Walking Holidays in the Rhone-Alpes
Stretching from the banks of the River Rhône to the peaks of the Alps that border northern Italy, the Rhône-Alpes offers a host of contrasting and unforgettable vistas. Whether heading into the nation’s second city, Lyon, or hiking beneath breathtaking mountains, a walking holiday in the Rhône-Alpes presents the perfect opportunity to uncover quintessential French charm and stunning natural beauty.
Over 40,000km of walking trails cross the region, with an abundance of mountain hikes available to those with a penchant for discovery and dramatic panoramas. The Savoie region in the east is blessed with some of the most mesmeric views in Europe; those seen from the Aiguille du Midi across to Mont Blanc are among the best. Some peaks are snow-capped even in summer, but it is during the winter months that the pure, elegant wonder of the Savoie becomes truly awe-inspiring.
Charm and culture
For something more sedate, a journey south across the high plateau of the Ardèche reveals towns and villages that epitomise French charm. Villages such as Lamastre, St Ciege sous le Cheylard, and Tournon are surrounded by landscapes that are typically Mediterranean in appearance, with huge expanses of open countryside inviting keen hikers to explore further. Lyon, meanwhile, reaches out to a host of surrounding towns to form a metropolitan area that cements its status as the capital of the Rhône-Alpes. With a rich and fascinating history, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has no shortage of architectural landmarks.
Such is its diversity, both in terms of landscapes and cultural influences, that only walking holiday in the Rhône-Alpes can unveil some of the many secrets of this remarkable land.