Things to do
Skiers flock to Rhône-Alpes to experience world-class piste. You’ll have your pick of crystal-white slopes. But if you prefer to be nearer the ground, explore the deep gorges of the Ardèche or hike through alpine forests.
It’s all in the name. Rhône-Alpes was christened after the river that runs through it and the mountains that border the region – perfect country for lovers of the outdoors. A visit here is rarely complete without exploring the hills and verdant valleys of the Ardèche – not to mention the prehistoric caves and ancient standing stones.
FOOD & DRINK
There are enough regional delicacies to satisfy any discerning gourmand. Try chestnuts from the Ardèche – fresh or made into a velvety puree. Or the bilberry, which can only be picked using a particular type of comb. Don’t leave without sampling a glass (or three) of Côtes du Rhône wine – you could even plan a wine trail through the vineyards, sipping as you go.