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The French Alps are composed of a wide diversity of landscapes which are all quite different from one another. The northern Alps have high mountains, symbolised by proud Mont Blanc, the highest summit in Europe (4,810m) covered in ‘‘eternal snow’’. This part of the Alps, explored and conquered by the late 18C, has hosted three Winter Olympics Games ( Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville) and still houses some of the most renowned ski resorts in the world, including Les Trois Vallées, Tignes, Val d’Isère, La Plagne and Les Arcs.
If skiing and snowboarding are not your cup of tea, the northern Alps are also a hiker’s paradise full of mountain lakes, forests, waterfalls and picturesque villages. Some of the best cheese in France is made here, including Beaufort and Reblochon! Grenoble, the capital of the Alps, is also one of the most pleasant cities in France to live in.
To the south, the Alps gradually take on a more Mediterranean French flavour. The wildlife and plant life here have been well-cared-for, through nature preserves in the Vercors, the Écrins, the Mercantour, and in the Lubéron, gateway to the south of France.
Between Sisteron, Manosque and Mont Ventoux (nicknamed ‘‘the giant of Provence’’), you will enjoy exploring the countryside with its lavender fields, beekeepers, shepherds, faience manufacturers, cabinet makers and truffle pickers.

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French Alps : Must-see towns and regions

  • Annecy

    Annecy, known as the «Venice of Savoie»sits majestically on the side of its lake opposiite one of the best water and mountain spectacles anywhere in the French Alps. The town is constantly changing wi...

  • Courchevel

    A favoured destination for the stars of «show business», Courchevel is of course best known for its skiing, but almost as much for its elegant «salons de thé», luxury boutiques and health spas. With f...

  • Briançon

    Europe's highest town (1 321m) at the crossroads of four valleys, Briançon is a favourite with winter sports fans but also offers visitors the charm of a town perched high in the mountains with a defi...

  • Grenoble

    Grenoble, capital of the French Alps, is a large modern city very much on the up. The location of the town is exceptional; to the north are the cliffs of Néron and St-Eynard, to the West the escarpmen...

  • Aix-les-Bains

    Situated On the East bank between Tresserve Hill and the first slopes of the Revard, Bourget has a reputation as a Roman spa town. While the golden era was the Belle Époque, the town is remembered for...

  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

    Chamonix, the French capital of Alpinism ( company of guides founded in 1821), established itself as an important ski resorts unfortunately alas probably to the detriment of its beauty. Dominated by t...

  • Megève

    Taking its name from meg (middle) and eva (water), Megève, situated near to the Arve, is a charming resort. During the holiday period, it attracts a fashionable clientele. With the quality of the ski ...

  • Val-d'Isère

    The homeland of great skiing champions such as Marielle and Christine Goitschel and Jean-Claude Killy, Val-d'Isère's prestige is incomparable. Formed by two areas, the Fornet hamlet and Daille, the 1 ...

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