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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 fleuris' awards.

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?