Haute-Savoie is on of the best destination in the world for winter sports enthusiasts. This region has the highest mountain in France, the famous Mont Blanc of 4800 meters high. The famous ski domain Portes du Soleil lies on the border with Switzerland, but also Le Grand Massif has many snowy slopes and lively après-ski bars. Many winter sports are practiced in both Savoie and Haute-Savoie.
Many ski resorts are connected and easely accessible. Discover the many ski resorts, ideal for a stay with the family. In the town of Chamonix the first Winter Olympics took place, in 1924. From the centre of Chomonix, a 20 minutes ride in the Aiguille du Midi cable car takes you to the gateway to the high Alps. Thrill seekers allow themselves to bring to the peak of 3842 meters. There enjoy extraordinary views of Mont Blanc and other mountains.
In addition to these ski resorts, the Haute-Savoie has other destinations that are worth visiting. Like Lake Geneva and lake d'Annecy. Thanks to the clear blue waters, this is considered the most beautiful and cleanest lake in the country. The clean waters of Thonon-les-Bains, situated on the south shore of Lake Geneva, is best known for its use of the relaxing thermal baths which can be found there. In addition, the water is shipped around the world as source water for the Evian brand.
Visit the magnificent city of Annecy, also called the Venice of the Alps. Wander during your vacation through the old, narrow streets and canals and admire the colorful houses. In the cosy streets you can go shopping and enjoy the delights that the region has to offer on one of the terraces. Doing Culture is on the outskirts of town where you will find the castle of Annecy and Chateau d'Annecy. This castle is one of the higher parts of the city and therefore ensures from the tower for a magnificent view over the city and lake. Admire the Palais de l'Ile, often described as a 'house in the shape of a ship'. This protected monument has been a prison in the twelfth century as the residence of the Lord of Annecy.
Make your stay in Haute-Savoie and enjoy an unforgettable experience during a tandem paraglide from the breathtaking view over the mountains of Chamonix. Would you rather stay with both feet on the ground? Choose a segway tour or descent in the summer the slopes on a mountain bike. The choice is yours!