"Meylan, La Tronche, Corenc, Montbonnot-St-Martin" Meylan by JLBG

Meylan Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 33 photos

In my Meylan page, I will present mostly Meylan but also neighboring cities of La Tronche, Corenc and Montbonnot-Saint-Martin.

Meylan and Montbonnot-Saint-Martin are now developped at the bottom of the valley though the ancient villages were on the slopes, out of reach of the Isère floods. La Tronche and Corenc have both remained entirely on the slopes of the Chartreuse massif. The Mont Saint Eynard with its fort is on the limit of these communities.

A residential area

These cities in the neighbourhood of Grenoble have always been residential locations. When a one hour horse or carriage ride was necessary to reach Meylan or La Tronche, wealthy citizens had for summer a country mansion in these remote places. Now that they are reached by bus or car in a dozen of minutes, everybody wants to live there as it is the less polluted part of the valley and has more green spaces. Meylan had 1074 inhabitants in 1946, 19,000 now.
Meylan is twinned since 1986 with Gonzales (Louisiana) in the USA, 1988 with Planegg (Bavaria) in Germany and since 1999 with Didcot in England.

A high Tech area

During the past thirty years, Meylan, the first and more recently Montbonnot-Saint-Martin have developed a district called ZIRST (for Zone industrielle de Recherche Scientifique et Technique = Industrial zone for scientific and technical research). That means that the ZIRST has built 2/3 levels buildings ready for rent to small, new companies in electronics, informatics, metrology and other high technology fields. Larger companies have bought land and have now buildings of their own, often developing an interesting architecture. They are the one I will show here.
This ZIRST has often been called the French Silicon Valley. On the 15th of April 2005, the unpronounceable ZIRST has become Inovallée, for Innovation Valley and with an evident wink to Silicon Valley.

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  • Jan 19, 2009 at 3:52 AM

    Must be intersting place your hometown Jean

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    Nov 30, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    As I could understand Meylan is a scintific centre with a set of colleges and insitutes. I envy those students and engineers who can study, work and live in such a beautiful place! The Dent de Crolles is very impressive. Thanks Jean-Louis for the tour.

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    Nov 27, 2007 at 5:59 AM

    I never realized there were so many high-tech companies near Grenoble. A cousin of mine used to work for Sun Microsystems, but in California, not in the Inovallée. (She wrote user handbooks, which I also have done. It seems to run in the family.)

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    Jan 8, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Jean-Louis, I found your local gardens tip very delightful. I also enjoyed the open-air market, the fort [and its beautiful location], the forest, the Dent de Crolles, your emphasis on architecture, and was surprised about Sun Microsystem.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2006 at 6:06 PM

    Meylan has a table mountain aswell ?? Findly found where you're intro pic on the HP is coming from.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2005 at 4:34 AM

    Must be an wonderful experience to do horseback ride in this region !!!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2005 at 4:33 PM

    Impressive views from the top and Fort du Saint Eynard itself, too. A must see for me...

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 3:48 PM

    Excellent stuff Jean-Louis!! A very impressive high-tech area with amazing architecture as well. Stunning views from the fort and awesome massifs here - what a great place to live! It is very nice that gardens are available for city-dwellers too!

  • Maillekeukeul's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 4:31 AM

    The fort is really impressive. It reminds me of Ronda, an andalousian city... Some splendid pics... Was the horse paid to appear at least three times on your pages ?? ;-D

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