Grenoble is known as the “capital of the Alps”. It is surrounded by mountains and renowned for its ski resorts, lying 14 km from the ski resort of Chamrousse, 16 km from Les Sept Laux, and 25 km from Alpe d’Huez.
The Lac de Monteynard provides sports lovers with an opportunity to practice all kinds of different water sports like sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Grenoble has a large number of sports venues.
It hosted the 10th Winter Olympics in 1968, and many of the sports facilities built for the event are still being used today, such as the Palais des Sports arena which holds lots of concerts and shows.
But Grenoble offers much more than just winter sports. The “capital of the Alps” built itself an ‘urbeach’ in 2003, and there are many natural climbing sites spread across the three mountain ranges surrounding the town.
Grenoble has traditionally been renowned for its scientific research centres and universities. Government-funded scientific research still has an important part to play in the town’s economy.
But Grenoble’s economic fabric nevertheless consists predominantly of industrial activity and business services.
Today’s digital revolution is in the process of overtaking and replacing electronics, microtechnologies and nanotechnologies.
Grenoble holds well-known festivals such as the Magic Bus in May, a comic book festival in June, the longest-running outdoor short film festival in July and a jazz festival in the autumn.
The Summum concert hall has already hosted a large number of famous artists.