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Peak Transfer | La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand Summer Guide
11th June 2016

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand Summer Guide

The charming village of La Clusaz and its smaller neighbour, Le Grand Bornand are set in the Aravis mountain range in the Haute Savoie. Situated between Lake Annecy and Mont Blanc, the area is rich in history and natural beauty.  The whole locale is full of charming mountain character and has retained a really traditional French feel. The beautiful mountain pastures which surround the villages give way to a stunning mountain backdrop with the 2,750m high Pointe Percée looming majestically in the distance.

La Clusaz is a beautifully authentic French alpine village

The Hiking & Biking

With over 150 km of marked trails in the area, there are plenty of walks of varying difficulty for summer visitors. A lovely one to start with is a really pleasant walk along forest paths just above Le Grand Bornand. Starting at “La Communaille” this meandering walk will take you around 90 minutes and passes some beautiful wooden animal sculptures along the way. To appreciate your surroundings all the more, the La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand Tourist Office can supply you with a guide to the local forest.

For the more energetic, how about following the 1,500m trail which skirts the edge of the river and incorporates 10 workout stations and 12 obstacles along the way. A great blast of fitness training in stunning surroundings.

Peak Transfer recommend hiking and via ferrata in La Clusaz this summer

For mountain bikers there is plenty of fun to be had on the slopes which surround the villages. Three ski lifts in Le Grand Bornand get you and your bike up the hill where you can access over 75 km of trails with 8 well established routes for you to try. In La Clusaz there are four lifts which operate in the Summer with 16 routes spread over 110 km of trail including an area for complete novices.

Get me there fast!

Flight times from the UK are around 90 minutes to Geneva Airport which is the closest and most convenient to resort. La Clusaz is approximately 70 km away from Geneva with a transfer time to the resort of just over an hour. Chambery and Lyon airports are other options you might want to consider. En route you can admire the plentiful traditional regional farms producing reblochon cheese amongst other local delicacies. Or perhaps the spectacular rock formations and waterfalls as the small alpine road navigates its way through the valley up to La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand.

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What to eat & where to eat it?

There are certainly plenty of choice to eat out in the area with all budgets and tastes catered for. In Le Grand Bornand a good bet is the family run Restaurant au Bon Vieux Temps set in a beautifully restored farmhouse with a lovely outdoor terrace. Restaurant la Bohème is another good choice particularly for pizzas and crepes. In La Clusaz head to l’Arbé for a rustic atmosphere and a delicious menu.

While you are in the area be sure to try some of the delicious Haute-Savoie specialities.  A particular favourite is Tartiflette. Local Reblochon cheese, potatoes, onions and cream are combined into a mouthwatering gratin and served piping hot from the oven.

When the sun sets

There are several bars which cater for the evening crowd and a good place to start for those in the higher reaches of Chinaillon in le Grand Bornand is The Bar Pub Green Monkey.  A lively, friendly place where a good time is guaranteed. If you fancy some dancing, head to The Beaver Creek Nightclub, which has a smarter vibe and formal dress is required. For a more sophisticated evening out over a delightful glass or two of fantastic local wine why not take advantage of one of the many chic bars or charming cafes lining the small windy lanes in the centre of La Clusaz. If you fancy trying your luck, then head to the Casino Imperial in La Clusaz.

Where to stay?

There are lots of accommodation types available in the villages from modern hotels, characterful gîtes and charming chalets to high altitude mountain refuges, holiday villages and camping. Perhaps the smartest hotel in town is the 4 star The Best Western Chalet Les Saytels offering comfortable, stylish rooms as well as two pools and a luscious spa.

La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand have beautiful chalets to rent this summer

For all accommodation bookings try the Le Grand Bornand  or La Clusaz Tourist Office accommodation pages.

Things to do

There’s a lovely Aquatic Complex in the centre of Le Grand Bornand with a fountain, wave pool, slides, massage jets and various swimming areas. There are lots of grassy terraces to relax on too, a fantastic place to cool off from the mountain sunshine. La Clusaz also has a wonderful outdoor pool.

Peak Transfer think Le Grand Bornands Swimming Complex is the perfect place to cool off this summer

Paragliding, tennis, golf, Nordic walking, Via Ferrata, paintball and fishing are all available locally. If you prefer your holidays at a gentler pace, there are some lovely spas to try. If you fancy something a bit different, why not sign up for a Cookery Course sourcing and foraging local ingredients from the mountains for your creations?

Places to see

A sympathetically resorted farm dating from 1830 is now the home to the ‘Maison du Patrimonie’. This well designed heritage centre is well worth a visit when staying in the area.  Discover what 19th Century life was like for mountain locals and admire the beautifully renovated architecture of the traditional buildings.

In high season guided tours are offered of the rustic and historic village of Chinaillon. This well preserved local landmark dates back to the 17th Century and boasts an historic chapel and many delightful ancient dwellings.

Originating in 1888 ‘The Stations of the Cross’ pilgrimage at nearby La Duche is well worth a look. The route joins the chapel of La Duche with St Bruno’s oratory and finishes at ‘The Blessed Fountain’ which to this day are said to have curative powers.

Events

This area has a dynamic and innovative programme of events throughout the Summer to cater for all kinds of interests. If you enjoy arts and crafts head to one of the numerous workshops which are being run and for music lovers, there are lots of concerts and karaoke on offer.

There’s a strong thread of celebrating mountain life with weekly markets selling local produce, wine and food tastings and visits to local food producers. One to watch out for is the ‘Fete de l’Alpage’ on 7th August. The day showcases traditional mountain activities with a milking competition, an ox drawn wagon parade and ends with a traditional mountain meal and fireworks.

In late August the kids will love the ‘Bonheur des Momes Festival’. A week long festival of family fun with entertainment, games, workshops and shows for all to enjoy. The focus of this annual event is on the environment and how to enjoy our surroundings responsibly.

In La Clusaz there’s a lovely village fair which takes place on 6th and 7th August. Shows, entertainment and fun for all of the family.

For Families

Kids will love the high and low ropes course in the Forest Adventure Trail ‘Les Dodes’. There are over 50 activities for junior daredevils to enjoy in a picturesque woodland setting. There’s also mini-golf and ping pong for the family to enjoy.

High rope adventures are a fantastic family fun activity whilst in Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz

For something a bit different there are short courses for children to have a go at being a farmer on a real working farm. They can look after the chickens, rabbits and sheep and learn about local crops. A really authentic mountain experience, click here for more information.

Want to find out more?

The tourist office websites are a great resource providing useful information regarding your stay in La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand:

La Clusaz Tourist Office

Le Grand Bornand Office

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