Things to do in the Local Area
Local Places of Interest - To Name But A Few!
Plunging down from the Mont Blanc to Lake Annecy, soaring up from the southern most shores of Lake Geneva to the high pastures of the Aravis, running from the pine-clad ravines of the Bauges down to the ravine-covered banks of the Rhône, the Haute-Savoie boasts a variety of landscapes that are rarely seen in such close proximity in France. Whether you choose to explore independently or take advantage of one of our suggested places to visit, the unforgettable geography and cultural heritage of this beautiful region will leave you breathless. Why not take your paintbrush or camera so that you can remember these beautiful locations forever?
Samoens, Maison et Jardin Botanique "La Jaÿsinia"
Discover the famous botanical gardens created by Mme. Cognac Jay in 1905, covering 3.5 hectares with more than 8,000 specimens of alpine plant. There is also a fascinating museum at the entrance.
Sixt Fer à Cheval, Nature Reserve
Whether you're walking, cycling or simply sitting in one of the riverside cafés sipping a cool aperitif, the Cheval Nature Reserve is located in one of the most beautiful cul-de-sac valleys around. Shaped like a horseshoe 'Fer a Cheval = Iron of Horse' and boasting an atmosphere of pure tranquillity, it’s the perfect place to spend your day. The Refuge des Sales walk is extremely beautiful and exhilirating, a must for keen ramblers.
Annecy, the old town and Lac d'Annecy
Truly spectacular and known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’, Annecy is a ‘must-see’. From boutique, high street, souvenir and antique shops to the old prison and Château, there is something for everyone. Lac D’Annecy is renowned as the cleanest lake in Europe and there is a fantastic boat trip ‘La Lillubelle’ that tours the lake whilst feeding you a 3-course meal located down at the pier. Also, the Fete du Lac d’Annecy (August) is the biggest firework display in Eurpoe and is a great day out, also the animation festival which is held every summer (June).
Chamonix, Glacier des Bossons
Come and discover Europe’s longest Glacier with a vertical drop of 3500 metres. Why not combine the trip with a pit stop in the vibrant, bustling town centre, the Alps capital.
Parc de Merlet, Les Houches
An amazing opportunity for the big and small alike to discover the animals and flora of the Alps in close proximity. See and get close to Chamois, Ibex, Marmottes Bouquetin to name just a few of the beautiful animals that you can see in their natural habitat.
Lovagny, Gorges du Fier
See one of France's most impressive examples of running-water erosion. First opened to the public in 1869. You can see the "Fier Gorge" from the visitor's walkway suspended 27 metres (90 feet) above the river.
Yvoire, Jardin des Cinq Sens
Explore the labyrinth of these fantastic gardens dating back to the Middle Ages. Awaken your senses and be invigorated as you meander and dream your way along the blend of aromatic and medicinal plants, fruit trees and ancient roses. A truly indulgent and holistic experience for children and adults alike.
Montreux and Vevey, Switzerland
Spend the day glamourously strolling the lakeside promenades of these two famous towns. With all the shops you might require, dfantastic restaurants and spectacular views on both sides, vineyards behind you and the beautiful Lac Leman and Jura mountains in front of you, it is paradise. Freddy Mercury once lived in Montreux and it is now famous for its' superb Jazz Festival in summer. Also dont forget the amazing water park and miniature railway just near by.