You know the saying: Great things are done when men and mountains meet. And for good reason! The mountain is often an authentic terroir and its inhabitants have a strong character. During the winter months, it is a rich and tasty cuisine which comforts you. It is also full of sensations with many sports activities. And finally, it is the relaxation, the discovery and the return to the sources, with a preserved nature, with a virgin wild beauty, with exceptional fauna and flora, many stations of relaxation, and panoramas that are always different depending on which way you look. During summer as well as winter, you can enjoy the mountain however you desire. A spotlight on the most mountainous department of France: the beautiful Savoie. We take you to two of its flagship destinations: Lake Aiguebelette and its capital Chambéry.
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The magnificent Lake Aiguebelette is located in the middle of lush greenery, sheltered by the mountain of Epine. Its high-quality environment has made it part of the Natura 2000 network. In the shape of a triangle, it has two small islands, green banks, and an exceptional flora and fauna. It also offers tourists beautiful supervised beaches and many water activities. Thanks to the mountain of the Epine, the lake is not subject to the wind, which allows the practice of rowing. In September 2015, it did host the world rowing championships. To see the lake in height, stroll along the Sardinian and Roman routes: from the passes of Saint Michel and the Crucifix, you can contemplate the Bauges and Lake Bourget, in addition to the magnificent Lake Aiguebelette. Around the lake itself, many hiking trails are available to discover the local terroir. Young and old, sportsmen or not, everyone will be able to admire this water mirror, the ruins of the castle of Montbel, Sougey, the cave of Mandrin and the biotope zones of the Lake. The trails are accessible for on foot hiking or cycling.
The very surprising Chambéry is a mountain town, but also a ball ... of water! Because, one of the peculiarities of Chambéry, is having a swampy ground, due to the crossing of three rivers: the Hyère, the Albane and the Leysse. Part of its center was mounted on piles. The French twin sister of the Italian Turin, Chambéry has an Italian architecture in its center but also medieval. The Saint-François cathedral is interesting to visit because of its 6000 m² of trompe l'oeil. The city is not attached to the lakes, there are many fountains that serve as cooling spots for the inhabitants. The most famous is the Elephants Fountain. Nature lovers and serenity will be charmed by the garden of Charmettes, praised by the greatest writers (Rousseau, Lamartine); also by the numerous cycle tracks which, totaling more than 83 kilometers, surround the Bourget lake.