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Grenoble is surrounded by mountains and is known as the capital of the French Alps. It's a year round destination for sporting types, with cycling, walking and climbing on offer in the summer and plenty of skiing available in the winter.
One of Grenoble's most famous sites, La Bastille is located on the mountainside, overlooking the city. Once a military fortress, it is now a popular tourist attraction, offering incomparable views over Grenoble and its surrounding mountains. To reach La Bastille, ride the world's first urban cable car and enjoy the stunning views of the Isere River below. If you're feeling energetic, there are several walking trails running between the city and La Bastille for the trip back down.
Its location, surrounded by mountains makes Grenoble a gateway to the Dauphiné Alps and the resorts of Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d'Huez and Chamrousse amongst others.
Known primarily as a family destination, Chamrousse offers 90km of runs with a dedicated beginners area, a snow park and 3 kindergartens for those just too young to ski.
Les Deux Alpes is the largest resort in the Dauphiné Alps. If its 225km of ski area isn't enough for you, don't worry. It joins with Alpe d'Huez, La Grave, Puy St Vincent and Vaujany to form the Grande Galaxie ski area with 475km of pisted runs - surely enough for anyone!
Although surrounded by mountains, Grenoble itself is amongst Europe's flattest cities, so what better way to see it than by bike? Hop onto a bicycle and follow the cycle tracks along the Drac and Isere rivers which both criss cross the city. If you fancy heading further afield, there are around 170 miles of cycle paths which spread out from Grenoble across the surrounding valley. Pick up a map of the area's cycle paths at the tourist office and away you go!
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