Named after the river Rhone which flows through the region and the Alps mountain range that passes through the region the area is home to Lyon, the second largest city inFranceand home to one of the busiest airports inEurope.
Located in the East of the country, the Rhone Alpes region has the sixth largest economy of any region inEuropeand is made up of river valleys, industrial towns, ski resorts and a number of huge lakes and rivers.
With three international airports in the region in Lyon,Grenobleand Saint Etienne, getting to the region from theUKby plane is very easy. Once in the region, you can hire a car from us, which you can pick up from any of the three airports, before making your way to see the many sights the region has to offer.
Those preferring to avoid air travel can also reach the region easily by train, with the Eurostar ski train running straight fromLondon, as well as the TGV running fromParis.
The region has also hosted the winter Olympics three times, with the most recent being atAlbertvillein 1992. The Olympic bobsleigh track is still in existence at the foot of the La Plagne ski area and customers can pay to use the track with a qualified driver.
With a range of vineyards, natural parks, gorgeous lakes and ski areas the region is truly blessed with variety and that makes it extremely popular with tourists. TheLyonfootball team have been one of the most successful of recent times. The region has the largest ski area found anywhere in the world.
Things to do when hiring a car in the Rhone Alpes region
The tallest mountain in western Europe,Mont Blanccan be climbed by foot and can also be climbed by cable car. Highly trained skiers can also climb the mountain on their ski’s although a guide is advised unless skiers know the area well. The best place to park is at the foot inChamonix.
The Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallees)
The largest ski area in the world, and one of the best places in the world to ski, the three valleys consists of over 300 different ski runs, 183 lifts and has over 2000 snow cannons topping up the snow during periods where snow doesn’t fall.
Albertvillehosted in winter Olympics in 1992 and has stayed on the map since that event. The town has a number of Olympic themed cafes, bars and restaurants and is a great base for heading up in to theAlpsfor some skiing, hiking or mountain biking during the summer months.
The second largest city in the country,Lyonwas founded by the Romans thousands of years ago. Now a heritage city, there are many preserved historical areas of the city, including the stunning Fourviere Basilica which is lit up at night.
With a Roman theatre, a Renaissance palace and some stunning modern architectureLyonis a great place to visit for a huge range of different reasons.