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A pretty, undiscovered rural valley village set amid forest with easy access to the extensive alpine region of the Grand Massif.

Samoëns is the only winter and summer sports resort in France to be listed as an 'Historic Monument'. It is an ideal holiday destination if you enjoy walking, mountain biking or a range of other summer sports but its special character makes it equally popular with visitors looking for the charm of a friendly village. Once a thriving stone-cutting centre, the medieval village still retains an ancient church, medieval fountains and a variety of quaint old buildings.

Despite recent growth on the outskirts of Samoëns, the many excellent traditional-style bars and restaurants, its cobbled streets and its shops still give the village a feel of 'real' rural France. Don't miss market day on Wednesdays in the church square. 

There is so much to do in Samoëns and the surrounding areas, with the rivers Giffre, Dranse, and Arve for fun in the water and chairlifts/gondolas allowing access to the highest points for mountain walks. The 18 hole golf courses at Les Carroz and Les Gets boasts fantastic views and uncrowded fairways. 

The Giffre and nearby Fer à Cheval (with its beautiful waterfalls) provide the backdrop for endless itineraries that can be enjoyed by walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. Most activities can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and both will enjoy the Indiana Adventure Park.

Slightly further down the Giffre Valley from Morillon (4 minutes away) and just before Sixt, Samoëns is only a 20 minute drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Cluses and only 55km from Geneva.

For more information read our blog about the top '5 Reasons for a Summer in Samoens' or our client's blog about her August family alpine holiday to Samoëns

Interested in buying an apartment in Samoëns? See our Buying in the Alps section 

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