Map of places to visit in Rhone-Alpes

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Rhone-Alpes below the map...

 
 

Abondance:

It will be the mountain scenery around Abondance that dominates your visit, but be sure to also visit the Saint abbey and its cloisters in the town

Abondance guide

Ailhon:

The beauty of Ailhon is the chance to follow the footpaths through the forests between the separate hamlets

Ailhon guide

Aix-les-Bains:

Aix-les-Bains is one of the best preserved 'belle-epoque' spa towns in France

Aix-les-Bains guide

Alba-la-Romaine:

Larger than many of the Ardeche villages, Alba-la-Romaine also has a very picturesque historic centre to explore

Alba-la-Romaine guide

 
 

Albertville:

Albertville is a large active town, with Conflans, a pretty village on the hill above, the highlight

Albertville guide

Alpe-d'Huez:

The well known ski station of Alpe d'Huez is also famous for the Tour de France mountain climb that takes place here

Alpe-d'Huez guide

Annecy:

Annecy is a very lovely town with a great deal to enjoy, enhanced further by the mountain backdrop

Annecy guide

Anse:

The quiet town of Anse retains some Roman remains that hint at its importance 2000 years ago

Anse guide

Antraigues-sur-Volane:

Antraigues-sur-Volane is a small medieval perched village, with most activity centred around its central square at the top of the hill

Antraigues-sur-Volane guide

 
 

Aubenas:

The Chateau d'Aubenas and the belvedere next to the castle are the highlight of your visit to the town of Aubenas

Aubenas guide

Aubres:

The cobbled paths, vaulted passages and ancient arches entice you to further explore the small village of Aubres

Aubres guide

Avoriaz:

The use of local materials for building and the stunning location make Avoriaz one of the most popular Alpine ski resorts

Avoriaz guide

Bagnols:

Bagnols village with a castle is one of the pretty villages to explore in the Beaujolais region

Bagnols guide

Balazuc:

After exploring ancient Balazuc you descend further to reach the Ardeche river

Balazuc guide

Banne:

The exceptional views from Banne are the highlight, and the streets of the small village and castle ruins are also highlights

Banne guide

Beaufort:

Beaufort is one of the smallest Alpine ski resorts, which attracts skiers looking for a more 'personal' experience

Beaufort guide

Belleville:

Not an important tourist town, Belleville does have a couple of sites of interest if you are nearby

Belleville guide

Belley:

The cathedral and adjacent historic centre are the highlight of your visit to Belley

Belley guide

Bonneval:

At Bonneval, listed among the 'most beautiful villages of France', you can discover a very traditional mountain village

Bonneval guide

Bourg-en-Bresse:

As well as exploring the cathedral and town centre of Bourg-en-Bresse, allow time to visit th nearby Royal Monastery of Brou

Bourg-en-Bresse guide

Chambery:

Chambery is a very lively university town which is very pleasant to visit and explore

Chambery guide

Chamonix:

One of the most famous Alpine ski resorts, Chamonix is very close to Mont Blanc

Chamonix guide

Courchevel:

Courchevel, ski resort in the 'Three Valleys region', is also popular with summer mountain visitors

Courchevel guide

Cremieu:

With some of the most extensive medieval ramparts in France, Cremieu also has an interesting historic centre

Cremieu guide

Crest:

The castle keep and its views are the most unmissable highlight when you visit Crest

Crest guide

Desaignes:

The ramparts, medieval gateways and village centre are the highlights of your visit to Desaignes in the Monts d'Ardeche Regional Natural Park

Desaignes guide

Deux-Alpes:

Les DeuxAlpes is one of the longest established and most popular Alpine ski resorts

Deux-Alpes guide

Divonne-les-Bains:

A pleasant 19th century spa town, Divonne-les-Bains also now has a leisure lake and golf course

Divonne-les-Bains guide

Dombes:

The Dombes, with thousands of small lakes, is perfect for fishing and bird-watching

Dombes guide

Ecrins National Park:

Ecrins National Park is a very popular and very scenic National Park in the heart of the French Alps

Ecrins National Park guide

Eveux:

Eveux, in the Rhone, is visited for the La Tourette Monastery designed by Le Corbusier

Eveux guide

Evian:

Evian is a very lovely town, also well known as a spa town and for the bottled water from here that is famous worldwide

Evian guide

Gorges de l'Ardeche:

The Gorges de l'Ardeche are one of the most scenic highlights in France, whether following the road along the rim or canoeing along the river

Gorges de l'Ardeche guide

Grenoble:

Known as the 'capital of the Alps', Grenoble has a great deal of interesting sights. Don't miss the cable car!

