Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Welcome to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Welcome to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, a new region

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region is one of the 13 new regions created with the territorial reform that took effect on January 1, 2016.

Until then Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne were two separate regions.

Auvergne corresponds to the historical province of Auvergne.

It includes also part of the ancient provinces of Bourbonnais, Velay, Gévaudan, Vivarais and Forez.

It consists of four departments:

Allier (03 - Moulins), Cantal (15 - Aurillac), Haute-Loire (43 - Le Puy-en-Velay) and Puy de Dôme (63 - Clermond-Ferrant).

It was named after the Gallic tribe Arveni.

It covers an area of 26,013 km², nearly 5% of Metropolitan France.

It has 1,341,000 inhabitants and is one of the least populated regions in Europe.

Rhône-Alpes was named after the river Rhône and the Alps mountain range.

It covered an area of 43,698 km2 and has nearly 6.3 million inhabitants.

It includes 8 departments:

Ain (01 - Bourg-en-Bresse), Ardèche (07 - Privas), Drôme (26 - Valence), Isère (38 - Grenoble), Loire (42 - st-Etienne), Rhône (69 - Lyon), Savoie (73 - Chambéry), Haute-Savoie (74 - Annecy) and the Metropolis of Lyon (69M) which is also the regional préfecture.

Area: 69,711 km2
Population: 7,695.264 (01/01/2012)

Credits Photos: map region by Oie blanche is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - Latest content

Source Marie Christine in Le Breuil sur Crouze

Le Breuil sur Crouze and La Madone des Treize Vents

Le Breuil sur Crouze, a market town located near Brassac coal mines, developed in the Roman era at the confluence of two rivers and junction of antic roads
Vallée des Saints - hoodoos

Vallée des Saints in Boudes, a natural site known as Colorado Auvergnat

Vallée des Saints in Boudes, a natural geological site of red earth and unusual rock formations, known as Colorado Auvergnat
Cycling along the Loire River

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic
Rhône-Alpes

Rhône-Alpes former administrative region

Rhône-Alpes is bounded by the Alps and the Côte d'Azur, and is part of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 1 of the 13 new regions created by the 2016 territorial reform

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