From the snow-capped peaks of the Haute Savoie to the Chaîne des Puys, passing by the city of Lyon, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region offers a range of ideal destinations for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. Les Collectionneurs offer a wonderful selection of establishments where you can stay or have a bite to eat.
In summer or in winter, the Alps are one of the most unique outdoor playgrounds in the world attracting skiers, hikers, or lovers of snowshoeing. Although it might not have such dazzling ski slopes, the Massif Central has many other assets, including its impressive range of volcanoes.
Perched in the heights of the village of Châteaugay, the eponymous castle dominates the Limagne plain, offering a magnificent panorama over the volcanoes of the Auvergne and the vast expanse of vineyards. After a hike in the great outdoors, extend your stay by visiting some of the great wine estates, such as those of Saint-Pourçain. Discover the Thermes de Royat, built in the 1850s, then take a stroll through the picturesque villages on the unusual cheese route from Saint-Nectaire to the medieval town of Salers.
At the heart of this vast region, Lyon combines all the advantages of a bustling city with the rich heritage and serenity of a provincial town. The ancient capital of the Gauls is organised like a conglomerate of village districts, nestled between the Saône and the Rhône. From Place Bellecour on the peninsula, you must visit Old Lyon where the traboules, ancient narrow passages, intersect at the foot of the Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica, accessed by a funicular railway. Food lovers will take pleasure in sitting at a table in a traditional "bouchon" (a Lyonnais tavern), or wandering through the Halles de Paul Bocuse. Booking a hotel in Lyonin the historic centre allows plenty of time to wander after dark. Lyon makes an excellent base for exploring the city's surroundings.
The Auvergne region is filled with towns that merit a detour. Clermont-Ferrand, in the Puy-de-Dôme, is crammed with historic sites. The Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica, on the route to Santiago de Compostela, is one of the city's unmissable sights. You must take a stroll through the old town, littered with Renaissance hotels. In Vichy, the Belle Époque atmosphere is everywhere. Known as the "queen of spa towns", the capital of Allier was popular with Parisians at the turn of the 20th century, who came to recharge in the thermal waters. Rising up from the ground, mansions and palaces like the Aletti have retained their original beauty.
Les Collectionneurs offer a selection of charming hotels, providing a friendly welcome for travellers who wish to enjoy a romantic evening or a weekend with the family. These establishments are blessed with fully-equipped, spacious, comfortable rooms. You'll find all modern comforts, with high-quality bedding, a well-equipped bathroom, a flat-screen television and wifi access. Most of these establishments also have a number of other services, such as babysitting, for parents who need a relaxing break.
Lovers of the mountains can head to the Alps, at the edge of Lake Geneva or high in the ski stations, a wonderful place for a couple's skiing weekend or a family break. In winter, enjoy a stay in a mountain chalet with a warm, cosy ambience, nestled at the foot of the slopes, where you can enjoy a room with a panoramic view over the alpine scenery and then recharge by the pool, or in the steam room in the relaxation area.
In summer, the region is adorned with new colours. A feeling of intimacy takes hold in this popular resort area, from the spa town of Aix-les-Bains to the shores of Lake Annecy. Close to the l'Abbaye de Talloires, beautiful residences surrounded by French gardens and furnished with a private jetty invite travellers to take advantage of the serenity of these peaceful spaces. Hiking enthusiasts and wilderness lovers should head for the Gorges d'Ardeche and their steep cliffs. For an overnight stop or a few days, stay in a charming inn, and take advantage of the breathtaking views of the forest and lakes from the infinity pool.
It's impossible to talk about the Auvergne without mentioning the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. This rare and unusual landscape stretches over 120km. The hills of the Cantal gradually give way to Cézallier, and then to the Dôme mountains and Mont Dore, culminating at the Puy de Sancy at 1,886 metres. At the heart of this chain of volcanoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stay in a 19th-century manor, surrounded by a wooded English style grounds, or in an authentic castle, like the Château Royal de Saint-Saturnin, with its towers, moats and walkways, a testimony to the influence of the La Tour d'Auvergne family. To relax, stop off at a charming guesthouse or a spa hotel nestled in a castle, surrounded by lush greenery.
This Loire Valley vineyard, a local secret, will attract the attention of Epicurean visitors. Between Roanne and Moulins, the vines draw their rare power from the volcanic soil. To taste these wines, there's no better place than at the table of a passionate restaurateur. The selection of les Collectionneurs restaurants in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is made based on the talents of the chefs in incorporating local produce. To take full advantage of this gourmet break, travellers can extend their stay by booking a room in a charming hotel.
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