Discover Rhone – Alpes!

Discover Rhone – Alpes! The Most Interesting Facts About Rhone – Alpes That Will Help You To Discover it better….

It has been over 1 year and a half that I have been living (and exploring!) France and Rhone Alpes especially! Starting with Lyon which is my place to be, I love to take part in activities around the city as well as go for trips to discover the French region more and more. So slowly I have been learning more about Rhone Alpes region of France…my new home and now  I would love to share my observations and knowledge with

Let me present you Rhone Alpes in an easy and compact way! Yes, I do love my bullet points! But can you resist them? They will keep it all ‘short and sweet’ & ‘well organized and interesting’. As I found out the Rhone – Alpes region is pretty  big, comprehensive and also too fascinating to be presented simply. So this is a reason I decided to choose Not All But The Most Interesting Facts About Rhone – Alpes That Will Help You To Discover it better….

Rhone – Alpes Region of France:

  • is one of the largest established regions in France (it is almost exactly the size of Denmark!)
  • has 6.2 million inhabitants (even more than Denmark: 5.5 million)
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  • represents eight departments:
    • the Rhône department (69) with f Lyon,
    • the Ain (01) with the Bresse plain and the southern part of the Jura;
    • the Haute Savoie (74)
    • Savoie (73)
    • the Loire (42)
    • the Isère (38)
    • the Ardèche, (07)
    • the Drôme (26)
By Oie blanche (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0]
  • became Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne with new bigger cities: Lyon, Grenoble and St. Etienne (2016)
capital of design
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  • has a Capital of Gastronomy: Lyon and Capital of Design (St.Etienne)
  • is the biggest ski area in the world (has more than 180 ski resorts. 6,000km of slopes)
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  • has two National Parks and six Regional Parks (covers over  600,000 ha of Natural Parks)   

    Matthieu Riegler, CC via Wikimedia Commons
  • is France’s number 1 thermal resort (has 16 thermal stations and receive 100,000 visitors each year)


  • has Europe’s highest peak: Mont Blanc 4,808 metersover-60-golf-clubs
  • has over 60 golf courses       


  • is French main gastronomic region with the Pope of Cuisine – Paul Bocuse and  5 top-rated three-star Michelin chefs                        
  • has a mixed economy:
    • Lyon – petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries
    • Grenoble –  high-tech city (based on startups & international firms)
    • St. Etienne – industrial city (based on coal and steel)
    • The northern part  –  agricultural &  tourism
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  • is producer of green and yellow chartreuse liqueur (town of Voiron, in Isère)
By TwoWings, Own work, Public Domain
  • makes the Evian and Badoit mineral waters(the Haute-Savoie and Loire departments)
By Badoit –, CC BY-SA 3.0
  • has four wine-growing regions: the Beaujolais in the north, the Côteaux du Lyonnais around Lyon, the Côtes du Rhône in the south, and Savoy in the east.
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BONUS 1: The best places to visit in the Rhone Alpes are: Vienne; Ambronay; Domaine de Lacroix-Laval; Chazelles-sur-Lyon; Couvent de la Tourette; Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez – “Plus Beaux Villages”; Maison d’Ampère (Electricity Museum); Château de Rochetaillée-sur-Saone ; The Grottes de Cerdon (Caves of Cerdon); Château Grillet ; Parc de Oeaisox; Perouge; The Postman Cheval Ideal Palace POSTMAN, Beaujolais; Espace Zoologique de Saint Martin La Plaine, Mont Blanc, Lac du Bourget ; Aix-les-Bains; The Alps; Domaine de Vizille – Chateau, Côtes du Rhône” vineyards ;

BONUS 2: The top cities to visit in Rhone Alpes are: Bourg en Bresse; Lyon;  Evian, Thonon; Chamonix; Mer de glace; Annecy; Le Vercors; Vienne; Grenoble; Vizille Do Tournon; Vallon-Pont-d’Arc; Montélimar; Albertville ; Chambéry, Saint-Etienne; Samoëns

Did you learn something new today? I hope you enjoyed discovering Rhone – Alpes Region of France with me. I am fascinated by France and my new home Lyon & Rhone- Alpes so I shall carry on exploring it further. If you have any other facts about it please do share with me. I am always happy to hear from you via email (, in the comment section or on the FB Fan Page…you can find me easily. See you soon!


I am a Polish girl who felt in love with Lyon from the first sight! Jadorelyon is my way of exploring France, the French way of life, their cuisine, sharing the experience from visiting beautiful places in France. Jadorelyon is my new way of adding some Polish influence into French lives and watching on how they like it...

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