Situated at the foot of Mont-Blanc and 20 minutes from bustling Chamonix, the spa resort of Saint-Gervais with its Baroque church and pedestrian areas has attracted tourists since 1806.
Set in a narrow river gorge halfway between Megève and Chamonix, the landscape is impressive wherever you look. This small Savoyard market town offers an excellent selection of interesting food shops, cosy bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Every Thursday morning in Saint-Gervais there is a superb genuine market
Among Saint Gervais’ attractions are thermal baths with spa treatments, a cinema, casino, and many outdoor activities available such as an Olympic skating rink or unforgettable walks and rambles with over 180km of marked paths and trails, including a Baroque footpath. There is also a great children’s club offering plenty of games and activities and you can visit a traditional old farmhouse with a trip to the Ecomuseum. Finally, an excursion up the mountain on the Mont-Blanc Tramway is not to be missed.
The Mont Blanc Tramway is one of the last rack & pinion trains in France although the locomotives are no longer steam powered. In summer, the Tramway takes you to the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier, the Nid d'Aigle, at an altitude of 2372 metres. From here experienced mountaineers can climb to the Tête Rousse and Goûter mountain huts, and the Mont Blanc.
Places of interest around Saint-Gervais
· Chamonix: The world capital of mountaineering is only a short drive away. 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.
· During the course of you stay, discover the benefits of health and beauty spa treatments at the hot springs. Saint-Gervais is the only ‘Alti Forme’ resort in the Alps
· Tramway du Mont Blanc