THE NORTHERN ALPS


Chamonix, Grenoble, Albertville.. Needless to say you will find numerous buildings and facilities and some excellent levels. As to the choice of your resort, there is a whole range: family resorts, sports resorts, traditional charm or excellent modernity, resorts in medium of high mountains, resorts for beginners or experienced skiiers. This is your great winter meeting place, but don't forget that in the summer too the mountain has many possibilities! Pont-en-Royans

It's via The Pre-Alps That Everything Begins..

The first mountainous frontier of the Alps, the average altitude is 2000 meters and the landscapes impressive.. Le Chablais, green like its beautiful meadows and its forests dotted with typical chalets.. Lake Leman offers a microclimate, beaches to enjoy and excursions to Switzerland arranged. Thonon-les-Bains, the chateau of Ripaille and of Allinges, even the medieval market town if Yvoire with its old dwellings above the lake. Then there are the valleys of Drances, the resorts of Chatel and Morzine and Avoriaz with their excellent facilities, the resorts of the Massif du Giffre, Samoens and Flaine.

The spectacular relief of Bornes with its cols and mountain pastures; it is here that the famous "reblochon" (mild cheese) is made. Go along to the resorts of Grand Bornand and la Clusaz. The great Chartreuse a veritable natural fortress, peaks and ridges such as that of Charmont Som and the famous Monastere, birthplace of a famous plant liqueur...

Arrive in the Vercors via its charming and impressive routes and admire the chain of gorges, forest, and waterfalls. And, jutting out on its own, like a calcareous fortress, Mont Aiguille. Enjoy the beautiful resort of Autrans, its verdant valley in a forest setting.. for cross-country skiing. The villages here are fascinating; that of Pont-en-Royans, at the foot of the gorges, has its houses suspended in the cliff. The Vercors is a great symbol of the French Resistance during the second World War, the latter being commemorated in the museum and cemetery of Vassieux.

Alongside Gorges, Lakes and Charming Villages

Dive into the calm waters of the lake Annecy; blur and pure, it is ideal for bathing and water sports. And enjoy Annecy with its canals and its old town with former painted dwellings. The lake of Bourget, inspired Lamartine "Oh time, suspend your flight" with its changing colors and thrilling wooded banks. In Chambery Vallee Blanche-Chamonix with its streets lined with porticos, stands the chateau of the Dukes of Savoie. See Aix-les-Bains, its Corot and Degas and, overhanging the lake.. the abbey of Hautecombe. Set off for the great resorts, and some unforgetable excursions.

Grenoble, capital city of the Alps. Its telepherique will take you up to the Fort of the Bastille. Stendhal was born here. The town is also a center for contemporary art.

The Upper Mountains, The Greatest Skiing Area In The World !

Chamonix, the capital town of mountaineering, a blend of Victorian architecture and mountain chalets, whose telepherique will take you to the summit of the Aiguille of the Midi. The awe-inspiring massif of Mont-Blanc; this is the roof of the Europe of outstanding beauty elegant strength and prestigious summits. Mountaineers from all over the world meet here. Up there is the Sea of Ice, a vast expanse of glaciers. Megeve meets the stars..

La Tarentaise, represents all the modernity of a vast skiing area on the slopes of the massif of la Vanoise. Val d'Isere, of course, and also the resorts built in the mountain pastures providing accommodation at the foot of the pistes, such as Tigne.

Large resorts: les Arcs, la Plagne, Meribel, les Menuires or Val Thorens at altitudes of 2200 metres. And if you are a lover of luxury there is the famous Courchevel. Lovers of unspoiled nature should visit Beaufortin; here the bell towers with their rounded domes preserve the authenticity of the region, and in the mountain pastures, so verdant, they make a truly great cheese: the beaufort..

Annecy La Maurienne, with its villages of stone, its roofs with heavy tiles of shale; in the summer make the most of your stay in order to discover its important baroque heritage. There are some superb massifs: Sept-Laux and Belledonne with Chamrousse. Oisans is breathtaking with its dizzy walks high up in the mountain; you can ski all year long, intensive skiing, skiing on glaciers: the sun-drenched Alpe d'Huez, and Deux-Alpes with its "Dome Express", a futuristic funiculaire which propels you to a height of 3500 meters.. Bourg d'Oisans, gateway to the Nature Reserve of Ecrins overlooking 6 touristic valleys. In the summer. holidays here are superb, dynamic: activities around the lakes, races in the upper mountains to conquer the glaciers. Discover the fauna and flora in the reserve...

This region has a wealth of spa towns.


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