In the heart of the Alps, the Savoie department is the most mountainous in France. Nearly 90% of its territory is located in mountainous areas. The massifs follow one another: Maurienne, Aravis, Tarentaise, Beaufortin, but also the Bauges, shared with Haute-Savoie, and the Chartreuse, shared with Isère. People come here to ski in a wide range of winter sports resorts, from the most upscale, such as Courchevel or Méribel, to the most picturesque village resorts, including La Rosière. In spring, hikers enjoy reaching the summits via high altitude trails, while cyclists enjoy crossing the passes. There are also walls for climbers and more confidential disciplines such as trail running or rafting. Savoy is very sporty!

In addition, there is an important architectural and cultural heritage with more than 200 sites listed in the inventory of historic monuments: churches, chapels, administrative buildings, private mansions, castles... Chambéry, the historic capital of Savoy, is particularly rich in this area. Aix-les-Bains by its lake is a must. But the jewel remains theabbaye d'Hautecombe (12th century) overlooking Lake Bourget, which houses the tombs of the princes of Savoy. Savoie also includes cheeses such as Beaufort. And after skiing, tradition dictates that we share a Savoyard fondue at the chalet, by the fire, while drinking a small Savoy wine. All happiness! All you have to do is consult your tourist guide to select the right addresses

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When to go to Savoie?

The high tourist season in Savoie is undoubtedly the winter when skiers flock to the resorts. The department has large high-altitude resorts, which provide snow early in the season and during the off-season. If you want to take advantage of advantageous rates, rent your stay outside the school holidays in all areas. Find out about traffic conditions before you go to the resort in winter after heavy snowfalls. Some access is then difficult with the risk of traffic jams. You should also know that the major road passes, including the Galibier, Iseran or Petit-Saint-Bernard, are closed for several months during the winter due to the accumulated snow. In summer, the mountain pastures are lively and keep a freshness appreciated when the heat wave rages in the valley. Hikers cross the herds, marmots whistle, eagles swirl in the sky, it is a shared mountain that we enjoy. An atmosphere quite different from that of the white winter when you make your mark... Stock up on beaufort d'alpage, a seasonal cheese with a unique flavour. For the rest, all year round you can visit the Savoyard cities - Chambéry, Aix-les-Bains - to enjoy their casual atmosphere and rich heritage. In Aix-les-Bains, the thermal season is open almost all year round (closing in December and January).

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