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Summer is Samoëns means a holiday in a small town full of old chalets and flower-decked balcones or in the renovated wooden farmhouses in the nearby hamlets. It means a whole range of leisure activities.
Samoëns stretches over slopes at altitudes of between 700 and 2,500 metres in the heart of the Upper Giffre Valley to the north-east of Haute-Savoie. It lies midway between Chamonix and Geneva, at the foot of Mount Criou and only a short distance from the glacial cwm known as the "Horseshoe" (Fer à Cheval), the final outcrop of limestone Alps before the granite peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. This is soft mountain scenery and is particularly restful and relaxing.
Now a summer and winter resort (it is part of the Grand Massif ski domain) with all the infrastructures that holidaymakers expect, it is proud of the fact that it has achieved all this without losing its traditional architecture and its cultural heritage.
How about coming to Samoëns outside the school holiday periods. There are fewer people, cheaper prices, in fact everything that the Tourist Office and service providers in the viillage can do to make you feel really at home and well catered for throughout the year!
This chapel was built in 1636 by Joseph de Gex, Baron de Saint-Christophe, Lord of Vallon, and the local councilors.
Samoens used to be world famous for its stone masons, who exported their know-how to building sites all over the world.
The Saint-Théodule chapel in the hamlet of Vigny in Samoëns was built by the village councilors in 1675.
The Chantemerle Chapel in Samoëns was built in 1684. It was placed under the protection of Saint-François de Sales. This popular saint in Savoy is often invoked as a multi-talented thaumaturge.
The Septimontains (inhabitants of Samoëns) have their own little train: the septitrain! An original and authentic way to discover the village.
Synchronize your breathing with the rhythm of your steps for a regenerative walk. A relaxing and almost meditative experience.
In cycling circles, the Joux-Plane pass is reputed as being one of the six most challenging passes in the French mountains, along with the Galibier, Izoard, Alpe d'Huez, Mont Ventoux and Tourmalet ascents.
This alpine chapel was built in the 17th century by a local resident. It was a cause of conflict between the inhabitants of the village and the monks.
Explore the hiking trails of Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval during this friendly trail competition and its 7 races designed for the most experienced sportsmen and women as well as for walking enthusiasts, families and children.
The Giffre is an outstanding mountain river. It crosses Samoëns and allows all water-related activities.
For 4 days, Samoëns will be living in American time, with country dancing (workshops and a ball), concerts, shows, a market, a far-west village, civilian and military vehicle gatherings and a sports centre.
Discover the traditional life on the slopes of Giffre mountains. Discover an old farm of the 19th century located in nature. Live a sensory experience, expressions of the everyday-life of that time.
Captivating atmosphere for this wildlife hike under the sign of observation. You are supervised by mountain professionals who will guide you in these privileged places. Watch for marmots or chamois.
The safest way to a successful holiday in Samoëns. Located near the centre of the village, beside a vast free car park, the artificial winter ice rink, the Tourist Office is open to visitors all year round.
The Etelley Chapel in Samoëns was built in 1818. It owes its name to an old noble family of the place "de Lestelley" and its denomination to a brotherhood of the Holy Spirit.
Located in the centre of historic Samoëns, the old covered market and the Large Lime Tree serve as reminders of an age-old past but are still used as convivial meeting-places. In fact, they are a major part of local life. A example of livin...
Usually closed to the public, the Jaÿsinia chapel will be open thanks to "Les Amis des Chapelles" Association.
This botanical garden classified as a remarkable garden was created in 1906 by Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jaÿ, founder of La Samaritaine. It is scientifically managed by the National Museum of Natural History.
Unique in the area! Discover the heritage of the Haut Giffre valley on an electric mountain bike with an instructor and a heritage guide.
Completed in 1555, the church of Notre-Dame de l'Assumption in Samoëns is an architectural testimony of the work of the famous stonecutters of the village.
The leisure centre is built around its two lakes, a short distance from the centre of the village, in country surroundings. It covers about 10 hectares. In summer, it is an ideal spot for relaxing with your family or friends. You can go for...
This is the most recent of the nine chapels in the hamlets of Samoëns. The Allamand Chapel was built by the residents of the hamlet with the same name in the 19th century.