It follows summer and precedes winter, yet between these two key seasons in Samoëns, autumn does not in any way mean downtime. We offer you an overview of the activities on offer: sports, culture, treasure hunts with the family: make your choice(s)!

Contemporary sculptures in the heart of the Giffre Valley

A stone’s throw from Samoëns, visit La Chartreuse de Mélan until October 30 (free entry) (open every day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. until October 30). Located in Taninges, this former monastery built 700 years ago belonged to the Carthusian order. As you walk through the monastery park, you can admire contemporary sculptures that fit into the landscape of the Giffre valley, the architecture of the Chartreuse, but also the particular history of the place. A real bridge between the environment, the past of the place and the present.

 Sport activities

Are you athletic? Do you want to experience thrills and discover a magnificent natural heritage? The Samoëns tourist office offers a whole series of activities. Paragliding in the mountains guarantees both thrills and indelible visual memories. Baptisms and courses can be booked with the various service providers, just like rafting. Want to walk and admire the exceptional panorama of the Alps? We reveal many hiking routes, for all levels, from hikes for beginners to challenges for the most experienced among you. With the Via Ferrata, between hiking and climbing, explore the most spectacular landscapes. Once again, many activities are available through service providers: à la carte multi-activities, courses for children, itineraries or even equipment rental.


Activities to share with the family

Autumn rhymes with Halloween. And what better than a treasure hunt on this theme to delight the little ones (and their parents)? This game is available from 17 to 31 October and the booklet can be obtained from the tourist advisers at the Tourist Office. To fill up on food between two rounds of the trail, go to the Ferme des Cimes for a snack to taste delicious local products (every day from 11am to 5pm). Wandering through the village on the little train is a pleasant way to take a break while discovering the beauty of Samoëns (call Claude the driver for the timetable 06 10 40 83 08).

Fishing and pottery

From the heights of the village, on the Chemin des Chapelles – Mathonex, learn about pottery. The Puce de Cécile workshop welcomes you every day from 2pm to 7pm, except on Sundays. Another great idea for an activity to finish this overview: fishing at the Lac aux Dames. In an idyllic setting and with your family, enjoy this passionate sport with your children (free card available from the holiday advisors).


This is the perfect time of year to visit the Botanical Garden. Created in 1906 by Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jay, founder of La Samaritaine, this place, classified as a remarkable garden, contains no less than 4800 mountain plants, divided into 2500 species. To end a day in beauty, what could be better than contemplating a sunset on the summits of Samoëns? One of the most beautiful spots to admire one is La Bourgeoise, at the top of the Joux Plane pass.