Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes

Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes

Merged from the old regions of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes, this region is often crossed only on its way south. However, this region has several nice places.

Bourbon-l’Archambault

Bourbon-l’Archambault

Old little city

The castle of Bourbon-l'Archambault was once the center of the Duchy of Bourbon. It was also the basis of the later province of Bourbonnais. Currently, most of this castle looks like a ruin after demolition workers used the materials to build houses. The past as a spa also seems to be long behind us in this beautiful town.

Charroux

Medieval town

France has many "Les Plus Beau Villages" and Charroux is one of them. This town still has authentic examples of medieval civil architecture. Many of the cozy streets and alleys are still paved.

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

City of flowers

To the west of the Dombes wetland nature reserve above Lyon lies a town with the beautiful name Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. This place is best known for the beautiful flower decorations with which many prizes have already been won.

Chaudes-Aigues

Folk dances

Chaudes-Aigues has 30 hot springs in the Cantal volcanic area. During our visit we were treated to a performance of folk dancers.

Grenoble

Prosperous city

On his way from his exile to Elba, Napoleon visited Bonaparte in Grenoble. He hoped that the progressive population in the left-wing and republican city of repute would support him. The city became prosperous through the glove industry and this prosperity can be seen in the beautiful buildings in this large city. From the fort La Bastille, the city is excellent to view.

Himalayabruggen

Himalayan bridges

At the Lac Monteynard-Avignonet, a beautiful walking path has been constructed that runs over two suspension bridges with the nickname Passerelles Himalayennes.

Lyon

World Heritage

Lyon is located where the Rhône and Saône meet. A city that you often pass on your way to the south, but that is well worth a visit. The old town has been on the World Heritage List since 1998.

Moulins

City of artists

For a long time, Moulins was the residence of the Dukes of Bourbon. Not much is left of their castle. The city flourished in the 15th century because of the arrival of artists. One of them was called the Master of Moulins. A triptych hangs from his hand in the cathedral.

Pérouges

Medieval town

A very nice place is Pérouges, an authentic medieval town. Definitely worth a visit!

Saturnin

Purveyor to the Court

The town of Saint-Saturnin has a modest role in French history. Two ladies became queens of the local nobility. Although the town is no longer in the "Les plus beaux villages de France" list, it is well worth a visit.

Protected by a monk

The town of Saint Pourçain-sur-Sioule, named after a monk, is nowadays best known for its wine production. The white wines are among the best in France.

Grey town

The town of Salers has been competing for years with Saint Cirq-Lapopie for the first place on the "Plus beau villages de France" list. The name of this town is also the name of a special breed of cow. The houses all look gray because of the volcanic rock used.

Beautiful routes

Alpe d'Huez

The 'Dutch' mountain

The 13-kilometer route from Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Alpe d'Huez has 21 numbered hairpin bends. For fans of the Tour-de-France, this mountain is a favorite, and because of the Alpe d'HuZes event for the cancer fund, this mountain also has a special significance for many.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Camperroute Drôme

Camper route through Drôme

The most beautiful route of the Drôme home leads over the Col de Rousset. We start the route at Rozières, where the D93 crosses the Drôme, and go via Die to the top of the pass. Take the time to stop and look back and enjoy the beautiful views!

This route is also suitable for campers!

Camperroute Drôme en Isère

Camperroute Drôme en Isère

Camper route through Drôme and Isère

We travel further from the Col de Rousset to Saint Nazaire-en-Royans. The route runs on the border between the departments of Drôme and Isère and on the way we pass again the typical landscapes for this region.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Col de Grimone

Motorcycle ride over col

The Col de Grimone is a 1318 meter high pass in the French Alps connecting the towns of Châtillon-en-Diois and Lus-la-Croix-Haute.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Col de Rousset

Motorcycle ride over col

The Col de Rousset pass is located between the Vercors and Provence. The actual summit is at 1367 meters and can only be reached on foot. 1254 meters are overcome by road.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Col du Galibier

Motorcycle ride over col

The Col du Galibier connects Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the Col du Télégraphe in the north and the Col du Lautaret in the south. The pass has often been included in the Tour-de-France. Our passage in October 2010 took place under winter conditions.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Mont Cenis

Motorcycle ride over col

From Italy we take the pass that was probably also used by Hannibal with his elephants to attack Rome from the north: the Col du Mont Cenis with a height of 2081 meters.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Col du Télégraphe

Col du Télégraphe

Motorcycle ride over col

The Col du Télégraphe is located north of the Col du Galibier and must be conquered before climbing the Galibier can begin.

This route is also suitable for campers!

Als in een droom

Motorcycle ride through the Drôme

In the department of Drôme there are particularly beautiful mountains that, although not high, are unique. The roads are often carved out of the rocks and the winding roads wind through tunnels and along cliffs. In this short film we show some beautiful routes, south
from the D93 (between Crest - Die).

This route is also suitable for campers!

Truyère

Motorcycle ride through the Lot

The River Truyère flows through a varied landscape and flows into the Lot. This region in the Massif Central is popular with mountaineers, water sports enthusiasts and of course motorcyclists!

The route is also accessible to campers.

Tips for campers and motorcyclists