Cheap flights to Grenoble
The capital of the French Alps has to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in the whole of France. Where else can boast, not just one, but two rivers and snow-capped mountains on all sides. That’s right, no matter where in Grenoble you are, you’ll see the Alps towering from above. And, as you’d expect from somewhere this close to the mountains, sports play an important role in the life of this active city. In the winter you’ll find literally dozens of fantastic ski resorts lying in wait, while the summer months are perfect for a spot of mountain hiking.
If all that sounds like far too much effort, Grenoble has enough to keep you entertained without having to leave the safety of its pavements, and a compact and surprisingly flat city centre makes things even easier. Walk the maze of narrow streets of the old Notre Dame district and discover squares full of fountains, busy bars and cafes as well as plenty of boutique shops to get stuck into.
(8 Cours Senozan, Voiron, tel: 04 7605 2809) For something more refined this Easter, forgo the mass-market eggs and take a trip to Bonnat instead. Passed from father to son since 1884, the renowned master chocolatier could put even the Easter bunny out of business! www.bonnat-chocolatier.com
For its 14th year running, street-art initiative Festiv'arts will take over Grenoble for five days of fun on 2-6 April. Jugglers, comedians, musicians and artists will treat Grenoble's streets to folk dances, circus acts, street theatre, puppet shows and a free music concert every evening. festivarts.info
When white-out conditions keep you off the slopes, head for a spot of retail therapy at Caserne de Bonne, a former military barracks transformed into an upmarket shopping centre set around landscaped gardens, a canal and huge play park for the kids. Stock up on outdoor gear at Au Vieux Camper, or indulge in some all-natural bath scents at Nature et Decouvertes. The smoothie bar is great for a post-shopping pick-me-up (48 Boulevard Gambetta, +4 7688 8797, la-caserne-de-bonne.com).
The ski-station village of Villard de Lans, 30km from Grenoble, is well worth a visit, and not just for its history as the home of the Resistance and the 1968 Winter Olympics. There's downhill and cross-country skiing, a bobsleigh park, waterpark, casino, ice rink, bowling and a museum. Italo-English tea shop My Little Terroir (128 Avenue du General de Gaulle) do great light lunches, or head to Les Trente Pas (16 Avenue des Francs-Tireurs) for a more gastronomic offering. villarddelans.com