The Rhone Alpes is one of 26 regions of France, in the south east, bordering Italy and Switzerland. Consisting of the eight departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Isere, Loire, Rhone, Savoie and Haute-Savoie, the Rhone Alpes is famous for having arguably the best skiing inEuropeas well as magnificent gastronomy, stunning scenery and magnificent outdoor leisure activities in the summer.
The Rhone Alpes seem to be two entirely different locations in summer and winter. In winter, the snowfall which blankets the peaks of the Central Massif and Europe’s tallest peak, Mont Blanc turns the area into a skiing and snowboarding haven. Rhone Alpes skiing accommodation is highly regarded as some of the most luxurious chalets available, with access to some of the world’s finest skiing. The resorts of Chamonix, Portes du Soleil, The Three Valleys and Val d’Isere have long been drawing people to the skiing accommodation in Rhone Alpes. There is a ski resort in the Rhone Alpes to suit everyone. With family holidays, beginner slopes, snowboard parks, cross country skiing, ice climbing, huge swathes of off piste skiing, every single known snow sport and many newly invented snow sports and luxury holidays in Rhone Alpes available, it is little wonder that the Rhone Alpes skiing accommodation is in such high demand during the winter.
During the summer, when the snow melts, the Rhone Alpes take on an entirely different atmosphere. The rivers swell with melt water, followed swiftly by white water rafts and fishermen. The mountain slopes become scattered with brave mountain bikers and climbers, and the mountain ridges start to become the play ground for para-gliders, walkers and hikers seeking the ultimate breathtaking views of the Alps. The huge lakes which fill some valleys suddenly become littered with boats, windsurfers and water-skiers and fishermen, taking advantage of the magnificent self catering chateau in Rhone Alpes.
Throughout the year however, the self catering chateau of the Rhone Alpes are a food connoisseurs dream. Luxury holidays to the Rhone Alpes are ideal due to the number of exclusive, fairy tale chateau which grace the landscape, and the delicious gastronomy of the Rhone Alpes.
Haute-Savoie is home to the world famous resorts of Chamonix-Mont Blanc, and 110 other ski resorts, the vast majority of which offer luxury self catering Rhone-Alps skiing accommodation. Not only does it offer skiing for all ages, abilities and budgets, but the Haute-Savoie department is also famous for its spectacular scenery and world class spa facilities. Mountaineering, golf, sailing and hang-gliding have kept the holiday chalets of Haute-Savoie busy during the summer months too.
Savoie, an equally beautiful department is famous for three activities; skiing in The Three Valleys, La Plagne and Les Arcs, walking along the dramatic mountain ridges and rock climbing on the shear rock faces of the Alps.
Isere, a magnificent place to take Rhone-Alpes skiing accommodation for mixed ability parties or family holidays, is the best place in France to take to the air. Hangliding, para-gliding and the International Festival of Free Flight are at home in Isere, and the Vercors National Park attracts rock climbers, canyoners and pot hollers from around the globe due to the staggering gorges, caves and rock faces it contains.
There are three international airports in the Rhone-Alpes, Lyon (LYN), Saint Etienne (EBU) and Grenoble (GNB). Ryanair and easyJetboth run some very cheap services to all three of these airports from 24 airports across the UK, making the holiday rental properties of the Rhone Alpes extremely good value for a family holiday. Alternatively, much of the region is just 2 hours from Paris on the TGV.