Located between Paris and the French Riviera, on the borders of Switzerland and Italy, Savoy is situated in the Rhône Alpes Region at the crossroads of Europe, near 2 international airports : Lyon and Geneva.
This area proposes plenty of different landscapes: lakes (Lake du Bourget or Annecy) , valleys and vineyards , mountains ( resorts of Courchevel , Méribel , Val d'Isere , Megeve ) , natural parks ( Vanoise National Park ) , and unique sites such as the Mont Blanc Massif and the Chartreuse.
The gastronomic heritage of Savoy is one of its best assets with its many local products ( Reblochon, Tomme of Savoy , Beaufort, Crozets of Savoy, wines and vermouth ... )
Situated in the north of the district of Savoy, the Lake Bourget is the largest natural lake of ice age origines in France.
Of a great ecological interest and with many natural resources, it has been a major touristic destination since the nineteenth century. Covering 45 km² (4 450 hectares), the lake streches over 18 kms in length and 1.6 kms to 3.5 kms in width. Its average depth is 85 m and it can reach a maximum of 145m. The average water temperature in summer is 23 ° C and 7 ° C in winter.
Its eastern basin is home to the towns of Aix les Bains, famous for its therms, and, further south, Chambéry, historically known for its Duchy in the first place and its Kingdoms afterwards, Prefecture of Savoy nowadays. Between the Abbey of Hautecombe, Bourdeau and Le Bourget du Lac, the north to south west bank has remained wild.
According to the legend, likewise the Lakes of Geneva and Annecy, the Lake Bourget was born out of the tears of an angel who was commanded by God to leave the Northern Alps, with two of his fellowmen.
« Gourmet Lakeside pile dwellings », le Bourget du Lac (4200 inhab.) is located on the southern side of the Lake Bourget. With its ravishing site and stunning views, it is a source of relaxation offering all sorts of pleasurable entertainment and sportive activities, both on the waters of France largest natural lake and in the surrounding countryside.
Take a trip around to discover the lake’s western shore, called Wild Coast, from the Abbey of Hautecombe to Chanaz and the Canal de Savière that links the lake to the Rhone river. The road then leads to the eastern side: Brison St Innocent via La Chambotte down to the thermal town of Aix les Bains, its casino, hippodrome and golf, all at the foot of the Mont Revard.
The city of Chambéry, founded in Roman times: City of art and history, proud of its historical past as capital of Savoy, it has retained a certain Italian charm, with its « old town » and its pedestrian streets, shadowed by the Castle of the Dukes of Savoy. Chambery is nonetheless a Contemporary city with the Espace Malraux, the city of arts, and Le Manège, convention center …
The priviledged location bodes many discoveries and adventures.