French Alps, France, are located in the regions of Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. These mountain ranges are part of the Western Alps, whereas the famous Mont Blanc massif is not entirely French. It is partly located in France and partly in Italy, but some foothills belong to Switzerland, and the real border demarcation is controversial.
The French Alps are a popular tourist destination all year round. In summer, sport enthusiasts visit the area for cycling, climbing, and hiking. In the cold season, winter-sport lovers come for skiing, snowboarding, and sledging in the numerous resorts spread in the French Alps. Apart from sports, many visitors are attracted by the scenic landscapes, the authentic nature, and the majestic sight of the Mont Blanc Mountain, the highest summit in the European Union, at just under five thousand metres. Besides the stunning nature, many monuments and cultural points of interests wait for tourists to explore.
This vast area offers plenty of options to sleep from budget French Alps, France hostels to top-notch hotels. Amongst others, typical tourist hotspots for winter sports are Chamonix, Les Deux Alpes, and Les Arcs. Plenty of French Alps, France hostels, apartments, and guesthouses wait for the tourist crowd. However, even budget accommodations can become quite pricey, and for that reason, it is very recommendable to know in advance where and when you want to visit the area. Many popular places and hostels in French Alps, France, will be booked out if you are too spontaneous.
As a winter sport mecca, many smaller villages are major tourist destinations in winter. Ski resorts such as Chamonix, Tignes, and Meribel are really famous and attract all sorts of winter sport enthusiasts. No matter if you are beginner, if you come with your family, or if you want to go free skiing with your mates, the French Alps has it all. If you want to have some decent nights out and parties, then certain winter sport villages in the French Alps are the right location for you. Among the top Après Ski Resorts are Val d'Isere, Meribel, Chamonix, and Lex Deux Alpes. Do not forget that some picturesque towns such as Grenobly and Annecy are located in the French Alps as well.
Apart from the unique alpine atmosphere, travelers enjoy seeing the historic picturesque centre of Annecy and the marvelous castle nearby. The Fort de la Bastile is a wonderful fortress overlooking the centre of Grenoble. It was built in the early nineteenth century and it is the main sight in the Grenoble area. Lyon is not directly in the French Alps, but very close by. Therefore, it is a worthwhile to visit, since this big French city has a lot to offer for tourists, such as the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the picturesque Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Lyon has the best food in France, period. Save money by cooking in Paris, eat out in Lyon. Night life is good Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Les Arcs is part of Paradiski which is one of the largest and best ski resorts in the world. Ski lifts are open winter and summer. We live in Nancroix, which is part of Les Arcs and right on the edge of the Vanoise national park and we love it. There is lots to do for outdoor people -- ski, snowboard, mountain bike ( …
Everything in Chamonix, is truely remote from any skiing. I wouldn't go back, mostly because Chamonix as a ski area is over-rated. It's lots of small ski areas spread out. Lifts are slow, crowded, and you have to take a lift up above the tree line before you can take another lift to begin skiing. Go to Tignes …
What a beautiful city! I've been twice and both times it took my breath away. I recommend renting a small motor boat. Its a wonderful and extremely cheap way to get out on the lake. If you want to experience real french culture... get to Annecy!