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Isère is a department in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.


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The ruined Château de Certeau in Frontonas



Isère is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was created from part of the former province of Dauphiné.


Inhabitants of the department are called Isérois.


Isère is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the department of Rhône, Ain, Savoie, Hautes-Alpes, Drôme, Ardèche, and Loire.

Isère includes a part of the French Alps. The highest point in the department is the summit of La Meije at 3,987 meters. The Vercors Plateau dominates the west of the department.


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The Grande Chartreuse is the mother abbey of the Carthusian order. It is located near Voiron 14 miles north of Grenoble and can be visited. Monks at the abbey distil a beverage rich in alcohol called "the chartreuse" and made of several hundred of plants picked in the mountain.



  • many ski resorts, including the Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes
  • the Coupe Icare, an annual festival of free flight, such as paragliding and hang-gliding, held at the world-renowned paragliding site at Lumbin in early autumn.


Isère produces the following cheeses: Bleu du Vercours-Sassenage and Saint-Marcellin.


Stay safe[edit]

  • Chalet in Les Deux Alpes, [1]. Ecrins Lodge is a stunning chalet next to Les Deux Alpes, with fantastic hospitality and a hot tub!

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