Holiday Homes in the Rhone Alps
The Rhone Alps region of France is a popular choice for those looking for French Alps accommodation, particularly for families, couples or groups of friends interested in taking to the slopes at one of France’s most popular ski resorts, such as Morzine, Flaine or Chamonix. These three ski resorts, as well as Les Gets and several other picturesque towns, are home to numerous affordable options for self catering Alps holidays and offer skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, climbing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, luxury spas, shopping, dining and entertainment. From charming mountain villages to Lyon, France’s second largest metropolitan area, the Rhone Alps region offers a wide variety of attractions, outdoor activities, and sites of historical and cultural importance.
Overlooked by the world-famous Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one of France’s finest, most popular ski resorts and draws snowboarders and skiers from every corner of the world. Famous for its expert slopes and being the location of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix is located near the borders of Switzerland and Italy and is considered one of the most important towns in the world for mountaineering and mountain sports of all kinds. Mont Blanc, the third most visited natural site in the world, is certainly reason enough to pass through this mountain town, but this is also one of the most popular places to rent French Alps chalets for extended mountain holidays throughout the year. Other options that offer affordable French Alps accommodation, nearby skiing and snow sports, fun nightspots and other attractions include Flaine, Morzine and Les Gets.
The Rhone Alps region, located in the east of France, is named for two of its most stunning geographical features: the Alps mountain range and the Rhone River. It is bordered to the north by Burgundy and Franche-Comte, Auvergne to the west, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon to the south, and Italy and Switzerland to the east. Outdoor enthusiasts opting for self catering Alps holidays in the Rhone Alps region can enjoy eight natural parks, numerous major lakes, the Gorges de l’Ardeche – which is home to Europe’s deepest gorge – and a vast array of additional natural attractions, outdoor activities and mountain adventures. Aside from skiing and climbing, there is also mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, paragliding and over 60 golf courses available in the Rhone Alps.
For those who prefer shopping, wine tasting, receiving luxury treatments at elegant spas and dining on local cuisine, the Rhone Alps also offers all of this within easy reach from self catering Alps accommodations. Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone wines that are known around the world come from this region, which is also known for its distinct gastronomy and numerous famous restaurants serving local specialties. Just two hours from Paris by high-speed train, French Alps chalets also make a fine home base for holidays that include excursions to Paris for shopping or visiting cultural attractions. Fields of lavender, groves of olives, orchards and farmland filled with sunflowers located in the southern portion of this region also make for a lovely sightseeing break for visitors when not on the slopes or relaxing in their luxury French Alps chalets.