Grenoble guide

Grignan:

As well as the castle that dominates the hillside village of Grignan you will also discover various other places of interest

Grignan guide

Jaujac:

The most unusual characteristic in Jaujac is the deep river gorge running through the centre of the village

Jaujac guide

Joyeuse:

Explore the castle and medieval centre of Joyeuse - then head to the river beach to cool down!

Joyeuse guide

La Clusaz:

La Clusaz is one of the smaller ski resorts and very popular with French families

La Clusaz guide

La Garde-Adhemar:

Lovely views, a medieval garden, a 12th century roman style church are just some of the highlights in La Garde-Adhemar

La Garde-Adhemar guide

Labeaume:

Both the medieval village and the river beach combine to make Labeaume very rewarding to visit

Labeaume guide

Lake Annecy:

The towns, villages and scenery around Lake Annecy make it an exceptional region to explore

Lake Annecy guide

Le Poet-Laval:

The cobbled streets of ancient Le Poet-Laval are pedestrianized, which adds further to the appeal of this lovely village

Le Poet-Laval guide

Les Arcs:

Centred around Bourg-Saint-Maurice and within the Paradiski ski region, the Les Arcs ski ae is always very popular

Les Arcs guide

Les-7-Laux:

Its proximity to Grenoble means that the ski resort of Les 7-Laux is busy throughout the winter season

Les-7-Laux guide

Lyon:

Lyon has all the impressive buildings and monuments, museums, shops and restaurants that you would expect from one of the most important towns in France.

Lyon guide

Malleval:

We found Malleval to be one of the loveliest villages in the Regional Natural Park of Pilat

Malleval guide

Megeve:

Megeve is among the most prestigious of the French ski resorts and also an active town

Megeve guide

Mens:

The small town of Mens is quite isolated but certainly worth exploring if you are nearby

Mens guide

Menthon Saint Bernard:

After exploring the quaint village of Menthon-Saint-Bernard you can hire a boat to explore the shores of Lake Annecy

Menthon Saint Bernard guide

Meribel:

Part of the extensive 'Trois Vallées' ski region, Meribel is extremely popular and has many activities available

Meribel guide

Meyras:

Smaller than many of the Ardeche villages, you will see an ancient covered passageway and a couple of trompe l'oeil paintings in the centre of Meyras

Meyras guide

Mirmande:

The medieval vilage of Mirmande retains its original ramparts and it really is one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'

Mirmande guide

Montbrun-les-Bains:

The medieval centre of Montbrun-les-Bains, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France', is fascinating to explore

Montbrun-les-Bains guide

Montelimar:

The town of Montelimar is famous worldwide for its nougat - be sure to sample some!

Montelimar guide

Morzine:

Morzine is a popular ski resort within the Portes du Soleil ski regionin the northern Alps

Morzine guide

Naves:

Stroll through the pretty village of Naves and you will see progressively more ancient houses disappearing back into the landscape

Naves guide

Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette:

The church and mountainous setting of Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette are the second most important pilgrimage destination in France

Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette guide

Nyons:

The lively lower town and the narrow streets around the castle in the old town combine to make Noyons a pleasure to visit

Nyons guide

Oingt:

Completely renovated in recent years, Oingt is one of the prettiest villages in the Beaujolais wine region

Oingt guide

Palais Ideal:

One of the most unusual monuments in France, the Palais-Idéal is a fantastic creation that incorporates many different styles

Palais Ideal guide

Pelussin:

The Chateau de Virieu and the old market hall are among the highlights when you visit Pelussin

Pelussin guide

Perouges:

The hillside walled town of perouges is among our favourite villages to be found in France

Perouges guide

Pont d'Arc:

The small beach and beautiful setting make Pont d'Arc a very beautiful and popular site

Pont d'Arc guide

Pont-en-Royans:

