08/29 > 09/20/2020

Department of Isère (38)

Departmental council

Inhabitants: 1.2 million, equating to 16% of the population of Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes (Isérois) in 514 municipalities, grouped into 14 communities,

3 larger municipalities and the Grenoble-Alpes metropolitan area

Prefecture: Grenoble





Cycling: 338km of greenways, 254km of bike lanes developed by the CD38, a network of nearly 1,000km of signposted routes and 21 cycle tourist circuits, 13 dedicated and signposted routes for electric bikes, 18 climbs and passes including the ascent of Alpe d’Huez

Sport and culture: 3,000 sports clubs including Grenoble Métropole Hockey 38 (ice hockey, Magnus League), Grenoble Foot 38 (Ligue 2), FC Grenoble Rugby (Pro D2), CS Bourgoin Jallieu (rugby, Fédérale 1), Rugby Sassenage Isère (women’s rugby). Facilities: Stade des Alpes, Palais des Sports in Grenoble, 22 ski resorts, Alpe d’Huez Grand Ski Domain. Athletes: René Arnoux (motor racing, Formula 1), Brahim Asloum (boxing, Olympic champion in 2000), Raphaël Poirée (biathlon, multiple world champion). Events*: Alpe d’Huez Festival (comedy films), Vienne Jazz Festival, Vercors Music Festival in Autrans, Berlioz Festival in La Côte Saint André, Vercors Music Festival, Rencontres Ciné Montagne de Grenoble (mountain film), Mountain film festival in Autrans , Vélo Vert Festival in Villard de Lans, La Marmotte at Alpe d’Huez (cyclosportive), Ut4M (Ultratour of four massifs), Passerelles du Monteynard Trail Race, Échappée Belle (ultra-crossing of the Belledonne massif), Foulée Blanche at Autrans (ski marathon), EuroNordicWalk Vercors, Coupe Icare in Chartreuse (unpowered flight)

Sights: 11 departmental museums with free access, ancient theatre and temple of Augustus and Livia at Vienne, Vizille domain, Monastery of the Grande Chartreuse, Saint Antoine l’Abbaye (classified as one France’s most beautiful villages), Pont en Royans, Besse en Oisans, medieval town of Crémieu, the chateaux at Virieu and Touvet, Chorance cave, Saint Hilaire du Touvet funicular, Écrins National Park, Chartreuse and Vercors regional natural parks, Vercors highlands nature reserve

Gastronomy: Ravioli, gratin dauphinoise (sliced potatoes in milk or cream), murçon (cured sausage), Vercors trout, Saint Marcellin and Bleu du Vercors Sassenage (cheeses), Grenoble nuts, Bourgoin brioche, Chartreuse liqueur, Antésite (liquorice liqueur), wine (Coteaux du Grésivaudan, Balmes Dauphinoises, Collines Rhodaniennes, Vitis Vienna)

Label: The IsHere label is awarded to good-quality Isère products

Photo Pierre Jayet Crémieu, cloitre, couvent des Augustins
PHOTO FREDERICK PATTOU Vizille, Château de Vizille, bassin, cygnes, parc
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