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About Rhone-Alps Region
Population (Ranked 2nd)
The Rhone-Alps borders both Italy and Switzerland. To the north are the regions of Bourgogne (Burgundy) and Franche-Comté,
To the west the region of Auvergne, and to the south Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
Within the region no fewer than 8 national parks as well Mont Blanc,
Europe’s mountain, Europe’s deepest gorge in the Gorges of Ardeche and
three of Frances largest lakes, Lac d'Annecy, Lac du Bourget and Lake
This is the second most important region economically, only the Ile de
Paris is more important and with two international airports at Lyon and
Geneva and a vast network of rail and motorways it can easily claim to
be the cross roads of Europe.
Though industry plays a large economic role especially along the Rhone
River it is tourism that most people think off when you mention the
Water is at the heart of this region whether it is snow or glacier,
Lakes Rivers or streams and in combination with the mountains it gives
the region one of the most diverse tourist industries in France. There
are of course the gentle valleys of the Ardeche, the fields of Lavender
and many more varied landscapes to be found in the region.
Sport is very well catered for from skiing in winter to hiking, canoeing,