If you're a keen cyclist, you're in for a treat.
The new cycle route, La Belle Via, is now the preferred greenway for anyone wishing to explore the Isère Valley and be amazed by its iconic mountain scenery.
La Belle Via - Stop off in Grenoble Alpes
This gentle alternative to the Via Rhôna, formerly known as the V62/V63, is a cycle route that can be accessed by all. It crosses the Isère for 123km, linking Chanaz to Pont de l'Isère via the capital of the Alps, Grenoble.
Looking for a stop-off point for an afternoon, a day or a weekend to complete your future cycling route? Then plan a stopover in Grenoble Alpes! Between culture, nature and contemplation, discover a world where cycling is a genuine way of life and take advantage of all the services that are essential for cycling enthusiasts.
Map of the route of La Belle Via
Grenoble, a stop-off point on La Belle Via of open air, culture and contemplation
At the crossroads of some of the most beautiful cycling routes in the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region, Grenoble is the ideal stop-off point to add to your route. Lovers of slow tourism, historic city centres, fabulous views and great restaurants will find everything they need in this Isère Valley city to recharge their batteries after a long day’s cycling.
Admiring the Isère Valley
The Bella Via offers an immersive cycling experience through the heart of the Isère department, past mountains, waterways, orchards and architecture. What better way to get a 360° view of the whole of Grenoble than to climb to the top of the Bastille during a stopover in Grenoble?
The Bastille and its military fort , which is a typical Grenoble postcard scene, have majestically overlooked the city since the 19th century. Today, it is a favourite walking spot, popular with both tourists and locals, and a unique location where you can enjoy nature, culture and sporting activities.
Chain up your bike at the bottom of the cable car / Téléphérique and in just 3 minutes you’ll have a breathtaking view of the Chartreuse, Vercors and Belledonne mountain ranges as well as access to activities and restaurants perched at over 476m high.
What to do along La Belle Via in Grenoble
Lakes, museums, street art, outdoor activities, guided tours and sporting and cultural events... there's always a new way to discover Grenoble Alpes, with or without your bike and close to La Belle Via!
After a day wandering down La Belle Via, why not stop off in the city and have a stroll through the 2,000 years of history of the hyper-centre de Grenoble. On your own in the pedestrianised streets or accompanied by the Tourist Office's tour guides there are a thousand and one ways to explore the many visible and unexpected aspects of the region.
Looking for some fresh air and culture? Choose one of the departmental museums, which are free and open all year round. Just a stone's throw from La Belle Via, you can take your bike to the Musée de Grenoble, the Musée Dauphinois, the Musée Saint Laurent or the Musée de l'Ancien Evêché and wander through the exhibitions. And for fans of scientific culture, La Casemate regularly has exhibitions on the themes of science and innovation.
If you’ve been cycling along the Isère on La Belle Via all morning, why not take to the water and discover Grenoble from the comfort of a canoe? Whether you go as a family, with a guide, on your own or with friends, this still little-known way of discovering Grenoble is an ideal way of seeing the capital of the Alps in a different way while enjoying the fresh river air.
And if you’re planning to spend the night in Grenoble before returning to your cycle route in the early morning, don't forget to check out the programmes for the various sporting competitions! If our champions are resting during your visit, which can happen between 2 victories, don’t worry, Grenoble is buzzing with cultural and sporting all year round.
The Isère Valley slopes gently downwards, so it's easy to get off La Belle Via and explore the surrounding area on the cycle routes that will take you to even more culture and nature. Get a taste for château life by cycling to the Domaine de Vizille or by making a detour to Sassenage to visit the 17th-century castle nd the nearby Cuves de Sassenage .
Passing through Grenoble in the middle of La Belle Via also means passing close to unique, unspoilt natural areas . Are you ready for total immersion in nature? Explore the surroundings that make Grenoble the cocoon of nature which the inhabitants love so much.
Do you need to cool off this summer? Stop off at the Bois Français leisure park near Grenoble or explore lakes such as Lac de Paladru and the majestic Lac de Monteynard with its Himalayan footbridges a little further south of Grenoble.
Plan your stopover in Grenoble on La Belle Via
La Belle Via passes through two of the most lively and touristic districts of the Capital of the Alps: the hyper-centre de Grenoble and the Saint-Laurent district. Between cultural and student life, immerse yourself in the heart of Grenoble’s way of living.
A bike-loving region
With cycling firmly rooted in its DNA, Grenoble Alpes is a region that places a great deal of emphasis on sustainable transport, with a wide range of facilities and labels. Whether you are in Grenoble for one day or several, the Accueil Vélo label is there to guide you and help you find places in the area that will accommodate you and offer services and equipment for cycling enthusiasts within 5km of La Belle Via and the cycle routes of the Isère Valley.
• Secure bike shelters, repair kits, bike and clothes washing facilities...
• A warm welcome, practical information, advice on routes and tours, the weather...
• Services dedicated to cyclists: luggage transfer, laundry and drying, bike hire and washing etc.
Lunch, snacks and dinner along La Belle Via
From gourmet restaurants to traditional eateries, cocktail bars to microbreweries, eco-conscious cuisine to weekend brunches, La Belle Via has a varied and cosmopolitan menu on offer.
So take a break on one of the many cafe terraces in the city centre. The old architecture, with its cut stone, intricate or pastel-coloured facades, history surrounds you as you sip a drink or take a leisurely stroll with an ice cream in hand.
Restaurants with the Accueil Vélo label
Where to get your bike repaired along La Belle Via?
When you're out and about cycling, mechanical problems can sometimes happen. So don’t panic! In Grenoble, the cycling capital, there are plenty of repairers on hand to help you get on with your adventure.
Where to stay along La Belle Via?
Grenoble's accommodation providers are on hand to welcome you and offer a specially-designed service to help you make the most of your stay in Grenoble.