Nick Jones - Portes du Soleil - Chatel, Abondance, Bernex, Morzine, Thollon les Memises
Welcome to Chatel, Evian-les-Bains and the Abondance Valley - 2 of the most beautiful mountain and lakeside destinations in the French Alps - and the lush alpine valley in between that sweeps south from the shores of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) to the snow capped peaks of the high alps. This small part of the Haute Savoie is without doubt one of the most beautiful and exciting areas to live, work and play in the world, all year round - and yet remains relatively undiscovered by many. Just 75 minutes by car from the bustling city of Geneva and its international airport and 30 minutes from the closest French autoroute, Chatel, Evian and the Abondance Valley are all easily accessed from major UK and European cities - great for home owners and property investors, and ideal for weekend, week or longer winter ski and summer breaks. Chatel sits at the head of the valley, a charming and very traditional alpine village at the heart of the massive Portes Du Soleil - the worlds largest interconnected ski area - offering 650 km of pistes for all abilities that traverse the border country between France and Switzerland in winter - and transform into the worlds leading collection of mountain bike trails during the summer. The very chic lakeside resort of Evian-les-Bains sits in an idyllic location at the foot of the valley, on the shores of Lake Leman, opposite the lakeside towns of the Swiss Riviera - Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux. Famed for the quality and healing capabilities of its water, Evian also offers a rich and diverse mix of cultural, art and sporting activities - playing host to regular concerts and art exhibitions as well as major sporting events, including the the Annual Ladies Masters Golf Tournament at the Evian Royal Golf club. The world famous Montreux Jazz Festival takes place close by for three weeks in July each year. In between Evian and Chatel, the Abondance Valley offers peace, quiet and stunning views and vistas from a host of small Savoyard hamlets and villages located along the valley. Whether your interests are mountain, lake or a combination of both - including skiing, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning, white water rafting, beaches, swimming, sailing, music, art, theatre, gastronomy, wine and more, this wonderfully diverse region undoubtedly has something for you.
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