Dominated by the Aiguille du Midi and the 4810m high Mont-Blanc, the old village is in a spectacular setting towards the head of the Chamonix valley.
It sits beneath the renowned Glacier at Les Grands Montets. The village retains picturesque mountain feel with a large number of traditional wooden houses, as well as ancient farmhouses. There is a newer side too with all the modern shops and services, a variety of cosy bars and restaurants.
A shuttle bus runs into Chamonix (4km) from Argentiere every 15 minutes (see timetable at bottom of this page). The bustling town has many shops, an Olympic ice rink, a sports complex with swimming pool, indoor tennis, climbing wall, a bowling and 3 cinemas.
The cable car in Argentière will lift you to the top of les Grands Montets at 3300m whilst less than 4km away, Europe's highest cable car will take you to the fascinating Aiguille du Midi. From there the views are literally breathtaking. The Montenvers train journey to the 'Sea of Ice' is also captivating.
With 350km of walking area, many lifts operating throughout the summer and more than 46 different sports activities the choice is endless. Sunday is market day.
MultiPass Mont Blanc Card
The Multipass Mont-Blanc chip card is the best way to enjoy many of the world renowned facilities in the Chamonix Valley. It gives you free access to all the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc facilities and will save you valuable time by avoiding ticket queues and extra reservation fees (eg for Aiguille du Midi). Facilities include the Aiguille du Midi (inc. booking fee of €2 + Free access to the top lift of Aiguille du Midi -instead of €3), Montenvers train to the Sea of Ice, Mont-Blanc Tramway, Flégère, Brévent, Balme, Grands Montets, Bossons lift and Prarion gondola in les Houches. You will also get discounts on the Chamonix tourist train and Courmayeur lifts in Italy. Pre-book with Peak Retreats. Prices from £48 per adult, £41 per child and £132 per family for 1 day. View here for full prices of MULTIPASS MONT BLANC
Places of interest around Argentiere
· Chamonix: The world capital of mountaineering is only a few miles from Argentière. Very cosmopolitan it boasts first rate leisure facilities and a huge range of shops and restaurants.
· L’Aiguille du Midi is reached by cable car from Chamonix. The views from Europe’s highest cable car station (3842m) are literally breathtaking. From there you can walk back to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ with ease and catch Montenvers train back to town.
· Argentières’s cable car to Les Grands Montets glacier also offers the starting point for superb walking itineraries.
Interested in buying an apartment in Argentiere? See our Buying in the Alps section
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View here for a virtual visit of Argentiere (Plaine de Praz)