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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
The Pont du Diable's largest arch - Saint-André-de-Chalencon i

Pont du Diable medieval bridge in Chalencon

The Lord of Chalencon built the Pont du Diable – Devil’s Bridge in the 10th century to ease the transport of goods between his castle and the Rhône Valley
Chateau de Herisson

Herisson, a medieval walled village ranked ‘small town of character’

Herisson, a picturesque medieval village nestled at the foot of the vestiges of the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon and ranked 'small city of character'
Puy de Sancy - Les Monts Dore

Les Monts Dore, ancient volcanoes of the Massif Central

Les Monts Dore, a group of ancient volcanoes in the heart of the Massif Central, whose highest peak, Puy de Sancy, is France’s highest volcano
Les Grottes de Perrier - Well, dwellings and Tour de Maurifet

Les Grottes de Perrier – Auvergne’s largest troglodyte site

Les Grottes de Perrier - Village des Roches, the largest troglodyte site in Auvergne, lies in the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes region.

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