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 you.
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)
- 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)
- became Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne with new bigger cities: Lyon, Grenoble and St. Etienne (2016)
- 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)
- has two National Parks and six Regional Parks (covers over 600,000 ha of Natural Parks)
- is France’s number 1 thermal resort (has 16 thermal stations and receive 100,000 visitors each year)
- 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
- is producer of green and yellow chartreuse liqueur (town of Voiron, in Isère)
- makes the Evian and Badoit mineral waters(the Haute-Savoie and Loire departments)
- 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), in the comment section or on the FB Fan Page…you can find me easily. See you soon!