turn of the century, the town has nine ski areas. Check out the huge Mer de Glace glacier – the second largest in the Alps. You can actually go inside it at the Grotte de la Mer de Glace.
The area around Chamonix also boasts some of the best hiking trails in the Alps. Savour the traditional Alpine village atmosphere of places like Morzine and Megeve.
The picturesque lakeside town of Annecy is a great base for water sports, hiking, and cycling. When all sported out, enjoy a stroll around the narrow streets of the old town, a swim in the lake or a visit to the town’s 13th-century castle.
Lying between Annecy and Grenoble, the town of Chambery is also well worth a visit. It is built around a 14th-century castle and has a charming old quarter and interesting museums. The town of Meribel nearby is at the heart of one of the biggest skiing areas in the world – the Trois Vallees which caters for skiers of all levels.
The 1992 Winter Olympics were held in and around the Trois Vallees. Don’t miss visiting the Parc National de la Vanoise.
France’s first national park, it is a breathtakingly beautiful region of Alpine peaks, lakes and glaciers. It is also home to France’s largest colony of Alpine ibex. For summer skiing, head for the resort of Les Deux Alpes.
Truly magical, the French Alpine region has something for everyone so even if you’re not the best skier about you’ll still fall in love with the region.