Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region



After the fusion of two regions of Southeast-Central France, we have the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Offering a huge number of natural and historical attractions, the region is given an enchanting experience to the wandering souls. Equipped with superficial snow covered mountains, beautiful lakes, lush plains and numerous castles and historic regions the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is definitely not to be missed at all.



Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: Historical attractions

Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere
Notre Dame de Fourviere

The region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes preserves great cultural heritage. It proudly owns the some of the country’s finest castles, cultural villages and prehistoric cathedrals.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, built on the Fourvière hill also known as the ‘praying hill’ is famous for its architecture that is a combination of the Romanesque and Byzantine styles. The interior is equally fascinating with the slender turrets, crenellated walls, stained glass, colored mosaics and the marble work. The Basilica is a symbol of Lyon and a must visit in the region. The city of Lyon itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site offering numerous historical work of art. If you are a fan of museums, Musée des Hospices, Musée des Tissus, museum of Fine Arts and museum of contemporary art are just a few examples.

Saint Jean Fourviere Lyon

If you happen to be in Lyon in December, watch out for the Lighting festival when the whole city is lighted paying tribute to the Virgin Mary for saving them from the black death back in the 17th century.

The Postman Cheval's Ideal Palace is another must visit of this region. This surrealist masterpiece was built by Ferdinand Cheval himself. A true wanderer shall not miss this exquisite piece of art.

You may also walk along the beautiful countryside of the Rhone valley and reach up to the ruins of the Crussol castle that still tall amidst the lush hills of the dale.

Not enough!

Take a tour of the beautiful terraced valley in the train du Vivarais at Tournon. The steam engine will take you back in ancient times. You can also go for a delightful day trip in the old towns of Lyon and Annecy. They not only display the history but gives you a thorough experience of the culture and traditions of this part of France.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: Natural attractions

Aiguille du midi
Aiguille du Midi

The region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is blessed with serene natural beauty making ideal holiday spots for families and those who want to escape the metropolitan life and relax.

Let’s begin with the waterfalls. Some of the must visit waterfalls are Cascade de la Pisserotte, cascade de la Beaume, Cascade de Glandieu and Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme. Listen to the sound of the falling water and enjoy the soul-filling serendipity.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is home a number of picturesque lakes. Lac Aneccy, Lac d’Aiguebelette (third largest lake of France), Lac du Bourget, Gour de Tazenat and Lac de Palardu are just a few examples of the prettiest water reservoirs of the region. Le Pont d'Arc can also prove to be an amazing cannoning and other water sports experience besides its scenic view.

Refuge du gouter
Refuge du gouter

Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park offers abundant charming beauty with the volcanic sites and lush green plains. It is an ideal hiking site in the region. After seeing all the greenery step in to Vanoise National Park for an amazing skiing experience. The central part of the Park is for the hikers and the rest is for the adventurous skiers. Riding the summit of Aiguille du Midi will be the most refreshing tour while exploring this region. Reach the highest point of Europe on the Mont Blanc and see how amazing the world looks from there.

European Ski School, SnowLimits Ski School and Reflex Ski School are some of the family skiing resorts, providing excellent snowboarding experience.