Isere, in France’s Rhone-Alps, is a landlocked department named after the Isere River. It is a naturally beautiful region, housing a large area of the Alps, which host both skiing in the winter and a number of stages of the Tour de France. Set in a diverse landscape, Isere has both sections of the Alps and large areas of plains. Whether you are looking to ski, hike or take to the sky, Isere is a magnificent place to take a holiday rental, as the sporting facilities are world class, and the culture, atmosphere and scenery just add to the experience.
Isere is well known for its Alpine skiing, and the two most celebrated ski resorts are those of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. Alpe d’Huez is ideal for mixed parties looking to rent a holiday gite in Isere due to the suitability of skiing for all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiing. It is one France’s oldest resorts. Alpe d’Huez is also very well known with cyclists, as the Tour de France rolls into town. Les Deux Alpes is not only a world class ski area, but is also the largest skiable glacier in Europe, with excellent après-ski too.
The International festival of free flight, the Coupe Icare, is held in the world renowned paragliding site at Lumbin, and celebrates all types of free flying, including paragliding and hang-gliding.
The stunning Vercors National Park is hade of staggering rock faces, deep gorges and black caves, which have become a magnet for climbers and explorers. Canyoning, caving and climbing opportunities from an Isere gite rental are endless. The Chartreuse Mountain range was declared as a national park in 1995, where high altitude forests, alpine pastures and large cliffs, home to the rare Tengmalm’s owl. There are a range of marked hiking trails and snowshoe and cross country skiing trails for the winter.
The department’s capital, Grenoble, which was the host of the 1968 Winter Olympics, is a beautifully picturesque town with a long history, evident throughout the town. If you rent an Isere holiday gite in Grenoble, climb to the Bastille Fort or take the cable car to the top, as the views defiantly make the trip worthwhile.
Lyon Airport receives flights from Birmingham, Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) provided by British Airways. Flybe, easyJet and Jet2 all fly to Chambery and Geneva, just over the boarder in Switzerland. Both airports are around 2 hours from the self catering holiday accommodation in Isere.