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What to see in French Alps

French Alps Attractions

Aix-les-Bains and Evian-les-Bains are both 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 many spectacular trails in the Haute-Savoie region.

Another hikers' paradise is the mountain village of Briançon, the highest town in France, 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 that has been declared an historical monument.

Grenoble, the biggest city in the region dating back 2,000 years, is also a good base for active excursions into the countryside, as this beautiful city is surrounded by dramatic mountains and valleys. It's a vibrant university city and offers great sightseeing options.


Aix-les-Bains is a popular and fashionable family holiday resort and spa town located on the eastern side of Lac du Bourget, the largest natural freshwater lake in France. Although the lake is icy…

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Situated 80 miles (129km) east of Lyon, the holiday destination of Annecy has a magical setting on the shore of Lake Annecy, at the foot of the French Alps. It has been called the 'Venice of the Alps'…

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Perched among the French Alps, Briançon is the highest town in Europe. The town is divided into the lower town, where the Durance and Guisane rivers meet and much of the modern amenities lie;…

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Evian-les-Bains, on the southern end of Lake Geneva, is famous for its mineral water, which has been bottled since the early 18th century, when tests revealed that the water has astonishing curative…

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The beautiful university town of Grenoble, known in France as the 'Capital of the Alps', is situated on the Drac and Isère Rivers, and is surrounded by proud mountains, dramatic gorges and hidden…

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The small village of Talloires has fashioned a booming tourist industry from the very best in raw ingredients: medieval architecture, charming locals, and picturesque surroundings ripe with opportunity…

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