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With its Bauhaus influence and engaging modernist architecture, Flaine is a unique resort in a majestic setting in the Grand Massif domain of the Haute-Savoie region in France. The resort was the brainchild of the geophysicist Eric Boissonnas and the avant-garde architect Gérard Chervaz. They found the site for the resort in the late 1950’s and set about designing a contemporary town which harmonized with the environment and yet embodied a new, bold architectural style.
The results of their endeavours provoke some controversy and the look of Flaine has a somewhat ‘marmite’ effect on visitors. What is true however is that Flaine is a fabulous centre for a break in the mountains. The mountain views are truly spectacular and with a car free town centre and forward thinking tourism policy, Flaine has carved out its own niche as an interesting and dynamic summer destination.
Les Carroz on the other hand is an authentic alpine village in the heart of the Alps surrounded by farms and mountain pastures like many of its Haute-Savoie agricultural peers. It too has been transformed into a fully operational and well equipped tourist resort like neighbouring Flaine but contains much more rustic charm and authentic character typical of the region with plenty of private chalets to rent.
There are over 150 km of marked paths for you to explore in and around Flaine. The Grandes Platières cable car remains open 7 days a week through the Summer season and whisks you up to the top of the mountain in just 12 minutes. From the top of the lift you can access scores of different routes from more gentle family strolls to more challenging hikes such as the six hour walk to Tête du Colonney. Mountain guides will be on hand to offer advice to walkers of all levels.
One destination not to miss is The Desert de Platé. This spectacular limestone plateau is only accessible on foot and once you arrive there you will be treated to an outstanding desert landscape not found anywhere else in Europe.
The Grand Massif is a big draw for mountain bikers with trails and routes for all levels. If you are just starting out in the sport head for the Lou Darbes blue run in Les Carroz. This 4km long track is pretty flat and snakes through an enchanting forest. Les Carroz is also home to a fantastic bike park with 5 courses for you to try out. In Flaine you can access over 100kms of marked MTB trails and there are guided outings you can book onto throughout the summer season.
After flying to Geneva Airport transfers are just 60 minutes for Les Carroz (75 km) in the most part along the Route Blanche. Transfers to Flaine continue up past Les Carroz via tight windy alpine switchbacks and usually takes approximately 90 minutes (90km).
Peak Transfer are a fully insured, licensed and reliable transfer service providing airport and resort transfers across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps including Flaine and Les Carroz (view our licence). We transport you in comfort directly to your destination door without any hassle nor additional fees for luggage (including skis, snowboards and bikes) or baby and child seats. Take advantage of our modern well equipped vehicles that can carry up to 8 passengers by getting a quick quote or booking your private transfer with us. You can find our raving reviews on the Peak Transfer Testimonials Page.
There’s a reasonable selection of eateries in the area to choose from with Aux Petits Oignons, The Bistrot Grill du Gron and La Spatule in Les Carroz getting consistently good reviews. In Flaine the Brasserie les Cîmes is atmospheric with good menu choices and the intimate Grain de Sel provides great value for money. Out on the mountain Restaurant Le Blanchot serves delicious food and has a friendly vibe while the Michet is a good choice to try out local specialities.
The Haute-Savoie has a rich food tradition and there are lots of hearty dishes you should try while you are in the area. 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. Also keep an eye out for any freshly caught local fish on the Summer menus and to round things off the Tarte aux Myrtilles is a fantastic local dessert.
As Flaine is predominantly a resort which appeals to families the nightlife is not as lively as you might find in other mountain towns but there are still a few great choices to enjoy a drink and some entertainment after a day out in the fresh air.
The Flying Dutchman in Forêt is upbeat and there’s often a singalong in the evening while The White Pub is a good choice to watch big screen sport and enjoy the live music which is often played. If you are in the mood for dancing head to La Cave for some old school disco.
Chalet stays are definitely the most popular way to visit Flaine and there is a lot of good quality family accommodation to choose from. In Flaine Forêt there are some newly modernized apartment blocks you might want to consider including Les Terrasses de Veret and Residence la Forêt. Some of the original blocks in town offer basic options for those on a tight budget. If you choose to stay in Les Carroz, have a look Les Chalets de Jouvence and Les Fermes du Soleil.
There are also some great hotels in town, the hippest of all being the Hotel Totem. The rooms are very comfortable and imaginatively decorated and there’s an indulgent spa for some ‘R&R’ after a hard day enjoying the mountains.
The philosophy of Flaine is to make sure that all guests who visit the area return home with their batteries recharged. To that effect they go out of their way to lay on lots of subsidised entertainment and activities for all the family. You can start your day with a lively exercise class or how about an energetic game of tennis? Archery and table tennis are also on offer. For the kids there are lots of all-time favourites to enjoy such as a giant air pillow, trampolines and arts and crafts sessions. To access these activities, you’ll need a ‘Flaine Summer Pass’ These are often provided free of charge from the chalets in town or they can be purchased for a reasonable cost from the Tourist Office, look here for details.
If you prefer adventure sports while you are up in the mountains, then Flaine has plenty to offer. A Climber’s paradise with an abundance of climbing opportunities covering all the grades of difficulty. Potholing and canyoning are also available locally as is paragliding and golf. One unusual sport to try is ‘Cani-rondo’ – hiking through the valleys harnessed to a husky dog – lots of fun and suitable for all the family.
With such an architectural pedigree, Flaine is understandably proud of its design heritage. The local library and cultural centre are worth a visit to learn more about the beginnings of Flaine and in particular the work of Marcel Breuer. You’ll also find a piece by Picasso hidden away here, surely not many mountain towns can offer that!
If you want a change from the utilitarian feel of Flaine, then Le Grand Massif has lots of stunningly picturesque little villages dotted around the mountains and valleys so a day spent pottering around the local area is most worthwhile.
Flaine holds some imaginative events throughout the Summer months. In late July there is kite week when visitors are invited to join creative workshops to create their own kites and there are free afternoon shows for all to enjoy.
In late August why not try your hand at the skill of origami? The Rock n’ Paper event promises to teach young and old the basics of this ancient Japanese art with free daily workshops and folk music laid on to keep you entertained.
One of the most prestigious events which takes place each Summer in Flaine is the Académie Internationale de Musique de Flaine. For two weeks at the start of August budding musicians are invited to attend high level music lessons and locals and visitors can enjoy the 350 strong orchestras performing concerts throughout the fortnight.
Flaine welcomes families with open arms and tries very hard to keep younger guests amused and entertained. The Flaine Forêt is a great starting point for visiting families as it houses a number of fun activities including the 6 lane Galaxy Bowling alley and a challenging indoor climbing wall where instructors will happily teach those keen to gain altitude the fun way.
Flaine is well supplied with swimming pools and many of the self-catering buildings will have their own pool where the kids can have a splash and let off some steam. For a modest fee you can also try out the aquatic facilities at the Residence Le Centaure. There are two pools for all to enjoy and the adults aren’t forgotten either as there are hot tubs and steam rooms aplenty. One not to miss is the Flaine adventure park where kids of all ages can swing through the trees on the rope course.
Special events are also laid on throughout the Summer with family entertainment at their heart. Circus workshops are run regularly with balloon animal making, unicycle lessons and plate spinning providing lots of good laughs.
These websites provide some useful information about Flaine: