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Highlights in Haute-Savoie
- Winter sports resorts
- Green tourism
- Savoyard cuisine
- Rich historical heritage
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When you think of Haute-Savoie, you immediately think of the snow-covered slopes of the Alps and their famous resorts all over the world, but this department is also a mecca for green tourism. Winter and summer alike, Haute-Savoie holiday rentals are therefore the ideal way to easily plan a long weekend in the mountains or a whole week spent skiing down the slopes. The accommodation provided for travellers in Haute-Savoie is very varied and will satisfy all your desires. Whether you are looking for a seasonal rental in Annecy or Thonon-les-Bains for a few days getaway in a pretty town or accommodation at the foot of the cable cars, you will easily find satisfaction. Comfortable, well arranged and equipped with all the facilities you will need during your stay, Haute-Savoie's seasonal accommodation is suitable for families, couples, groups of friends and people travelling alone.
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Location and orientation
This department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region is bordered by the Ain and Savoie rivers and, above all, by the border with Switzerland. If the department is immediately associated with the Mont-Blanc massif and the splendour of the Alpine mountains, it also has many renowned lakes such as Lake Annecy and the famous Lake Geneva, separating France from Switzerland. The largest city in Haute-Savoie is Annecy, its prefecture, followed by Thonon-les-Bains and Annemasse.Crossing the Alps
The department has two main stations, in Annecy and Annemasse, both served by the TGV, as well as stations for regional trains such as those in Chamonix, Thonon-les-Bains, Cluses and Bonneville. The main ski resorts offer a high season shuttle system to transport passengers by train to the bottom of the slopes. If you plan to spend most of your time visiting Annecy or skiing in Chamonix, you will certainly not need a car once you get there. On the other hand, if you have come to explore this part of Savoy as much as possible, you will appreciate having your own vehicle. For example, it takes about two and a half hours to reach the Mont-Blanc massif from Lyon by taking the A43 and a little over seven hours via the A6 from Paris. Snow tires will be needed in winter on small mountain roads.
Destination for fans of sliding sports
From the beginning of the 20th century, Haute-Savoie began to equip itself with modern resorts. Today, Chamonix, Megève and Avoriaz attract an international clientele while others such as Saint Gervais cultivate a more family atmosphere. With more than 50 resorts in the department, Haute-Savoie allows everyone to find the spot that suits them, whatever their level and tastes. One of the most popular places in the Alpine massif is Le Grand Bornand, thanks to its authentic village and quality estate. With 90 km of slopes dedicated to alpine skiing, 43 km for Nordic skiing and a vast snowpark, it attracts both experienced skiers and beginners. Another must-see is La Clusaz, with nearly 100 km of cross-country skiing trails.Practice your favourite sports and discover others
Most Haute-Savoie resorts highlight alpine and nordic skiing but also offer a number of additional options. While the more experienced will certainly want to try snowboarding, freestyle skiing or snowkiting, others will prefer snowshoeing or tobogganing. All the major resorts also have everything you need for entertainment and pampering, from the spa to the local restaurant and the casino.
Abundance, chevrotin or beaufort are among the dozens of cheeses made in Haute-Savoie.
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From the beginning of the nineteenth century, celebrities from all over Europe rushed to admire this gigantic glacier, from Empress Josephine to Victor Hugo and George Sand. Today, access to the Mer de Glace and its Grotte de Glace is provided by the Montenvers rack railway.2. Venture into the Garden of the Five Senses
In the small town of Yvoire, a vegetable labyrinth has been created, planted with trees, flowers and aromatic and medicinal herbs. Open from April to October, it revives the tradition of medieval gardens.3.Falling under the spell of Annecy
Crossed by the canals of Vassé, Annecy is often called the Venice of the Alps. Its picturesque atmosphere and magnificently restored old town centre make it one of the most pleasant cities in France. Its castle and Palais de l'Isle are particularly worth a visit.4.Take some height at the Aiguille du Midi
Taking the cable car to an altitude of more than 3800 metres is a unique experience. Once at the top, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Aosta Valley and the Italian Piedmont.5.Discover the cuisine of Haute-Savoie
Local restaurants highlight the dishes that have made Savoy famous. On the crozets menu, you will find small square pastas often served in broth, mountain pan-fried in white wine and, of course, the essential fondues and raclette.
FAQs: Holiday Rentals & Lettings in Haute-Savoie
With an average price of £183.96 per night, Haute-Savoie lies at the upper end of the price range for holiday rentals in France.
According to our most recent historical data, the months that hurt your pocket the least in Haute-Savoie are November, October, and September, with average prices of £173.49, £174.02 and £177.62, respectively.
When it comes to renting a holiday letting in Haute-Savoie, the highest prices are found in the month of February (with an average of £196.8 per night), followed by August (£196.07), and July (£192.29).
So you don't run out of accommodation options in Haute-Savoie, we recommend you to think ahead, as 57% of rentals are usually booked, according to last year's data.
The month with the highest average booked rental figures is February (only 22.8% of properties were available on average in 2019). Followed by August (28.8%), and January (41.5%).
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