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Find out what makes Le Grand Bornand a perfect destination

Summer in Grand Bornand

Le Grand Bornand is the perfect mountain paradise for sports lovers, families and those just looking to get away from it all. Surrounded by authentic wooden chalets, wherever you look there's a photograph waiting to be taken! Le Grand Bornand accommodation offers everything from traditional chalets with every convenience, chic apartments and luxury mountain lodges.

Le Grand Bornand has been a farming village much longer than it has been a holiday destination, and residents are very proud of the fact that they are outnumbered by their cows. You can buy local produce, including delicious cheese, direct from the farms, or at the weekly markets.

Le Grand Bornand has been awarded Famille Plus status, in recognition of the superb childcare and activity programme it provides for children of every age group, and if you visit in August, don't miss Au Bonheur des Mômes - the largest children's festival in Europe! There are forest trails, golf courses, pony rides and organised children's clubs to make sure they never get bored. And if they are happy, you're happy!

Those looking for adventure can try road biking, mountain biking around town, up in Chinaillon or on the many tracks around the mountain, riding between cows and through mountain streams. Those not afraid of heights can try the high ropes located behind the ice rink.

Paragliders benefit from free buses to return to town after they land, and people with reduced mobility can fly tandem! Hiking and climbing are also much-loved and popular sports in and around Le Grand Bornand.

 

If all that sounds like too much hard work, why not play a game of golf, go fishing, join a guided mountain walk, try horse riding or test your pétanque skills. After all that activity, head to the acquatic area, with a shallow outdoor swimming pool for kids, plus a deep outdoor pool for swimming and diving, plus a waterslide. There's also plenty of grassy areas within the swimming pool grounds so you can soak up some sun while your muscles relax between swims.

The villages around Le Grand Bornand offer even more activities, including painballing, via ferrata, Bun-J Ride bungee jump, canyoning and more.

If you'd rather just kick back and relax, why not book a massage or enjoy a day at a mountain spa? Many of our luxury chalets have their own spa and Jacuzzi, so you may not even need to go out. Just relax on your balcony with a glass of wine and enjoy the views as the sun sinks behind the mountains. If you're lucky, you might even see shooting stars! 

For dinner, how about a barbecue on your terrace, or try one of the many traditional restaurants in Le Grand Bornand or the surrounding villages. 

The alpine air is well-known for being clean and pure, and the weather, although warmest in summer, is usually still quite warm and dry in spring and autumn too. Spending a week in Le Grand Bornand will make you wish you'd booked your chalet for a month.

10 Reasons To Choose Le Grand Bornand For Your Winter Holiday

 Family holidays -

Children are truly the VIP in Grand Bornand! They have a rich program of activities and several excellent nurseries and groups. And if you're there in August, do not miss the festival' Au Bonheur des Mômes' - the largest festival in Europe for the young!

2. Discover nature -

Take a gentle hike or take the chair lift to higher ground to discover not only superb views but also a wide range of flora and fauna - don't forget your camera!

Get on your bike -

There's a wide variety of bike trails, suitable for all ages and abilities. Take a picnic for a family day out, or if you fancy a challenge, follow the gruelling climbs of the Tour de France route

Charming villages

Stop for a delicious al fresco lunch at any one of the villages around Le Grand Bornand and you'll be surrounded by beautiful views.

Easily accessible

Improved motorway links mean Le Grand Bornand is less than an hour from Geneva airport, and the TGV station in Annecy is just 20 minutes away.

8. Traditional food and shopping

There are more than 300 shops in Le Grand Bornand and neighbouring La Clusaz, as well as weekly markets where you can pick up local crafts and delicious produce. There is also a big choice of bars and restaurants, offering anything from traditional Savoyard cuisine to pizzerias and Asian cuisine.

7. Sports for all -

It's all about the great outdoors in the gorgeous mountain playground of Le Grand Bornand. There's horseriding, golf, beach volleyball and beautiful outdoor swimming pools. You might like to have a go at archery, see the mountains from above in a hot air balloon, play tennis or go off on a Segway tour - the choice is yours.

Live like a local

Take a guided hike into the mountains, visit a farm and let the farmer show you how to make delicious cheese - then taste it! Book your hike at the tourist office.

Take a day trip -

Le Grand Bornand is just 20 minutes away from the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy. Browse antique shops, eat at Michelin- starred restaurants or while away a few hours on the beach. There are plenty of watersports available, or just hire a boat and discover lakeside villages.

10. Get away from it all -

When the rest of Europe is heading for the crowded coast, come to the mountains, breathe pure air and go away rested and revived.

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