Ah, Haute-Savoie! The tartiflette and its Reblochon, tommes, fondue, raclette, croziflette, matafans, charcuterie, cheeses, Génépi, Chartreuse ... In short, just its gourmet and reassuring cuisine, ideal to keep you warm during winter, is reason enough to visit Haute-Savoie. But your love affair with Haute-Savoie can also last with all the possibilities it offers, whether you are an adventurer, a sportsman, a homebody, a nature lover or maybe you just need a break. Whether you are with family, friends or alone, everything is allowed. Because in the mountains, you have multiple options: lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, mountains, caves, plateaus, isolated rocks and valleys. Because, whatever the season, you can move or relax, go skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snowshoeing, ice skating during the winter, or swimming and sunbathing during the summer, or pedaling, hiking, paragliding, hang gliding in any season. And finally, because, you can take advantage of the many luxurious destinations and spas to relax and take care of yourself, but also many restaurants to taste the local gastronomy or eat delicious dinners for two. And to accommodate you without ruining your budget, Airotel offers many luxurious campsites. Three main destinations are noteworthy in Haute-Savoie: Annecy and its famous lake, Chamonix and its beautiful valley and the valley of Giffre.
The famous Annecy Lake will give you the feeling of being both in the mountains and at the sea. The cleanest lake in Europe but also the chief town of Haute-Savoie, Annecy is a cultural, gastronomic and historical city. You will be charmed by the cobbled streets of the old town, its pretty river, its castle, its old prisons, its basilica, its park, its public places, its old carousel ... For the amateurs of sports sensations, many possibilities to discover Annecy are available to you: tour of the lake by bike, on the bike path, by road, while crossing the various villages surrounding the lake; hikes in Annecy itself or on the heights (also possible by bike); on the lake itself, with a boat, cruising or in a more athletic way through stand-up paddle. And you can also discover the nearby Semnoz, Veyrier and Tournette.
Visit Chamonix, this Roman-style city, to get your fill of sensations. Visit the Mont Blanc Massif and its glaciers, to gaze at: waterfalls, sea ice, Aiguille du Midi, but also the impressive historical and cultural heritage. There's nothing like the surrounding ski resorts and the many lakes to swim in during the summer.
The Giffre river, emerging from the mountain, making its way through the mountains, taking the gravel that it collected with it. Fed by different rivers and different mountain streams, its volume is particularly important during floods. But in its valley, you can relax, fish the famous mountain trout, swim or simply tan on its banks.