The village of Samoëns is surrounded by 7 mountains and visitors particularly love the authentic charm of this place.
Samoëns is spread over altitudes of between 700 and 2,500 metres, at the heart of Haut-Giffre Valley, north-east of Haute Savoie, halfway between Chamonix and Geneva, at the foot of the Criou mountain and just a stone’s throw from the glacial Cirque du Fer à Cheval, the very last limestone section of the Alps until we reach the Aiguilles Rouges granite rocks. The mountainous landscapes here are particularly relaxing. Today, it has become all all-year-round destination and it is part of the Grand Massif ski area. Samoëns has all the facilities and amenities that holidaymakers expect to find, as well as having preserved its traditional architecture and cultural heritage. The village-resort offers a wide range of activities on land, water or in the air, all in an absolutely superb setting.
In the historical centre of the village, the former indoor market and the Gros Tilleul (ancient linden tree) bear witness to an ancient past. Not too far away, the Jaÿsinia Alpine Botanical Garden is an invitation to relax and unwind while exploring a natural treasure right at the heart of the village. Through the leaves of the trees we can catch a glimpse of “Notre Dame de l’Assomption”, the church of Samoëns which is the architectural proof of the fantastic expertise of the village’s renowned stone cutters.
Colette Gerome and Violaine Simon Savoie Mont Blanc Heritage Guides
Samoëns in Giffre Valley, Haute-Savoie, and the septimontains (inhabitants of Samoëns)
Where did the Bézières (channels made from wood) go? The use of water
Jaÿsinia Alpine Botanical Garden
Stone cutters. A tour of the cemetery