France By Locals ambassadors will be proud to show you the places where they live, from the hidden gems of mountain valleys and ancient volcano landscapes to activities in national parks, not forgetting the best of traditional cuisine and produce from these rugged regions.
The French Alps & Lyon:
Lyon, Gateway to Culinary Art
Start your adventure in Lyon, the gastronomic city par excellence. Stroll through the traboules of the old town, discover the secrets of traditional bouchons, and let yourself be seduced by the unique flavors of Lyon’s cuisine.
Conquering the Summits
The Mont Blanc Massif calls you from the Aiguille du Midi, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps. If you’re looking for adventure, hop on a mountain bike to explore the Oisans Massif, an ideal playground for mountain enthusiasts.
Off the Beaten Path
Explore the Gallo-Roman ruins in Vienne, dive into the medieval history of Crémieu, and discover the serenity of the Abbey of Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye. The Chartreuse and Vercors massifs await you for exceptional getaways.
Escape to the Valleys
The Écrins National Park, the Mercantour, and the Serre-Ponçon Lake offer serene getaways. In Annecy, take a stroll along the lake, explore the charming villages of Talloires and Yvoire, and let yourself be enchanted by their picturesque charm.
Ardèche & Drôme: A Feast for the Senses in the Rhône Valley
The Elegance of Wines and the Magic of Caves
The hills of Ardèche and the rivers of Drôme invite you to a unique wine experience. Explore hidden caves like the Grotte de la Madeleine and Aven Marzal, and immerse yourself in the coolness of the Gorges de l’Ardèche.
Lost Villages and Impressive Gorges
Get lost in the medieval streets of Alba-la-Romaine, Vogüé, Balazuc, Chabrillan, or Gigors-et-Lauzeron. Cross the Gorges de l’Ardèche and travel along the wine routes, discovering the secrets of the Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, and Saint-Péray crus.
Drôme Provençale and the Vercors Plateau
From Drôme Provençale to the Baronnies natural park, from the Vercors plateau to the first Provencal scents, explore diverse landscapes and preserved villages in Drôme. Let yourself be charmed by the tranquility of the Drôme valley and the splendor of the perch plateau of Vercors.
Auvergne: Volcanoes and Delights of Nature
Clermont-Ferrand and the Chain of Puys
Immerse yourself in the unique landscape of the Chain of Puys, dominated by the Puy de Dôme. Explore Clermont-Ferrand, a dynamic city surrounded by dormant volcanoes, and discover the cultural richness of La Chaise-Dieu and Le Puy-en-Velay.
Step off the beaten path to discover Montluçon, Vichy, Moulins, and the natural parks of the volcanoes of Auvergne and the Monts du Cantal. Immerse yourself in medieval history in Saint-Flour, savor the authenticity of Salers, and explore the picturesque town of Aurillac.
With France by Locals, every destination becomes an adventure, every city a story to discover. Step off the beaten path, experience authentic moments, and dive into the heart of lesser-known France. Bon voyage!