Sallanches, Haute-Savoie: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Sallanches (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Sallanches is situated on the Sallanche river near Mont Blanc, west of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and north of Megeve. The imposing form of Mont Blanc ensures that there are impressive views from many places in and around the town.
Sallanches features two notable historic monuments: the bridge of Saint-Martin, and the collegiale Church of Saint-Jacques.
The collegiale church was constructed in baroque style in the 17th century on the site of an older church) and has a decorative interior with wall and ceiling paintings added in the 19th century by Italian artists, and a medieval tabernacle. The sundial on the church was added in the middle of the 19th century.
The bridge is very ancient in origins (certainly pre-1300) although the river has several times damaged the bridge causing it to be rebuilt at various times over the centuries. Now pedestrian only there are lovely views from the middle of the bridge along the wood lined banks of the river and to the mountains beyond.
There is also the smaller Church of Saint-Martin and several small chapels in Sallanches, and a walk along the river banks.
An interesting and extensive nature centre in Sallanches is found in a 14th century manor house, and provides a good introduction to the landscapes and wildlife of the region, while the waterfall at Arpenaz is a 270 metre high series of waterfalls above a nicely maintained picnic area.
Activities in the region
Given the location of the town, not surprisingly the focus is on outdoor activities - hiking, mountain-biking, horseriding and others - in the surrounding mountains and valleys. Rest assured there are almost unlimted opportunities for both summer and winter visitors!
Among the unmissable highlights within the region is the cablecar ride to the Aiguille de Midi (near Chamonix) - if the sky is clear there are exceptional views in all directions from the peak at an altitude of 3842 metres.
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Sallanches is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: Sallanches, Bonneville, Rhone-Alpes, 74700, France || GPS: latitude 45.9372, longitude 6.63278
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Megeve: ville fleurie 4* (9 km)
- Col de Romme: site of natural beauty (11 km)
- Col de la Colombière: site of natural beauty (14 km)
- Lac d'Anterne: site of natural beauty (14 km)
- Le Brévent: site of natural beauty (16 km)
- Lac Cornu: site of natural beauty (17 km)
- Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval: most beautiful village (17 km)
- Cascade du Rouget: site of natural beauty (17 km)
- Jardin botanique alpin La Jaÿsinia: remarkable garden (18 km)
- Glacier des Bossons: site of natural beauty (19 km)
- Aiguille du Midi: site of natural beauty (21 km)
- Mont Blanc: site of natural beauty (21 km)
Market days in Sallanches, France
Regular market(s) are held in Sallanches each Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Sallanches (Francais)