Presentation of the destination
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is a renowned ski resort, located in Haute-Savoie. Covering an area of 63 square kilometers, it welcomes more than 5 600 inhabitants, called the Saint-Gervolains. The main asset of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains lies in the fact that it is on its territory that is Mont Blanc. The history of the city is very old, since there are traces of life dating back more than 4000 years, but the town has experienced its rural growth in the XIV century, then a tourist boom with the discovery of thermal springs in 1806. At about the same time, different mountaineers storm the slopes of Mont Blanc with more or less success. Finally, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains started its activity of ski resort in 1930.
Points of interests / things to see
If the rise of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains as a ski resort is recent, this activity remains its main asset today. The altitude of the ski resort Evasion Mont Blanc varies between 1000 and 2000 meters above sea level. This ski area ranks third among France's biggest skiers, with its 445 kilometers of track. The estate has 219 trails and a little more than a hundred lifts. More precisely, the tracks are divided as follows: there are 34 black runs, 80 red runs, 63 blue runs, 42 green runs. There is enough to satisfy the beginner as the amateur or the confirmed enthusiast. Apart from the tracks, one can also find there some snowparks and grounds of off-piste. For the off-piste, the area is accessible only to skiers confirmed and equipped accordingly, and well informed, including the weather report and the avalanche bulletin. /> The packages are very varied and adapted to all durations and all levels. You can find the details here: Â http://www.ski-saintgervais.com/fr/hiver/achat-forfaits/skipass-evasion-mont-blanc.php The estate can be found at 4383 route du Bettex in Saint Gervais, and can be reached at +33 (0) 4 50 93 11 87.
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains consists of different small villages, offering different choices of hikes. Whether in the summer or winter, hiking through the wild Mont Blanc wilderness will change the descent for a day and leave an unforgettable memory. Whether it's your first hike or you're a confirmed adventurer, you'll be spoiled for choice. Some hikes are however only accessible in summer: in winter, make sure of snowshoes. Thrill-seekers will appreciate some circuits more than others, including the one using a footbridge over the torrent, near the thermal baths. Many other routes are much quieter and quieter, and follow scenic routes all along the route. Some are even accessible to families with strollers. In any case, you will discover the wonders of nature surrounding Mont Blanc and bring back wonderful photos. An online module assists you in choosing your route, according to the village of departure and the duration of the hike. A short description of the hike summarizes the strengths and difficulties: Â http://www.saintgervais.com/en/discover-saint-gervais/sleeds-of-walking.html
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains takes its name from its spa, internationally renowned. The offer of the establishment is particularly complete, ranging from simple wellness programs to health treatments. Indeed, spa treatments are effective in the context of certain dermatological treatments, rheumatological, or for the respiratory tract. For tourists, there are different formulas, and it is also possible to book stays of several days if you wish, or to benefit from family programs. There is also a wellness course, developed recently, lasting from 2h30 to 3h, going through three stages: the preparation, the regeneration and healing. A team of professionals is at your service, composed of a dancer, a sophorologist, a shiatsu practitioner and aestheticians. In high season, the thermal baths are open every day, from 8:30 to 21h from Monday to Saturday and from 13:30 to 20:30 on Sundays. From Wednesday to Saturday are organized the "nocturnes" from 18h. It is possible to reach the thermal baths of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains by phone at 04 50 47 54 57. Bath towels are included in the rates.
The Church of St. Nicholas of Vr., Dedicated to Nicolas de Myre, is of Baroque style. It was declared a historic monument in 2006. If it is mentioned for the first time in 1280, it seems that it has been eradicated Earlier, since Elel received in the XIth century a relic of the saint to whom it is dedicated, in the form of a wrist bone, encased in an arm reliquary. This dedication gave the church a pre-eminent place in the religious life of the region, and greatly increased its attraction and popularity. Renovated in 1725 thanks to the donations of the locals, it testifies and shows the religious fervor of the inhabitants of the surroundings at the time. Built entirely of materials of the country, the bell-tower is anterior to its renovation and date as for him of 1698. In the XIXth century was realized on its veil by the painters Giuseppe Antonio and Lorenzo Avondo a painting depicting the apotheosis of St. Nicholas. These Italian painters were neighbors of Haute-Savoie, originating from Valvesia. Their work has been preserved until today.
