Villard-de-Lans is a small commune in the Isere department of south-east France. Tucked high in the Rhone-Alpes, it is a popular centre for skiing in the winter and hiking and hot air ballooning in the summer.
Downhill skiing is the main winter sport in this alpine area, along with an indoor skating rink, a bowling alley and a casino. It offers 120 km of skiable pistes with 37 ski lifts and an Olympic luge track which was built for the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. There is a Nordic ski centre, ice climbing dog-sledding and a regular ski school. In summer, Villard de Lans holiday chalets are surrounded by opportunities for hiking and climbing in the beautiful scenic alps. It offers great cuisine and a friendly atmosphere. Hot air balloon flights are a popular way to enjoy the views.
The Vercors Regional National Park is a great place to visit and experience wonderful mountain scenery and exceptional wildlife. Ibex, marmots and black grouse may be spotted on the ground while huge eagle owls and royal eagles protect their territory. Alpine snowbells and the Lady’s Slipper orchids are just some of the alpine plant life found there. The nearest city is Grenoble, nicknamed the Capital of the Alps. This historic city has some wonderful attractions such as the Bastille which offers great views over the town. It can be reached by cable cars known as “Les Bulles”. The Palace of the Parliament of Dauphine and the Museum of Grenoble with its collection of artworks are both worth visiting from your Villard de Lans holiday chalet.
Holiday rentals in Villard de Lans enjoy warm sunny summers and cold snowy winters due to the high elevation. Temperatures in July reach an average 28°C (82°F) while winters are well below freezing. The area has rainfall at any time of year which falls as snow in the winter months. With skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, this scenic valley has plenty to see and do in all seasons.
There are several airports serving holiday rentals in Villard de Lans. The nearest major airport is Lyon-Saint Exupery (LYS) Airport. It is 97 km away and is served by budget airline easyJet and Air France from various UK cities. Visitors can pick up a hire car from the airport and drive to Villard de Lans along the A48 which is a toll road. Other airports include Saint-Etienne (EBU) Airport, 189 km away or Geneva (GVA) International Airport which involves a 183 km drive over the Alps, crossing the French-Swiss border.