Le Grand-Bornand is one of the best preserved and most beautiful of the Savoyard villages.
Perfectly located between Mont Blanc, Lake Annecy and Switzerland, the local community has carefully worked to combine their visitor's needs, whilst maintaining the area's traditional charm and respecting its alpine heritage. The Aravis Mountains form the main backdrop to the village which is divided into two parts. The original village is the picture of old France with its church, market square and "grenette" - a traditionally roofed market hall.
Six kilometres up the valley Le Grand-Bornand – Chinaillon is the other part of the resort. Chinaillon itself is very well preserved with the older parts dating back to 17th century.
Apart from the usual mountain activities, the Grand Bornand and Aravis mountain range offer more than 200km of marked mountain bike trails accessible with a special lift pass. The more adventurous can try paragliding or hot air ballooning above the impressive mountain range and valleys.
Only a 30 minute drive away, a visit to Annecy is a must; with its dramatic backdrop of sharp mountain peaks, the turquoise lake is one of Europe’s most romantic lakes. Annecy often referred to as ‘the Venice of the Alps’, is a pretty city with old quarters offering an array of restaurants, bars, shops and activities. The attractions of Chamonix and Lake Geneva are only a one hour drive away.
Interested in buying an apartment in Grand Bornand? See our Buying in the Alps section