Rhone-Alpes is a nature lover’s paradise year-round, thanks to its alpine peaks, miles of hiking trails, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and dormant volcanoes. The region is best known for being home to nearly 200 world-class ski resorts, but it offers plenty of things to see and do during summer as well.

    Bordering Switzerland and Italy in southwest France, Rhone-Alpes has 2 national parks, 9 regional parks and 49 natural reserves. It’s also a favourite holiday destination for food and wine lovers – there are around 10 origin-protected vineyards and 20 Michelin-starred restaurants spread across the region.

    Where & what to eat in Rhone-Alpes

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      The best local restaurant restaurants in Lyon are places you can sample the specialities of the area in a laid-back atmosphere, especially in Lyonnaise restaurants called a bouchon. These local bistros are typical of both the city and its cuisine. You'll soon become familiar with quenelles (a poached dish of creamed fish or meat), tabliers de sapeur (made from...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Rhone-Alpes

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      Shopping in Lyon varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, with plenty of treasures to be found. The city's many specialities, from pralines to silks to charcuterie meats, Lyon doesn't struggle when it comes to ideas for souvenirs to take home – or the shops in which to find them. Whether you prefer to shop or to wander through the streets of the...

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