On or off the slopes, there’s fun to be had in this alpine ski village
France’s Saint-gervais Mont-blanc is an alpine playground.
Wedged between the bright lights of Chamonix and the chichi fur coat-coated streets of ritzy Megève, you’ll find Saint-gervais Mont-blanc, a picturesque mountain playground in south-eastern France that has retained its Savoyard soul.
This turn-of-the-century spa town nestled against Mont Blanc’s flanks is an authentic slice of France, with traditional buildings, rich heritage, baroque churches and gourmet fare. It’s famous for its winter sports, but in summer you can get the adrenaline pumping with alpine hikes, mountain biking, white-water rafting and a climb up p Mont Blanc, ,y if you dare.
Water, water everywhere. In summer when the snow melts, liquid fun can be had on nearby Lake Annecy, the new and ultra-modern Saint-gervais Mont-blanc public pool, the selfcleaning ecological lake at Combloux, or the thermal baths for which the town was initially named. Dive on in.
In the northern summer, the Alps bloom wildly – and bustle with people who are all too happy to soak up the sights and scents of alpine flowers, green meadows and the fresh air rolling off the glaciers. There are free festivals, athletic races and heaps of hiking trails that don’t cost a cent.