Grenoble is situated in an exceptional location, where two rivers (the Drac and Isere) meet – three magnificent mountains oversee it: the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne.
With a population of more than 500,000 inhabitants, Grenoble and its suburbs are subject to an atypical climate: the city has a mixture of oceanic, continental and Mediterranean influences (hot and quite dry summers). This particularity is reflected in three major characteristics that give Grenoble a unique climate: a remarkable thermal range, sunshine, good rainfall. This, combined with the mountainous environment, makes Grenoble a very special place.
Grenoble, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1968, has been described as a young city and university city (with no less than 61 000 students), and is the second largest scientific and research centre in France (after Paris). A master of quality of life, Grenoble has an old town centre, adorable and cleverly renovated, a rich cultural life and one of the first fine arts museums in the country.