Samoëns to discover
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What strikes you when you arrive in Samoëns is the quietness and charm of the place. This semi-pedestrian village promises you a total change of scenery in the idyllic setting of the Alps. It is the ideal place for your next visits.
Samoëns is a village in Haute-Savoie, located in the heart of the Giffre valley in the French Alps. Situated at an altitude of 700 meters, Samoëns benefits from an ideal position only one hour from Geneva, Annecy or Chamonix. Overlooked by the cirque of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, the Aiguille du Criou or the Col de Joux Plane, the village perfectly reflects the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Originally, Samoëns refers to a medieval expression meaning "the seven mountains" which then surrounded the village (Cuidex, Vigny, Folly, Oddaz, Bostan, Chardonnière, Freterolles, La Vullie). "The seven mountains" today echo the name given to the inhabitants of Samoëns: the Septimontains.
The main asset of Samoëns?
Its central square retracing the history of the village. Between the Grenette, the Château de la Tour, the big lime tree, the church and the fountain with its bronze spouts, this square is the historical heart of Samoëns and retraces the local know-how of the Septimontains.
Samoëns is also structured around 9 hamlets, each with an exceptional chapel. Among the most important hamlets : Bérouze, Chantemerle, Vercland, Allamands and Vallons.
At the bend of each street, each path or each chapel, another story is proudly displayed, that of the stonecutters.
In 1659, the frahans (the name given to the stonemasons) were so numerous in Samoëns and their know-how so renowned, that they joined together in a very famous brotherhood which was called on the biggest building sites throughout the world: by Vauban for his fortifications, then by Bonaparte for the canals of Saint Quentin, in Givors and even further afield in Poland or Louisiana.
Testimonials of their talent remain in the architecture of the village and even today, stonemasons perpetuate the tradition and the brotherhood has been transformed into an association with a cultural purpose: "the Society of Masons".
All year round, daily.
Adult : 6 €.
Child : 5 € (- 12 years old free)
Group adults: from 90 € (for a group of 15 people. All extra people: 5,50€)
Children's group: from €4.50 (1 adult free for every 10 children.).
Free for children under 12 years old.