Chamonix is a traditional and cosmopolitan town set at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. The town centre has a good variety of shops, restaurants and bars; set against spectacular scenery makes it a popular holiday choice
You will have to book accommodation in advance of your holiday break
as it can be difficult to get in the main high season, winter and summer. The summer rates are slightly less expensive than in the winter season. There is a good choice of hotels, gites and hostels depending on your budget and needs.
The tourist office can help you with up to the minute details and information on climbing and walking in this area. One excursion worth experiencing, tèlèfèrique to the Aiguille du Midi, one of the longest cable-car climbs with unforgettable views. There are other thrilling excursions around Chamonix if you intend to have a go at some it may be beneficial to purchase a multi pass which covers the lifts here, you should be able to get more details on these offers from your hotel or the tourist office.
Chamonix is a lively and bustling town and is ideal for skiers and non-skiers alike with many other activities on offer. The Richard Bozon Sports Centre located on avenue de la Plage has an indoor heated pool with waterslides, ice skating is available and you can enjoy the squash and tennis courts. You may prefer para gliding, heli-skiing all are available, plenty to keep you occupied.
For evening entertainment you will find numerous restaurants/eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. On the rue des Moulins English speaking bars/cafes are plentiful and if you explore a little further out of town there are cafes bars with live music and dancing. For those on package type holidays many of the hotels have their own entertainment programmes for your enjoyment. If you are self catering there are some excellent gourmet food shops you may like to try and a number of supermarkets.
The Chamonix Valley offers over 100kms of pistes, divided into four areas which are all linked by an efficient bus service (free with your lift pass). It is suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarding for all levels, but perhaps better suited to the advanced rider.
Other resort attractions you might enjoy while on holiday
here are horse-drawn carriage rides, ice-climbing, the 3 screen cinema and some really beautiful walks.
In the summer season you can enjoy hiking, horse back riding, mountain biking and perhaps some of the 330km of marked trails which take you through woodlands and pretty villages and along Alpine lakes. These picturesque trails offer choices to hikers and walkers of all levels. Chamonix has plenty to offer its visitors all year round with breathtaking sceneryand plenty of activities to try.