Grenoble - ‘the capital of the Alps’
Grenoble is a city in south eastern France in the Rhône-Alps region. Lying at the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is well placed as a year-round holiday destination offering winter
holidays and spring hiking and walking trips. Thanks to its long history and fascinating cultural heritage, there are also plenty of opportunities for sightseeing in the summer. Grenoble is built on the alluvial plain where the River Isere joins the River Drac. It stands at an altitude of just over 700 feet, which makes it a perfect location for mountain sports. There is always something going on in Grenoble, and there are festivals throughout the year celebrating diverse aspects of local and international culture, such as the March Jazz Festival, the Short Film Festival and a July music festival.
When considering holidays in Grenoble it might be easier to ask, “why not go?” Grenoble is a year-round holiday destination offering spectacular scenery, history, culture, sports and a whole lot more. Book flights to Grenoble for skiing holidays, walking holidays or just to enjoy the culture of this fantastic city.
When to Go?
The seasons in Grenoble are quite clearly defined, from the cold, snowy winter to the mild spring, hot summer and wet autumn months. Grenoble is a gateway to some magnificent French ski resorts, so winter flights to Grenoble will get booked up quickly. Spring is a great time of year for walking, while the summer is perfect for sight-seeing and enjoying sports such as paragliding.
How to get there?
The cheap low cost airlines easyJet and Ryanair both operate flights to Grenoble from several airports throughout the UK. London Luton, London Gatwick and Bristol airports all have Grenoble flights with easyJet, while London Stansted, Edinburgh and Liverpool all have Ryanair flights. Lucky residents of the Midlands can choose between both Ryanair and easyJet flights to Grenoble from Birmingham Airport. You could also fly Thomas Cook from Gatwick, Bristol or Manchester.
The main sightseeing attractions in Grenoble include the Palace of the Parliament of Dauphine, built in the early 16th-century. The Museum of Grenoble contains antiquities tracing the long history of the city going back to Roman times, as well as artefacts from Greek and Egyptian civilisation. The museum also contains an extensive collection of paintings including works by Rembrandt, Matisse, and Gauguin. Sitting on the mountainside overlooking the city, the Bastille is an ancient fortification built in the middle ages, which affords some superb views of the city and the breathtaking surroundings.
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