The French Alps region is one of the most stunning areas in Europe, let alone France. Imagine pristine lakes reflecting a dramatic mountain landscape and ripe with freshwater fish. See jagged peaks and rocky outcrops concealing the elusive grey wolf. Walk though meadows of wildflowers that attract the long-horned steinbock. Stay at one of our hostels in this beautiful region and you'll never be short of outdoor activities. Ski down snow-laden mountains, hike through remote wilderness trails, mountain bike over rugged terrain, or paraglide over the awe-inspiring landscape. It's not all outdoor activities here, however. The charming town of Annecy borders a startlingly turquoise lake, fuelling the river that runs through the picturesque town and is lined with geraniums, cobblestone streets and timbered houses. Grenoble is the economic capital of the region and is home to an ancient fortified castle and some fascinating museums. Chamonix is vibrant with nightlife and boasts some superb shopping and restaurants.