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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!
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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.
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.
Unique in the sector! Set off to discover the heritage of the Haut Giffre valley equipped with electric mountain bikes and saddlebags which will bring you even more comfort.
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.
Usually closed to the public, the Jaÿsinia chapel will be open thanks to "Les Amis des Chapelles" Association.
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.
Around the emblematic alpine garden La Jaÿsinia, Samoëns organises the Botanical Days on the theme of Culinary in the Garden.
Synchronize your breathing with the rhythm of your steps for a regenerative walk. A relaxing and almost meditative experience.
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...
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...
The Giffre is an outstanding mountain river. It crosses Samoëns and allows all water-related activities.
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.
This chapel was built in 1636 by Joseph de Gex, Baron de Saint-Christophe, Lord of Vallon, and the local councilors.
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 Saint-Théodule chapel in the hamlet of Vigny in Samoëns was built by the village councilors in 1675.
Samoens used to be world famous for its stone masons, who exported their know-how to building sites all over the world.
A guided tour in our Botanical Garden. In French only.
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.
Ultra-Trail® du Haut-Giffre is one of the biggest and the most amazing mountain races in the Valley to discover without any hesitation!
The guides are essential to discover the beautiful mountains of the Giffre valley in complete safety. On the programme, the mountain guide ceremony in the morning, followed by a lot of mountain activities from 2pm to 6pm.
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.
Samoëns invites you to come and immerse yourself in American culture for a weekend, with country dance workshops accompanied by wild dances, concerts, horse and mechanical shows, a market and vehicle exhibitions.
Every Thursday of the summer, Samoëns offers a high quality musical programming. Emerging artists of national or international stature will share their music, passion and talent for unforgettable moments.
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.
Guided tour of the village in the « Septitrain ». A fun and original way to discover Samoens.
Cyclists, this challenge is for you! Two departures: Samoëns and Morzine to reach the famous Joux Plane pass in a privileged way, the road being reserved for cyclists. A friendly refreshment station awaits you at the top.
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.