Tignes Les Brevieres
At the bottom of the dam at an altitude of 1550m, Tignes les Brevieres is one of the lower, more traditional villages of Tignes.
Originally, there were just two villages making up Tignes - Tignes Les Brevieres and Tignes itself. Both had existed since the 13th century. Les Brevieres housed 5000 workers in a series of huts when the dam was built. This had earned the village the title of the 'Wild West of Savoie' during the construction as men came from all over France to earn fortunes only to lose them again gambling, drinking and fighting in the many temporary bars and casinos. Fortunately, once the clean up was completed, Les Brevieres remained pretty much intact.
Unspoilt by large-scale modern development, this is still very much a corner of the real France - most of the village restaurants and bars are family run. It is also considerably cheaper to stay in than its better-known altitude neighbours, each 15 minutes away by road.
Tignes nowadays is made up of Tignes Les Brévières (1550m), Tignes Les Boisses (1800m), Tignes Le Lavachet, and the purpose-built villages of Tignes le Lac and Val Claret (2100m). There is plenty to do in Tignes in the summer including skiing/snowboarding on the Grande Motte Glacier.
The Perce-Neige funicular transports skiers/pedestrians, from Val Claret at 2100m in 7 minutes, to the slopes of the Grande Motte. On arrival at 3032m, you can then transfer to the Grande Motte cable-car that brings you to 3456m (11,339 ft), the highest point in Tignes.
The Tignes Glacier rises from 2700m to 3600m and boasts 20km of ski runs, 12 lifts, 750m of vertical, a snow park and an ice grotto, not to mention having breathtaking views. From its summit of 3656m, the Grand Motte glacier dominates the surrounding area. Grande Motte Glacier is open during the summer months allowing freestylers to practice in the snow park or watch the professionals complete their summer training. For beginners, the soft summer snow is ideal.
Tignes is host to a whole array of activities in the summer including mountain biking sports. Tignes is a very popular destination with many British and French tourists alike due to the range of activities available. There are many bars and restaurants in each of the Tignes villages and 4 nightclubs up at 2100m.
Interested in buying an apartment in Tignes? See our Buying in the Alps section