|1. Other things to do in the area|
|When I first started writing this page I tried to list the activities that take place in the area during the summer months but there is so much it looked like being a never ending task. Instead I've linked through to the local sites that cover it.
First a brief geography lesson. We're based in Alpe D'Huez which is in the Oisans region of the departement of Isere. The main city in the area is Grenoble, about 40 miles away. If you're arriving by road, the autoroute will get you to Grenoble before ending towards the south of the city.
Click on the area below to visit their tourism site
All of these sites have english language versions - click on the union jack.
A couple of years ago Alpe D'Huez tourist office produced this pdf file covering the summer season including the Tour de France. It includes a great aerial shot of the road up to the town from the valley.
|2. Getting there|
|With the major city of Grenoble just up the road transport links are pretty good.
From Calais, Grenoble is 550 miles of autoroute driving with Alpe D'Huez just over 40 miles of single carriageway road further on. The mountains start as you approach Grenoble on the A48 with the final gare de peage just as you enter the outskirts at Voreppe. Keep on the motorway (it becomes the A480) through the city until you come to junction 8 (signposted "Stations de la Oisans") then its N85 and N91 to Bourg D'Oisans.
Grenoble is a TGV destination from Paris with the near 600km journey taking about 3hrs. You just need to add in another 3hrs to get to Paris on the Eurostar from London (with a quick transfer from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon to pick up the TGV). Once in Grenoble the bus station is next door to the train station and buses run directly to Alpe D'Huez.
Grenoble has its own airport (Grenoble St Geoirs) located about 25miles to the northwest of the city. At the time of writing EasyJet, Ryanair and BA all fly there on a daily basis although they do tend to be more enthusiastic about the winter ski season. The flight is about 1 1/2 hrs. To get to the city from the airport a bus service links in with the flights (this has been great everytime I've used it - walk out of the airport and get on the waiting bus). It's hard to give an idea of flight prices as they vary depending on demand - I've paid between £0 (just paid airport taxes) and £100 each way. Car hire is available at the airport although I'd suggest booking ahead because the offices are often not manned.
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