The Mont Blanc tramway is one of the essential elements of a visit to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. It is open every day in winter but the hours may vary in summer. It is in this way that skiers join the plateau Bellevue, culminating at 1800 meters above sea level, to devalue the slopes of the Prarion, with the guarantee of an extraordinary panorama all along the mountain. From the descent. In summer, he leads climbers to the place known as the Eagle's Nest, at 2372 meters above sea level, where adventurers can join the refuges of Tete Rousse and GoÃ © ter before embarking on the ascent of Mont Blanc. The trams as a whole testify to the technological effervescence of the beginning of the century: built in 1904 after 10 years of reflection, it was originally intended to rally Aiguille du Midi, located at 3842 meters. The trams start from the avenue de la gare, in Le Fayet. The details of timetables, prices and services are available directly on the tramway website at this address: http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr. It is possible to bring your dog if you have one, as long as it is on a leash.
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is a ski resort, many other sports activities are also offered. In summer as in winter, you can learn paragliding and fly over the beautiful alpine landscapes during a smooth descent. For more sensations, it is possible to turn to rafting and to devastate the torrents of the country hydrospeed, canoraft or other, or to try the jump to the elastic. Men can also get rid of dirt monster while the ladies learn to skate. All the activities are listed and detailed. At this address: Â http://www.saintgervais.com/en/sport-and-montagne/sports-activities/annual-sports-activities.html
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is a small village but possesses a rich historical heritage. The Maison Forte de Hautetour, located in the heart of the city, brings together several places in one: there is the cross-border house of guides, a residence of artists, as well as the observatory of the glaciers of the Mont White. The observatory offers a virtual ascent of Mont Blanc in 9 stages, while the residence regularly displays temporary exhibitions. The Foret de Hautetour House has schedules very variable according to the days and the year, do not hesitate to check them to this address Â http://www.saintgervais.com/en/cultural-life/ cultural-heritage --sitraPCU875460 - fortified house de hautetour.html. The entrance costs 5 euros.
Inside the Church of St. Nicholas of Verocho, in the presbytery, there is the Museum of Sacred Art, welcoming the treasure of the building composed of objects and liturgical devices, statues and paintings covering a period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The treasure is never exposed as a whole and visible objects are renewed every six months. The story of the village and hawkers is also covered, and a route for children ages 7 to 12 has been developed to allow children to discover the museum in a friendly way. playful.
The remains of Chatelet are near the town hall, at 50 Avenue du Mont Arbois. These are the remains of a fortress of probably medieval origin. We know that it was the property of the Lacroix family at the beginning of the XVth century, before passing from XVIth to XVIIIth century under the control of the family from Fresney. The place served both as a residence and as a defensive complex, but it has been up to date recently and its type is rare in the region. The place is accessible every day and the entrance is free.
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How to get there ?
Getting to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains By plane The nearest airport is Geneva, located 70 kilometers away. Those of Chambéry and Lyon are also at a reasonable distance. By train The city has its own station, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet, and is accessible from any point in France, with a change in general at Bellegarde, and sometimes before at Lyon. In high season, direct trains from Paris are organized: it is necessary to comtper 5 hours of travel. By car By car, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is accessible by Megève through the Gorges de l'Arly, or Annecy and Geneva, at exit 21 of the A40. Then just follow the signs. From Paris, take the A6 before reaching the A40. By bus Bus rides are regularly organized. More information is available at the following address: www.sat-montblanc.com Getting there By car The most simple is to have your own car to be able to visit the valley and the surroundings. In Facilibus The Facilibus are a system of transport clean with the city, cost , nt 5 euros the week and free for -25 years. It is necessary to reserve the journeys the day before. More information is available at this address: Â http://www.saintgervais.com/fr/life-practical/transport-facilibus.html. On foot If you stay on the resort and do not plan any activity other than skiing and thermal baths, the mechanical lifts will suffice.
Saint-gervais-les-bains city hall
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