Summer, Spring or Autumn!
The Valley Giffre is probably one of the
prettiest valleys in the French Alps. Its towns are dated
from the 17th century and consistently win the coveted 'ville
Samöens is a small friendly and unspoiled
typical French village with all of the amenities including
a choice of 5 banks, patisseries specialising in hand crafted
chocolates, maisons de presse / paper and bookshops plus numerous
cafes with tables and chairs spilling out across the pavements
or squares for you to sit out and watch the world go by while
enjoying a pan au chocolat, coffee or 'une verre'!
Neighbouring Sixt, at the head of the valley
is a French national site, with a 12th century abbey and vast
natural reserves that include Europe's highest sheer limestone
face on Tenneverge. This peak at Fer à Cheval forms part of
a remarkable glacial circle with several waterfalls cascading
from its high ledges.
We are also a superb base for a touring
holiday. Whether by car or motorbike, the relatively empty
roads are a joy to drive, Switzerland and Italy are just an
hour away. Beautiful Lake Geneva has many lovely resorts including
the old town of Yvoire, famous for its pottery, Evian for
its mineral water, Montreux for the Jazz festival and Thonon.
Cruises are available from just a simple crossing to a full
tour around the lake.
One of our favorites is the medieval town
of Annecy with its beautiful lake, beach, antique markets
and flower bedecked river walks with an abundance of local
restaurants, great shopping and coffee shops. These together
with delightful Chamonix are only an hour's drive away.
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With temperatures being consistently high from April onwards
and often settling in to 30+ degrees by the beginning of June, the
clear mountain air and lack of traffic jams, why bother going to
the beach this year?