French Alps

The French Alps refer to a chain of mountains in Europe referred to as the Alps. These mountains are primarily attractive to most people as they offer great outdoor activities like the Alpine mountaineering and skiing. Some of the sporting activities undertaken here are less famous but are still very popular in the region and this includes the downhill and cross country mountain biking, paragliding and white water rafting. French Alps is also a famous destination point for most people due to the stunning beauty of the area contributed by the many alpine lakes with the largest one being Lac Leman or Lake Geneva, Lac de Bourget, and Lac d’Annecy.

All these lakes make year-round attractions and are preferred by many due to the ease of access they offer to many water sports and their incredible beauty. The French part of the Alps is marked by many famous resort towns like Albertville where Olympic Winter Games were held in 1992, Grenoble that hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1968, St. Gervais, Chamonix, and Annecy that boasts of housing a famous lake and an old city. The two major regions of the French Alps that receive an incredibly large number of tourists are Rhone- Alpes and Provence- Alpes- Cote d’Azur. As noted above, mountains are the major attractions of French Alps and the most famous ones include Mont Blanc, Ecrins, Vanoise, Vercors and Belledonne.

French Alps is also home to several Départements with the most notable ones being Haute- Savoie, Isere, Savoie, Hautes- Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes- Maritimes. The French Alps boasts of having good connections to the rest parts of the country thus making traveling here exceptionally easy and convenient. You will find an international airport nearby and the cities around are well served by the direct TGV train to Paris. Besides, the rest of the other towns are also well connected by ordinary trains or by TGV. Most of the valleys have good highways and you shouldn’t have any trouble trying to get your way around the area.

Other destinations in the French Alps apart from the cities include the many ski resorts with the most famous ones being Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, La Clusaz, Isola 2000, and Le Grande Massif among others. Water sports are best experienced in most of the lakes such as the Lake of Aiguebelette, Lake of Bourget, Lake of Annecy, and Lake Geneva. Needless to say, French is the main language of communication in the French Alps.

However, just like other major tourism hotspots, the French language is used in conjunction with other languages especially English which is widely spoken here as well. The fact that most of the part is occupied by mountains simply means that flying into French Alps directly isn’t possible. However, travelers can always fly into the surrounding regions from where they can arrange for transfer services. Many companies offer specialized airport transfer services to ski resorts and cities in the region from the airport.