Rhone-Alpes places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Rhone-Alpes region. See also our Rhone-Alpes travel guide.

Abondance (Haute-Savoie)

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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

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Ailhon (Ardeche)

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

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Aix-les-Bains (Savoie)

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

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Alba-la-Romaine (Ardeche)

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

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Albertville (Savoie)

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

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Alpe-d'Huez (Isere)

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

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Annecy (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Anse (Rhone)

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

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Antraigues-sur-Volane (Ardeche)

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

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Aubenas (Ardeche)

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

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Aubres (Drome)

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

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Avoriaz (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Bagnols (Rhone)

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

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Balazuc (Ardeche)

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

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Banne (Ardeche)

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

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Beaufort (Savoie)

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

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Belleville (Rhone)

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

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Belley (Ain)

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

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Bonneval-sur-Arc (Savoie)

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

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Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain)

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

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Chambery (Savoie)

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

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Chamonix (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Courchevel (Savoie)

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

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Cremieu (Isere)

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

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Crest (Drome)

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

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Desaignes (Ardeche)

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

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Deux-Alpes (Isere)

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

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Divonne-les-Bains (Ain)

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

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Dombes (Ain)

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

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Ecrins National Park (Isere)

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

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Eveux (Rhone)

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

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Evian (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Gorges de l'Ardeche (Ardeche)

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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

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Grenoble (Isere)

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

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Grignan (Drome)

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

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Jaujac (Ardeche)

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

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Joyeuse (Ardeche)

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

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La Clusaz (Haute-Savoie)

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

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La Garde-Adhemar (Drome)

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

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Labeaume (Ardeche)

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

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Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Le Poet-Laval (Drome)

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

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Les Arcs (Savoie)

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

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Les-7-Laux (Isere)

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

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Lyon (Rhone)

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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.

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Lyon Old Town (Rhone)

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In Vieux Lyon there are numerous impressive townhouses of the 16th century, a cathedral, and picturesque paved streets to explore

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Lyon Presqu'ile (Rhone)

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The Presqu'ile region of Lyon is characterised by 19th century architecture and upmarket shops

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Malleval (Loire)

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

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Megeve (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Mens (Isere)

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

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Menthon Saint Bernard (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Meribel (Savoie)

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

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Meyras (Ardeche)

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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

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Mirmande (Drome)

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

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Montbrun-les-Bains (Drome)

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

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Montelimar (Drome)

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

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Morzine (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Naves (Ardeche)

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

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Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette (Isere)

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

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Nyons (Drome)

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

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Oingt (Rhone)

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

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Palais Ideal (Drome)

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

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Pelussin (Loire)

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

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Perouges (Ain)

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

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Pont d'Arc (Ardeche)

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

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Pont-en-Royans (Isere)

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

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Privas (Ardeche)

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

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Puygiron (Drome)

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

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Romans-sur-Isere (Drome)

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

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Saint Gervais Les Bains (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye (Isere)

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

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Saint-Etienne (Loire)

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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

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Saint-Montan (Ardeche)

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

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Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez (Loire)

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

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Sallanches (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Haute-Savoie)

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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

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Tain-l'Hermitage (Drome)

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

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Talloires (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Theize (Rhone)

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

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Thonon les Bains (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Thueyts (Ardeche)

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

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Tignes (Savoie)

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

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Tournon-sur-Rhone (Ardeche)

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

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Trevoux (Ain)

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

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Val d'Isere (Savoie)

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

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Val Thorens (Savoie)

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

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Valence (Drome)

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

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Vallon Pont d'Arc (Ardeche)

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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

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Valmorel (Savoie)

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

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Vanoise National Park (Savoie)

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

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Veyrier du Lac (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Vienne (town) (Isere)

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

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Viviers (Ardeche)

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

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Vogue (Ardeche)

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

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Yvoire (Haute-Savoie)

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

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For more information see the Rhone-Alpes guide


Tourist attractions to visit in Rhone-Alpes

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...


Aquarium de Lyon

Aquarium du Lac du Bourget

Grand Sites of France

Aven d'Orgnac

Cirque de Sixt Fer a Cheval: Tourist guide

Gorges de l'Ardeche: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Historic Lyon: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Balazuc: Tourist guide

Bonneval: Tourist guide

Mirmande: Tourist guide

Oingt: Tourist guide

Perouges: Tourist guide

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye: Tourist guide

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval: Tourist guide

Vogue: Tourist guide

Yvoire: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Brou Royal Monastery

Voltaire Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours



Cremieu: Tourist guide

Crest: Tourist guide

La Roche-sur-Foron

Nyons: Tourist guide




Sallanches: Tourist guide

Trevoux: Tourist guide


Regional Natural Parcs


Massif des Bauges

Monts d'Ardeche



Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Chambery: Tourist guide

Lyon: Tourist guide

Viviers: Tourist guide

Theme Park

Walibi Rhone Alpes

Towns of Art and History

Albertville: Tourist guide

Annecy: Tourist guide

Chambery: Tourist guide

Grenoble: Tourist guide

Saint-Etienne: Tourist guide

Valence: Tourist guide

Vienne: Tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Aix-les-Bains: Tourist guide

Annecy: Tourist guide




Evian-les-Bains: Tourist guide

Megeve: Tourist guide







Valence: Tourist guide


Yvoire: Tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Jardin zoologique de la ville de Lyon

La Ferme aux crocodiles

Parc animalier de Courzieu

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Parc zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine