The region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, created through the fusion of the Auvergne and the Rhône-Alpes former regions, is a fantastic holiday destination in south-eastern France, offering natural beauties galore, quaint villages, vibrant cities and of course, those world-famous fine French wines…
This beautiful French region is made up of 12 diverse departments, stretching from the Swiss and Italian border to the centre of France. The region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the north-east.
Famous for the Alps mountain range in particular, the area is also a wine-lovers’ paradise with the renowned vineyards of the Rhône Valley! The valley stretches down from Lyon to north of Orange in Provence.
The Rhône-Alpes region was named after the historic Rhône and the Alps mountain range. Today, the Rhône department, scattered with rolling hills and vast vineyards, is a hugely desirable destination.
The region’s capital city of Lyon is one of the largest metropolitan areas in France and a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. As France’s second largest city, Lyon offers a fantastic array of historic architecture to explore on your holiday to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, including the landmark Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Place des Terreaux square, bordered with significant buildings such as Lyon City Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.
In fact, Lyon is a paradise for history-lovers, with a plethora of fantastic museums on offer! For a blissful break from sightseeing, head to the stunning Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of the largest urban parks in France, covering around 117 hectares. Take a scenic boat ride on the park’s lake in the summer months and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty here throughout the seasons…
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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a brilliant ski destination too! Many of the popular Alpine ski resorts here can be found in the pretty department of Savoie, with its quaint mountain villages, spa towns and beautiful capital city of Chambéry.
As one of France’s largest ski destinations, the Isère department also offers some fantastic ski resorts, including a part of the French Alps. Explore the city of Grenoble, sitting at the foot of mountains between the Drac and Isère rivers.
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The Auvergne area of the region offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes in southern France, offering grass-topped (dormant) volcanoes, luscious forests and deep river gorges. The ancient province is filled with mountains and valleys, known for its rich historic heritage and fantastic outdoor activity offerings.
Its capital city of Clermont Ferrand is a great area to explore here, located at the foot of the dormant volcano Puy-de-Dôme. The city is one of the oldest in France, offering beautiful, panoramic views of the volcanoes as well as family-friendly attractions and brilliant hiking opportunities. See our holiday homes and apartments in and around Clermont Ferrand today!
Or head to Ain, bordered by the rivers Saône and Rhône, for epic landscapes in the north of the region, sharing a border with Switzerland. Discover its capital, Bourg-en-Bresse, with its magnificent churches and charming old centre, perfect for those quiet holiday moments, away from the bustling crowds…
The climate across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region varies considerably, with the Alps covered in snow from late December through to May and sunny, warm summers (the hottest months of July and August can soar over 20*C).
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