Natural, exceptionally built heritage
With a rich past and a strong present, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has always highlighted its features and transformed them into assets.
A regional identity that is perpetuated by a real tradition of authenticity, openness and dynamism. A privileged intersection between northern and southern Europe. Bordering Switzerland and northern Italy, it is also open to Europe’s alpine regions.
Lyon, on the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers between the hills of Fourvière and Croix Rousse, is at the crossroads of the great vintages Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône, and is a gateway to the flavours of southern Ardèche and the Drôme Provençale.
Lyon’s rich heritage – a reflection of different eras – tells the story of a city that is part of a World Heritage Site.
At the crossroads of northern and southern Europe, just a few hours from Paris, the central location of Clermont-Ferrand is one of its major assets. Since the middle of the 20th century, Clermont’s economy has been closely linked to Michelin, which has strongly influenced the city’s development. The city’s natural environment is truly exceptional, a stone’s throw from the natural parks of the Auvergne and Livradois Forez volcanoes, the Limagne plain and the sites of Puy de Dôme, Gergovie and Vulcania.
In only a limited area, the Puys mountain range offers a unique variety of characteristic volcanic edifices. Stretching 40 km north to south, there are over one hundred volcanoes with the majority located on the Dômes plateau between the Limagne fault that dominates Clermont-Ferrand and the Sioule valley.
In Savoie, hiking trails surround Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget and Lake Annecy, bypassing the mythical Mont-Blanc and crossing one of 9 nature reserves or the oldest of the 7 national parks of France, Vanoise.
There is also a huge choice of activities in winter – family skiing, new pistes, large ski areas and charming villages.
- Historical monument
- Property with exclusivity