Located between Annecy, Chambéry, Montmélian and Albertville, the Bauges mountains are part of the French Prealpes. The Parc Naturel Régional des Bauges offers beautiful different landscapes: hilly in the West with « les Bauges Devant », alpine in the East with « les Bauges Derrière » and the Arcalod that towers at an altitude of 2217 m. Bauges mountains are perfect for hiking, cycling and horse-riding.
During summer time, you can easily discover the main activity of the region: cattle breeding and milk production, especially the tome de Bauges, one of the cheese produced in Savoie.
Located between Chambéry, Grenoble and Voiron, the Chartreuse is a calcareous prealpine massif. The Chamechaude towers at 2082 m. The Haute-Chartreuse has an abrupt relief with deep forests, and a unique fauna and flora. The Moyenne-Chartreuse, with its large landscapes, brings together a great part of the agricultural, artisanal and industrial resources. The Grande Chartreuse is mostly known for its monastery and the famous liqueur that the monks distil.
The Chartreuse is perfect for many activities: skiing or alpine skiing, snowshoeing, potholing, hang gliding or paragliding, climbing, cycling…
Belledonne is a mountain range that surrounds Grenoble in the south, the north part being in Savoie. Its highest point, the grand pic de Belledonne, towers at 2977 m. It’s made of three ranges: Belledonne, the Sept Laux and Allevard. No road cuts across it. Belledonne is a crystalline mountain where water is plentiful.
Belledonne was until recently a center of mining activity. Numerous hydroelectric plants are settled in Belledonne, that also counts many alpine lakes due to high rainfall and persistent snow.
Although close to cities, Belledonne kept its wilderness character. It is an ideal place for winter hiking and cross-country skiing.
Montmélian is located at the junction of Alpine Valleys such as the combe de Savoie, the Grésivaudan and the cluse de Chambéry. It has been inhabited since the Romans. Montmélian is a small medieval city, where battles took place as a time when Savoie was attached not to France but to the Kingdom of Sardinia. Montmélian is also a famous wine-producing area.
The history of Chambéry is closely linked to the House of Savoy and was the Savoyard capital of the Duchy of Savoie. Chambéry is the capital of the département since 1860, when Savoie was attached again to France. It is famous for its castle, narrow streets and passageways that didn’t change since the Middle Age and the Renaissance. As a gateway to the Alps and the highest alpine passes, Chambéry is nowadays a major road and railway towards Italy