Greater Lyon, the Lyon Metropole
Created on the 1st January 2015, the Lyon Metropole is a territorial community that is unique in France. As a result of a merger between the Urban Community of Lyon and General Council of the Rhône area, it encompasses the 59 communes that make up Greater Lyon (1.3 million inhabitants). This territory is a great playground to be explored, with many activities devoted to games, sports, well-being, hiking, typical markets, and guided tours.
The Metropolitan Hub
Created in 2012, the 1st French metropolitan hub is made up of metropolitan cities and urban areas throughout the region: Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Vienne, Bourgoin-Jallieu and Villefranche-sur-Saône. Covering an area of 1600 km2 and 145 communes, it has many tourist assets, such as Saint-Etienne just 45 mins from Lyon.
As a UNESCO-listed city of design, it is also a member of the Creative Cities network. It boasts unique sites in terms of creativity, and in particular the Le Corbusier site in Firminy and the Cité du design, which organizes the Biennial International Design event.
Another essential site in Saint-Etienne is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, one of the greatest collections of contemporary European art and designer objects, with over 20,000 works of art.
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes : France's 4th largestwine-growing region
Distributed throughout 54 AOP*and 15 IGP** estates, the region’s wines are an opportunity to enjoy a fascinating voyage through emblematic landscapes and vineyards.
In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, vines are very fond of sunny slopes, and the result is enjoyed by the greatest connoisseurs. Among these vineyards, the Beaujolais area is characterized by hills and over 150 châteaux just 30 minutes to the north of Lyon.
The magnificent Coteaux hillside vineyard is one of the loveliest in the world, and home to some great, very subtle and surprisingly diverse wines.
As the 8th richest region in Europe, it is also the 2nd most popular region in terms of tourism in France, with
19.7 billion euros in French and foreign consumption (8% of the GDP) and 168,000 jobs generated by the tourism sector. Every year, 140 million overnight French tourist bookings are recorded throughout the region and 1.6 billion euros are invested in tourism.
* Protected Appellation of Origin
** Protected Geographical Indication
Auvergne boasts a spectacular natural heritage of volcanos, imposing scenery, and springs. As the capital of ecotourism focused on outdoor leisure activities and health, Auvergne is also an authentic and preserved part of France.
According to Lonely Planet, who included it in its Top 10 worldwide destinations most worth visiting in 2016 "Auvergne is being reinvented but hasn't lost an ounce of its rural charm".
Savoie Mont-Blanc: top destination in the world for winter sports
With its 110 resorts, 17 interconnected ski areas and over 70 Nordic skiing sites, Savoie Mont Blanc boasts the largest winter sports site in the world.
Generating 65.4 million overnight stays a year, these resorts welcome a very wide range of customers, half of which are international.
Located at the foot of the exceptional site of the massif of Mont-Blanc, the valley of Chamonix is a shrine devoted to skiing, the birthplace of mountaineering and a paradise for hikers. It includes the following resorts: Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Argentière and Vallorcine.
For more information about the region, please visit www.rhonealpes-tourisme.com