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What to see in French Alps

French Alps Attractions


There is plenty to see and do in the French Alps but people cannot be blamed for thinking first of the amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the region. Other attractions in the French Alps include pretty medieval towns, spa facilities, freshwater lakes and a number of historical sightseeing opportunities.

Aix-les-Bains and Evian-les-Bains are both very popular resort towns in the French Alps. Aix-les-Bains is a spa town, located on the banks of Lac du Bourget, loved for its thermal springs, and Evian-les-Bains, situated on the southern tip of Lake Geneva, is famous for its mineral water. Both are hotspots for healthy spa holidays and offer a variety of outdoor activities among other things. Annecy is also a popular lake-side village, often called 'the Venice of the Alps' in tribute to its picturesque canals. Annecy is a good base for hikers as there are so many spectacular trails in the Haute-Savoie region.

Another hikers' paradise is the mountain village of Briançon, the highest town in Europe, which boasts a lovely historical old town in addition to its natural splendours. Some of the ski resorts are also perfect bases for hikers and climbers in the summer months and two of the best for this purpose are Chamonix and Samoëns. Samoëns is one of the smaller French ski resorts and is a pretty medieval village which has been declared an historical monument.

Grenoble, the biggest city in the region, is also a good base for active excursions into the countryside as this beautiful city is surrounded by dramatic mountains and valleys. Grenoble is a vibrant university city which dates back over 2,000 years and offers great sightseeing options for tourists, including some interesting museums.


Aix-les-Bains

Aix-les-Bains is a popular and fashionable family holiday resort and spa town located on the eastern side of Lac du Bourget,…

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Annecy

Situated 80 miles (129km) east of Lyon, the holiday destination of Annecy has a magical setting on the shore of Lake…

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Briançon

Perched among the French Alps, Briançon is the highest town in Europe. The town is divided into the lower town,…

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Evian-les-Bains

Evian-les-Bains, on the southern end of Lake Geneva, is famous for its mineral water, which has been bottled since the…

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Grenoble

The beautiful university town of Grenoble, known in France as the 'Capital of the Alps', is situated on the Drac and…

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