Open but protected
With Chambéry to the north, Grenoble to the south and Voiron to the west, between Isère and Savoie, the Chartreuse Regional Natural Park covers 69,000 hectares and 52 communes. It was established in 1995.
A paradise for fauna and flora.
The Chartreuse Natural Park comprises forests, meadows, streams and rocky areas. More than 2000 plant species live in its countryside, a surprisingly wide range linked to the diversity of its habitats, which support species with very different ecological requirements. Nearly half of all mammal and bird species in France have elected to live in this little area.
The Skills Route and cultural sites
Another way to explore Chartreuse is to take the “Route des Savoirs Faire” (“Skills Route”). This itinerary encompasses all the craftspeople and tourist attractions in the mountain range. Artisan glove-makers, liqueur-makers, wine-growers, cheese-makers…All of them love to welcome visitors to their area and share their skills, which are handed down from generation to generation.