Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a large region covering about 15% of mainland France, from the Massif Central mountains to the Alps, in the southern half of the country. Its main city is Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, and two of its departments, Ain and Haute-Savoie, border on Switzerland.
Situated in the Haute-Savoie, 30 kilometres south of lake Geneva, Abondance is a mountain village where you'll have the holiday you always dreamt of. It is also the name of a variety of cows producing the famous Abondance cheese, a must-taste!
Situated on the shores of the eponymous lake, the little town of Annecy is a beautiful tourist destination, just a half-hour drive away from Geneva.
Argentière is a French village located in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc region. A ski resort in the winter, it attracts many hikers in the summer, especially to walk up to the impressive glacier that bears the village's name.
The starting point to discover the Mont-Blanc region, one of the most breathtaking areas of the Alps. It's also a crossroads between France, Italy and Switzerland.
Col de la Faucille
This road pass culminating at 1323m connects the Pays de Gex, gateway to Switzerland, and the French Jura. A little below, the view of Mont Blanc is superb on a clear day. The top of the pass is a popular destination for hikers in summer and skiers in winter.
A French spa town on the southern shore of Lake of Geneva, nestled between the lake and the Chablais Prealps, just in front of Lausanne.
The small French town of Ferney, at the gateway to Geneva, has long been known as Ferney-Voltaire. It was here that the philosopher and writer Voltaire (1694-1778) acquired a castle and spent twenty years near the end of his life.
Fort l´Ecluse
Fort l'Ecluse is a fortified military work built on the mountainside to control the defile where the Rhône flows to the west of the Geneva basin, a strategic natural passage between Jura and Alps. During the summer season, it hosts exhibitions and offers various activities and events.
High in the Vallée Verte (Green Valley), in Haute-Savoie, a small village in the heart of the French Chablais Prealps. An ideal starting point for hikes and gliding in this beautiful French region.
Novel is a well-kept secret hidden in a valley above the lake of Geneva, on the border between Switzerland and France: a small village at the end of a mountain road starting from the French part of St-Gingolph. A must for nature and tranquillity lovers.
Mount Salève, the emblematic mountain of Geneva, is located entirely on French territory. Culminating at an altitude of 1379m, it belongs geologically to the Jura massif, but is considered a summit of the Pre-Alps.
Samoëns, in Haute-Savoie (French Alps) is a typical mountain village set in the broad valley of the upper Giffre river. Near the village is the stunning Cirque du Fer à Cheval, where grand cliffs form a horseshoe in front of the Dents Blanches mountain range.
Sixt Fer-à-Cheval
A natural amphitheatre located in the Natural Reserve of Sixt, the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval (Horseshoe Circus) is a popular destination for some 500,000 visitors each year. Overcrowded but beautiful.
A town located on the French shore of Lake Geneva (southern shore), in the north of Haute-Savoie, approximately in front of the Swiss town of Morges.
A medieval bourg on the Southern shore of Lake Geneva with many elements of its 14th-century fortifications: castle, doors, ramparts... A modest fishing village at the beginning of the 20th century, Yvoire is now one of the most beautiful villages of France.
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