Lyon is France's second city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also France's gastronomic capital, and boasts the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants (14 in total) in Europe after Paris, London and Brussels.
The medieval Old Town, on the west bank of the Saône, is a cluster of cobbled alleys, full of quirky boutiques and restaurants. The east bank of the Rhône is more modern.
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Lyon is around a one hour drive from Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers.
There is plenty to see and do in the local area, from water sports and mountain trekking to flea markets and gastronomic restaurants...
The Local Area
The Lakes & The Rhone
Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers sits on the banks of the Rhone, and is the most southern point of the segment of the river between Geneva and Lyon.
Lac du Bourget is France's largest lake and around a 40 minute drive away:
Lac d'Aiguebelette is a slightly smaller lake and is wonderfully peaceful as no motorised boats are permitted. It is around a 25 minute drive away:
The Chartreuse Mountains stretch from the city of Grenoble in the south to the Lac du Bourget in the north, and since 1995 have been a Regional Nature Reserve.
In addition to all the usual winter sports activities, the Chartreuse is an ideal mountain range for walking and hiking:
For centuries the Chartreuse has sheltered the head monastery of the Carthusian Order that produces the famous green liqueur of the same name:
The Chartreuse Mountains are around a one hour drive from Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers.