If you have never visited Chamonix, it is difficult to fully understand the pulling attraction it can have on you, once you have been there. It calls you back, charmed by the beauty of its nature and the quality of its activities. That is why those who have visited Chamonix only once are rare, as most make it a regular destination afterwards.
- Chamonix: A Unique Geographical Location of Natural Splendour
Chamonix benefits from a unique location in the world. Situated at the base of the Mont-Blanc (the highest peak in the French Alps), and at the intersection of Switzerland and Italy, it benefits from natural surroundings difficult to surpass. The best way to discover this city is to book a stay in a 4 star Chamonix hotel with Spa, where you will learn the true meaning of the words “relaxation” and “beauty.” No wonder Chamonix hosted the very first winter Olympic Games in 1924!
For over 150 years, people from all over the world have come to Chamonix to practice mountain climbing and skiing. You can say that Mont-Blanc is right at the center of history when it comes to mountaineering. Today, people still head to the mountain for luxury winter holidays, but summer has been attracting a lot more visitors thanks to new activities, such as mountain bike tracks. This sport has become extremely popular, thanks to the lengths of the tracks and the landscape they go through.
- Chamonix: A Second Home
Many of its regular visitors prefer to enjoy the luxury of a Chamonix hotel with a spa, but some simply feel the need to buy a property, so they can come whenever they want. A typical chalet in the area will usually be situated on a quarter acre and can be bought for €2.5 million to €10 million. At that price, your new home will usually come with indoor and outdoor pools, a mini-cinema and bedroom suites.
There are a little less than 12,000 permanent residents in Chamonix, but in peak seasons it goes up importantly: 100,000 in winter and 130,000 in summer. This number may seem large, if you think of the city of Chamonix, but the region of Mont-Blanc covers 95 square miles, representing the fourth-largest commune in mainland France.
With the announcement of a €1 billion infrastructure upgrade of the Mont-Blanc, we can safely say that Chamonix and the region of Haute-Savoie will remain one of the most visited areas of France for outdoor activities, in the near future.