The centre of Pont-en-Royans, with medieval houses along the cliffs above the river gorge, is the highlight for visitors

Pont-en-Royans guide

Privas:

Privas is not a major destination but a visit is leasant when you are exploring the Ardeche countryside

Privas guide

Provencal Drome:

This region of Drome is famous for its lavender fields, typically associated with Provence to the south

Provencal Drome guide

Puygiron:

The small castle and pretty gardens add further to the charm of the small village of Puygiron

Puygiron guide

Romans-sur-Isere:

The Collegiale church of Saint-Bernard is the highlight of a visit to the large town of Romans-sur-Isere

Romans-sur-Isere guide

Saint Gervais Les Bains:

It is the views of, and access to, Mont-Blanc which is the principal attraction of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

Saint Gervais Les Bains guide

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye:

The village of St Antoine l'Abbaye, best known for its abbey complex, is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye guide

Saint-Etienne:

Originally an industrial town, regeneration of the Place Jean Jaures, the cathedral and the town centre in Saint-Etienne now make it a pleasant town to visit

Saint-Etienne guide

Saint-Montan:

Climbing the steep cobbled streets to the castle at the top of the village you see lots of lovely houses in ancient Saint-Montan

Saint-Montan guide

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez:

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez, now a 'most beautiful village in France' is unusual because it started life as a series of monastery buildings

Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez guide

Sallanches:

While Mont-Blanc and the mountain scenery is the main attraction, Sallanches itself is pleasant to explore

Sallanches guide

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval:

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and most visited for the easy access to several very scenic natural highlights

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval guide

Tain-l'Hermitage:

A town for gourmands, Tain-l'Hermitage is visited for its excellent local chocolates and the Cotes-du-Rhone wines

Tain-l'Hermitage guide

Talloires:

Talloires is one of the most lovely of the villages on the shores of Lake Annecy

Talloires guide

Theize:

The quiet village of Theizé makes a pleasant detour when exploring the Beaujolais wine region

Theize guide

Thonon les Bains:

Tourist activity here at Thonon-les-Bains on Lac Leman is based around the lakefront, views across the lake, boat-trips across the lake...

Thonon les Bains guide

Thueyts:

Thueyts is more 'renovated' than many of the Ardeche 'villages of character' and has lots of architectural highlights

Thueyts guide

Tignes:

The ski resort of Tignes is made up of several smaller, interconnected villges

Tignes guide

Tournon-sur-Rhone:

In Tournon-sur-Rhone there are several interesting monuments to explore and also the Eden Parc woodland garden and views

Tournon-sur-Rhone guide

Trevoux:

The quiet town of Trevoux in Ain has several historical monuments paying testament to its past importance

Trevoux guide

Val d'Isere:

Home to the Alpine Ski World Cup and part of the Espace Killy ski region, Val d'Isere is a very international ski resort

Val d'Isere guide

Val Thorens:

The high altitude skiing at Val Thorens mean it has a longer season than many ski resorts in the Alps

Val Thorens guide

Valence:

Although the famous local vineyards are the main attraction there is a great deal of interest in Valence itself

Valence guide

Vallon Pont d'Arc:

Because of the proximity to the Gorges de l'Ardeche and the lively holiday atmosphere Vallon Pont d'Arc is a good base for exploring

Vallon Pont d'Arc guide

Valmorel:

The low-rise buildings and traditional materials help preseve the charm of the ski resort of Valmorel

Valmorel guide

Vanoise National Park:

The stunning mountain scenery in the Vanoise National Park ensure its year around popularity with outdoor enthusiasts

Vanoise National Park guide

Veyrier du Lac:

The port area is among the highlights in this pretty village on the banks of Lake Annecy

Veyrier du Lac guide

Vienne:

The combination of both Roman and medieval monuments in Vienne make it one of the most interesting towns in Isere

Vienne guide

Viviers:

The town of Viviers contains some interesting buildings and a nice view across the Rhone, although the town is also rather neglected in places

Viviers guide

Vogue:

Dominated by its castle, the beautiful village of Vogue is one of our favourite Ardeche villages

Vogue guide

Yvoire:

The village of Yvoire on the banks of Lake Geneva is extraordinarily pretty and one of our personal favourite French villages

Yvoire guide