Natural environnement

Grenoble, capital of the Alps

Grenoble is situated in the south-east of France, in the heart of the Alps, three hours from Paris by train and three hours by car from the Mediterranean. Taken together with its surrounding municipalities (Echirolles, Saint-Martin d'Hères, Sassenage, Fontaine, etc.), the Grenoble area has a population of more than 650,000. Nestling at the foot of the mountains, between the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountain ranges, surrounded by nature parks and wilderness conservation areas, the capital of the Dauphiny is an important crossroads between Switzerland and Italy. Grenoble welcomes each year about 7,200 international students of 160 different nationalities. Often cited at the national level as an example to follow, the city takes care of those with disabilities, paying particular attention to questions of accessibility. Université de Grenoble is actively associated with this initiative.

Valence, gateway to the French Riviera

Nestled along the Rhône River, the ancient city of Valence has managed to keep the traditional charm and authenticity of southern French cities. First a city of Antique Rome, then rich medieval town, Valence is today the strategic capital of the southern Rhône-Alpes region, boasting a harmonious mix of cultural heritage, gardens and canals. Its colorful gardens, lively districts and its welcoming pedestrian paths reveal the Riviera.

Le Bourget-du-lac and its technopolis

Situated at the foot of two mountain ranges and adjacent to the southern end of one of the great Alpine Lakes, the Lac du Bourget, the Savoie Technolac' Complex is a technological campus entirely devoted to energies and ecotechnologies. It is constructed around three high-performance platforms' at the service of the business, research and higher education.

Annecy, the Venice of the Alps

Situated in the heart of the French northern Alps, the city of Annecy has a population of 50,000. Often called the Venice of the Alps' because of the old bridges which span the three waterways running through the heart of the beautiful old quarter of the city, Annecy is both an industrial and a tourist center and is distinguished above all by its great lake, set against a backdrop of mountains. Its Chateau, its Palace, its Conservatory of Art and History are among the many attractions to be found in the city.

Chambéry, a city of culture and of history

As the historic capital of Savoie, the city of Chambéry has a population of 56,000. Situated at the Gateway to the Alps, Chambéry benefits from an extraordinary geographic location, nestling between lakes and mountains. Thanks to its rich cultural urban infrastructure (theater, cinema, concert hall, multi-media centre, the Eureka Gallery, the Chateau of the Dukes of Savoie and much more as well) it is the centre of a unique artistic and cultural heritage.
Published on  January 22, 2020
Updated on February 19, 2020