LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - Monarch is pleased to announce that it is opening a new flight route to the French city of Grenoble. Customers will have the choice to depart from Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, Birmingham and London Gatwick airports. Open from December onwards, the route will provide a fantastic gateway to many of the major French ski resorts. Destinations for skiers within two hours of the airport include Alpe d'Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Courchevel, Megève, La Grave, Méribel, Les Gets, Morzine and Les Houches.
Once the snow has melted, though, Grenoble and its beautiful surrounding countryside is also a perfect destination for a summer mountain holiday, where you can enjoy walking, mountain biking, climbing or an ultra-luxurious spa retreat in the capital of the Alps.
Grenoble itself provides a charming base from which to enjoy the mountains, and is a lovely city to explore in its own right. The city has a history stretching back to the Roman era, and its beautiful medieval architecture rises above a warren of streets and small squares to wander around. With a pleasant year-round temperature and picturesque vistas of the Alps looming above every street corner, Grenoble evokes an idyllic, traditionally French atmosphere, with a lively cafe and restaurant culture. With so many activities on offer, it is also a fantastic place to bring the family; here are some of the city's must-sees:
- The Bastille. Arrive early to avoid the queues lining up to explore the town's historic fortress. It was built between 1824 and 1848 and features an impressive collection of ramparts, gun galleries and strongholds, linked by stairs and clinging to the side of the hill. The views from the 1930s cable car that lifts passengers from the centre of town are breathtaking, offering a panoramic view across the city and the Alps.
- National Centre for Contemporary Art. Housed in a converted industrial warehouse, this is one of France's leading contemporary art galleries, featuring some of the country's best contemporary art.
- Café de la Table Ronde. This historic café, dating back to 1739, is an absolute treat and the place to stop for a coffee and a snack. Make sure you try the braised diots (mountain sausage) with gratin dauphinois.
- Ste-Claire Market. A traditional French market serving the highest quality produce. Nibble around the various charcuteries and boulangeries sampling some of the finest local breads, meats and cheeses.
You can go to Grenoble from just £34 per person, one-way including taxes. As well as flights, customers can book accommodation, car hire, transfers and more at www.monarch.co.uk.