The Grésivaudan Valley

The Grésivaudan valley, an ancient glacial valley between Grenoble and Chambéry, is remarkable for its magnificent scenery in the Belledonne and Chartreuse massifs. Stretching along the course of the Isère river, it abounds in jewels and real treasures for those who come to spend their vacations in this valley.

A rich historical and cultural heritage

Discover the highlights

Dubbed the “most beautiful garden in France” by Louis XII, the Grésivaudan valley boasts a cultural, historical and natural heritage of the highest order.

Not to be missed is Fort Barraux, a 16th-century bastioned fortification forming one of the most remarkable defensive positions in the Alps. Another gem in the valley is the Château du Touvet and its magnificent gardens. The splendor of the terraced gardens and the spectacle created by the white waters fed by a Chartreuse torrent make it a popular destination, especially for newlyweds.

The Grésivaudan valley is also a natural beauty spot, with numerous walks close to waterfalls. These include Lac de la Mirande and Lac de La Terrasse, a major water sports center that is a favorite with Grenoble and Savoie locals alike.

The Grésivaudan Valley forms a harmonious whole with the Haut Bréda Valley, a major hiking area.

Something for everyone

Of course, the Grésivaudan Valley is ideal for family vacations. It offers activities to suit everyone’s desires, enabling them to share extreme moments of complicity.

From the funicular railway at Saint-Hilaire du Touvet, which offers a spectacular 750-meter ascent, to the forges and mills of Pinsot, there are extraordinary places to discover.

Come and spend a vacation with the family, in a group or even on your own in the Grésivaudan valley, and find inspiration among the places to go out, hiking ideas and remarkable activities.

“Graisivaudan” or “Grésivaudan”, according to traditional Romance etymology, comes essentially from the Latin adjective Gratianopolitanus, based on Gratianopolis, the Roman name for the city of Grenoble, but applied to the middle Isère valley.