Summer in Grenoble Alpes is a time to relax, go walking and to explore the natural and cultural heritage.
We have compiled a list of our top 10 experiences in Grenoble for the summer, some of them opportunities to cool off and others a chance to explore the area. Enjoy yourselves, it’s the holidays!
1. Go hiking in the mountains and embrace the fresh air
Escaping into the surrounding peaks is most definitely an activity of choice for the locals of Grenoble on hot summer days. Follow one of the refreshing hiking routes to explore the Alpine villages and mountains around Grenoble Alpes, in complete safety.
2. LEARN ABOUT NATURE
The summer is definitely the best time of year to observe Alpine wildlife. The activities organised by the Sensitive Natural Areas of Grenoble Alpes and Isère are a chance to learn more about the natural environment and how to respect it. Come and explore the woods at Comboire hill, learn about the trees at Peuil peatland and the plants in Seiglières marshland!
3. ENJOY AN ICE CREAN ON SAINT-LAURENT DOCK
The docks in the Saint-Laurent district have an Italian vibe to them, with the colourful buildings and countless pizzerias. Come and choose from the many places to get a delicious ice cream along the banks of the Isère: Les Frères Amoré at Banquiz, the original flavours at Crème Croquante, or the wonderful treats at La Déesse. There’s something for everyone!
4. COOL OFF AT THECUVES DE SASSENAGE
There’s nowhere better to cool off during a heatwave than a cave! Come and explore the Cuves de Sassenage, the caves that were shaped millions of years ago by an underground river. These caves are a geological curiosity and the fourth wonder of the Dauphiné. They have been open to visitors since the Middle Ages and are the source of the Tale of Melusine and other legends.
5. LEARN ABOUT THE CHARTREUSE LIQUEUR
This liqueur from the Pères Chartreux is popular across the globe for its beautiful green colour, the same colour as the mountain plants. The Caves have recently had a makeover and on a visit here, you can learn all about the fabulous story behind this elixir and other products. From the 17th century to today, you can expect a revitalising adventure in Voiron.
6. GO FOR A DRINK IN THE ANTIQUE DEALERS DISTRICT
Head to the Rue Voltaire, Bayard and Servan and wander around the antique dealers and arts and crafts shops. This district has a unique atmosphere and is a great place to come for a cup of coffee or cocktail out on the terrace after a pottery class or a visit to the Couvent Sainte-Cécile, the head office for Glénat publications.
7. ENJOY THE FRESH AIR INSIDE THE MUSEUMS
It’s always a good idea to go to a museum. In Grenoble Alpes there are around twenty museums, each one even more interesting than the last, on varied themes such as chemistry, history and art. The added bonus is that most of them have air-conditioning, so you can cool off and learn something new at the same time!
8. TRAVEL ALONG THE ISERE
The river Isère is a key part of the Grenoble landscape and adds a touch of freshness to the urban area. Come and explore the river with the various experiences organised by the Aviron Grenoblois rowing club. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, looking for an evening activity or a cultural outing, canoeing down the river is a great activity to enjoy as a family or with friends!
9. ENJOY THE FREE FESTIVALS
The summer is the ultimate season for festivals. In Grenoble Alpes, there are dozens of events during the summer season. Come and see for yourself the Grenoble Street Art Fest, the open-air Festival du Film Court, or try out your dance moves at the Cabaret Frappé, the Vercors Music Festival or the Festival de la Cour du Vieux Temple.
10. TRY WILD CAMPING
For the perfect end to a warm summer’s day, come and discover the art of wild camping with the Ecole de Porte en Chartreuse. As part of the European Green Capital year, you can also experience a night in a tent or cabin on the hills of the Bastille. Please note that wild camping is only authorised in designated areas in the mountains. Make sure you check first.
Bivouac with the Ecole de Porte