Eastern France is a combination of the Alps and Franche-Comte and a great destination for lovers of the great outdoors, as well as the Alps it includes the mountains of the Douds and Jura, more rustic and not as busy as the Rhone-Alps. There is a lovely selection of self-catering holiday villas to choose from and a perfect way to make the most of a holiday here.
The Alps are an all year round holiday destination and a mecca for adrenalin sports as well as more low key walking and cross country skiing. In winter there is world class skiing and extreme winter walking based at well-known resorts like Chamonix and Les Deux Alps and when the snow melts there is mountaineering, hillwalking and valley walks as well as cycling and mountain biking. The flora and fauna is varied depending on the season but look out for a vibrant and wonderful mix of alpine flowers and watch out for the elusive wolves and you should spot Ibex at the higher altitudes. The Parc de la Vanoise becomes The Grand-Paradis National Park just across the Italian border and well worth a visit, just remember to take your passport. The scenery is mountainous and beautiful, breath-taking in parts with walks and trails to suit everyone. The grand medieval city of Lyon is a must not be missed with UNESCO listed architecture and ideally positioned to visit the surrounding 8 amazing nature reserves.
The Franche-Comte shares a border with Switzerland and has lots in common regarding food, architecture and culture therefore a very European feel. The area has great trails for hikers taking in mountains and the Region des Lacs boasts beautiful lakes, pine forests and farming communities. Belfort is a medieval town at the Northern tip of the region and is worth a visit and a handy base for exploring the area. The area is possibly one of France’s best kept secrets with a mix of undulating green hills, pine forests, outdoor activities and peace and tranquillity. The regions capital is the attractive town of Besancon built around imposing fortifications, one of the best preserved historic cities in France. The area has a great variety of holiday villas as well as cafes, bars and restaurants you will be delighted to stumble across serving mouth-watering local dishes and wine. If you love the outdoors, history, great food and wine Eastern France is for you.