Reaching 1,379 metres in altitude, Mt Salève overlooks Geneva and offers stunning views of the Alps and the Jura. Take the cable car to the summit to enjoy great views and get a taste of what is to come during your holidays in Haute-Savoie. Here, amongst the mountain landscapes and unspoilt nature, sits La Colombière Campsite.
Those who enjoy hiking and outdoor sports will love the many marked walking and mountain biking trails.
If you prefer art and sightseeing, you must explore the historic centres of Geneva and Annecy as well as the picturesque mediaeval town of Yvoire curled around the banks of Lake Lémen.
And wherever you stop, you can find an inn or cellar door to remind you that Haute-Savoie is a land of good food where you can savour succulent cheeses and surprising wines.
On the banks of Lake Léman, or Lake Geneva depending on whether you find yourself on the French or Swiss side of the border, is the internationally famous city of Geneva which is home to some 250 international bodies, including the United Nations’ European headquarters. But Geneva is much more than just an administrative city. Its historical centre entices you to stroll among the elegant buildings overlooked by the Saint-Pierre Cathedral. From the top of its towers, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Geneva.
Nicknamed the Venice of the Alps because of the canals running through its historical centre, Annecy is a treasure trove of flowery, colourful façades. In addition to its charm and architecture, Annecy boasts an exceptional setting as the city is set amongst mountains on the banks of a sparkling emerald lake.
The delightful mediaeval town of Yvoire features an idyllic setting on the banks of Lake Léman. Voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, this fortified town is crisscrossed by a network of lanes leading to the lake and marina. Take the time to lose yourself in its lanes and admire its elegant stone buildings. The landscaped 5-sense garden entices you to relax in an island of greenery.
The Glières Plateau in the Bornes mountain range was a mecca for the French Resistance. Today, you can visit the regional resistance museum and a deportation memorial. These two sites bear witness to a tragic past while highlighting the courage of the people who resisted the Nazis. The plateau is a fascinating, moving site that visitors passionate about history will be sure to visit.
As the ‘Roof of Europe’, Mont Blanc is a perfect place to admire stunning alpine landscapes including glaciers, needles and snowy peaks. Take the cable car from Chamonix on a short ride of a few minutes up to the Aiguille du Midi which reaches 3,842 metres high. From up here, the view over the Mont Blanc mountain range is gorgeous.
By taking the Mt Salève cable car, you can reach the summit of this 1,300-metre high mountain in only four minutes There, you can discover a magnificent view of Geneva and Lake Léman. Make the most of it and enjoy a walk along the hiking trails perched on the crater of Mt Salève.
Decorated with sparkly lights, Santa Claus’ Hamlet gives you a glimpse of his life at this 1,200m2 site. Gaze in wonder at the magical world of this hamlet! Step inside and you are instantly in a dream setting, then visit Mrs Claus, Père Fouettard and the baby’s dummy grotto.
Cirque du Fer à Cheval gets its name from the shape of its cliffs, which form a semicircle or horseshoe (‘fer à cheval’ in French). Its impressive height (2,000 metres) creates a multitude of waterfalls, which vary in number depending on the season. It is easy to access.